Botox has been an approved treatment for Chronic Migraine since 2011. Interestingly, the effects on migraine were first noted in the 1980s among women having cosmetic Botox treatments.
We now understand that in chronic migraine sensory nerves become hypersensitive and inflamed. This leads to increasing frequency of migraine attacks that are more easily triggered. Botox works by preventing the release of pain transmitters from the sensory nerves and can start to decrease the severity and frequency of migraine attacks. These injections are performed every 3 months and at least 3 treatments are needed to determine effectiveness.
Many private insurance companies will cover the cost of Botox for chronic migraine. Book a complimentary virtual headache triage visit to determine if this is a treatment option for you.