What Is Chronic Migraine?
A chronic migraine is a painful and recurring form of headache that can be debilitating for those who suffer from it. Typically, migraine episodes affect one side of the head with a pulsating feeling and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Sensitivity to light, sound or smell, as well as nausea are frequently associated symptoms.
Although the underlying mechanisms of migraines are not fully known, they are believed to be caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors.
In many cases, over-the-counter medication for migraine is ineffective, and people often turn to prescription medication or medical treatment to cope with their symptoms.
Chronic Migraine Treatments
One of the most effective treatments for reducing the chronic migraine symptoms is having a highly qualified dermatologist inject a very small amount of Botox® into your head and neck muscles to relax them.
The Botox® for chronic migraine treatment is approved by the FDA and Health Canada for adults who suffer from headaches for 15 or more days every month.
The Botox® treatment requires a referral from your family doctor or neurologist and is not covered by OHIP (although your private insurance might cover all or some of it).