More than a headache

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - Her Diy -

3.2 mil­lion Amer­i­cans live with Chronic Mi­graine- a neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion that amounts to much more than just fre­quent headaches and mi­graines. Mi­graine headaches are some­times called “sick headaches” be­cause they are of­ten ac­com­pa­nied by nau­sea and sen­si­tiv­ity to light and sound. Pa­tients with chronic mi­graine ex­pe­ri­ence a headache more than 15 days of the month last­ing more than 4 hours. This con­di­tion can greatly af­fect fam­ily, work, and so­cial life, so it is im­por­tant to have a va­ri­ety of ef­fec­tive treat­ment op­tions avail­able.

Treat­ments for Chronic Mi­graine fall into 2 cat­e­gories:

1. Acute treat­ment - done with med­i­ca­tions taken to re­duce pain once a mi­graine has started. 2. Pre­ven­ta­tive treat­ment – med­i­ca­tion or ther­apy used be­fore a mi­graine starts You may be a can­di­date for pre­ven­tive ther­apy if: You have 15 de­bil­i­tat­ing at­tacks a month If at­tacks last more than 4 hours If pain-re­liev­ing med­i­ca­tions aren’t help­ing If your mi­graine symp­toms in­clude a pro­longed aura or numb­ness and weak­ness Pre­ven­tive med­i­ca­tions can re­duce the fre­quency, sever­ity and length of mi­graines and may in­crease the ef­fec­tive­ness of symp­tom-re­liev­ing medicines used dur­ing mi­graine at­tacks. There is now a new pre­ven­ta­tive op­tion to re­duce the days and hours spent in pain as a re­sult of this con­di­tion. BO­TOX neu­ro­toxin in­jec­tions, fa­mous for smooth­ing out wrin­kles on the face, is the first and only FDA-ap­proved treat­ment for chronic mi­graine that pre­vents headaches and mi­graines be­fore they even start. The FDA’s ap­proval for use of Bo­tox to fight mi­graines was based on the re­sults of two stud­ies in­volv­ing 1,384 adults. The stud­ies re­port that pa­tients treated with Bo­tox ex­pe­ri­enced a ma­jor de­crease in the fre­quency of headache days. When treat­ing chronic mi­graine, a qual­i­fied med­i­cal spe­cial­ist ad­min­is­ters 31 Bo­tox in­jec­tions into seven spe­cific head and neck sites. Bo­tox to treat chronic mi­graines is ad­min­is­tered ev­ery 12 weeks. This treat­ment is now re­viewed and, when war­ranted, ap­proved by ap­prox­i­mate 95% of med­i­cal in­sur­ance car­ri­ers. More de­tailed in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing Bo­tox for chronic mi­graine and the med­i­cal spe­cial­ists trained in your area is avail­able at www.botox­chron­icmi­

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