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A common type of debilitating headache is a migraine. It is about three times more common in women than in men. Migraines tend to be severe and are often associated with nausea and sensitivity to light, noise or smells.

People often mistake migraines for other types of headaches. Since many people don't recognize the symptoms of a migraine, they don't talk with their doctor about treatment options. Gundersen's Headache Clinic can provide treatment options that work best for migraine headaches.

Often, migraines are mistaken for a sinus headache and are treated with sinus medicine. This can actually make the headaches worse if used too often. Migraine-specific prescription medications can often stop severe headaches and help people return to normal function within two hours.

Migraines frequently have triggers such as:

  • Certain foods
  • Lack of sleep
  • Stress
  • Change in the weather

To identify triggers, people should keep a log of migraines and share the information with their primary care provider.

To reduce the frequency and severity of headaches, avoid triggers by adopting lifestyle changes such as:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Eliminating caffeine, alcohol and nicotine
  • Establishing consistent sleeping and eating patterns
  • Exercising regularly
  • Reducing stress and anxiety

While it's common to reach for a pill when a headache strikes, people should be careful of chronic overuse of over-the-counter pain medications. Pain relieving medications taken too often may do more harm than good. They can hamper the body's natural pain-fighting mechanisms leaving headache sufferers more susceptible to pain after the medication effects wear off.

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BOTOX® use for Chronic Migraine

Chronic migraine is characterized by those who have a history of migraines and suffer from headaches on 15 or more days per month with headaches lasting four hours a day or longer.

BOTOX® is the first clinically studied preventative treatment to be approved by the FDA specifically for this debilitating problem. It is not known whether BOTOX is safe or effective to prevent headaches in patients with migraine who have 14 or fewer headaches each month (episodic migraine).

The recommended re-treatment schedule for BOTOX is every 12 weeks and is covered by most insurance companies if specific requirements are met. During treatment, you receive 31 very fine needle injections of BOTOX in a specific injection pattern in your head and neck. Please note that this treatment is different from cosmetic treatments with BOTOX.

If you're bothered by recurring headaches, talk to your primary healthcare provider or contact the Headache Clinic.

During treatment, you receive 31 very fine needle injections of BOTOX in a specific injection pattern on your head and neck.
Injections are on both the right and left side of the head

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