For most people with migraines or severe headaches, besides the immobilizing pain, you cannot predict when they will come. Often the pain can be so severe that it can cause nausea, sweating and sometimes panic. There are many remedies for migraines, including prescription and over the counter pain relievers. Prescription medication often comes with side effects that can cause other problems. Sometimes, alternative health treatments can help ease the regularly occurring headaches, but usually they don’t get rid of them entirely. So, what to do for relief?
At Beauty Refined, Dr. Tantawi has closely followed the development of the use of Botox, as a remedy for his patients suffering from migraines and headaches. Botox has been FDA approved since 2010 as a migraine treatment, and Dr. Tantawi and his staff have treated countless patients, and given them relief from pain, and the freedom to live without fear of a migraine episode.
If you are suffering from the debilitating effects of migraines and severe headaches, request a consultation today with Dr. Tantawi. He is board certified and specializes in surgery and cosmetic surgery. He and his professional staff are committed to helping you find relief from your pain.
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What causes migraine headaches?
Migraines and headaches can be debilitating. Many times, headaches occur as a result of tension in the neck and shoulders – muscles that indicate stress – or they may be caused by problems with vision. However, migraines may also have serious causes that require medical treatment.
As WebMD notes , about 28 million Americans suffer from migraines. Although it is not known exactly what causes migraines, potential triggers include changes in sleep patterns, weather conditions, hormones, certain foods, anxiety or fatigue .
As WebMD notes , about 28 million Americans suffer from migraines. Although it is not known exactly what causes migraines, potential triggers include changes in sleep patterns, weather conditions, hormones, certain foods, anxiety or fatigue . Migraine sufferers often notice warning signs before an attack occurs that might signal they are about to experience pain. These symptoms include yawning frequently, nausea and vomiting , dizziness , sensitivities to light and sound , blurred vision , tingling in the arms and legs, intense drowsiness, mood changes and feelings of euphoria or anger .
Treatment for Migraines
Over the Counter and Prescription Medications
If you suffer from migraines you may take over-the-counter (OTC) medications like ibuprofen (Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol), naproxen sodium (Aleve) or aspirin to alleviate pain. According to MayoClinic.com , other OTC remedies that may help with migraines include antihistamines like fexofenadine (Allegra Allergy); the herb feverfew; magnesium supplements , which are good for muscle relaxation; ketoprofen gel applied to the forehead at the first sign of a migraine; lidocaine patches, which are a non prescription topical pain reliever that may be helpful for migraines; and the prescription triptans, which are drugs that constrict blood vessels in the brain.
In addition to OTC medications, a number of prescription drugs may help control migraine pain. These include metoclopramide (Reglan) and prochlorperazine (Compazine), as well as certain antidepressants . For those who suffer from anemia related to menstrual cycles , medication can help with this as well as hormone replacement therapy.
Botulinum toxin A (Botox) injections were approved for the treatment of chronic migraines — those occurring more than 15 days per month — by the FDA in 2010. The procedure involves numbing the injection site. Then Dr. Tantawi injects small doses of Botox into the muscles on your head and neck, to reduce pain signals sent to the brain. This treatment is effective for most patients, but it does require treatments at 12 week intervals.
Results will be different for individual patients but for the most part results can last up to 4 months. Patients report that the treatment has helped them manage their pain and that they can resume their normal life after the procedure.
Muscles and nerves in the face and head are very complex. It’s important that you make sure that you get treatment from a board certified specialist like Dr. Tanawi for safe, effective relief.
If you’re suffering from debilitating migraines and headaches, and have tried other treatments without results, call or request a consultation today and get back to your normal life. Dr. Tantawi and his staff are committed to helping you find the pain relief you desire and deserve.