Migraine headaches can really interfere with functioning in your day to day life. What is a migraine? Migraines cause recurrent moderate to severe throbbing pain, usually on one side of the head. These attacks can last anywhere from hours to days with disabling pain accompanied with nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
According to the American Migraine Foundation, some suffers experience migraine warning symptoms. This includes blurry vision and sensitivity to bright lights, they can happen before and carry on through the headache. When a more dramatic change in vision happens, such as losing part of your vision or seeing zigzag or squiggly lines, doctors call this Visual Aura. The good news it, this usually doesn’t last longer than an hour.
Other types of Aura can occur, patients report numbness, tingling or weakness. If you experience these Aura symptoms, chances are you also experience Visual Aura.
Botox® was licensed specifically for the treatment of chronic migraines in July 2010 by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
According to the Migraine Trust Organization, in a Two Phase 3 Research Evaluating Migraine Prophylaxis Therapy (PREEMPT) trials after 6 months, 2 cycles of treatment those treated with Botox® had an average of eight less days of headache each month. After 12 months, 70% had experienced at least ½ of the number of headaches that they originally experienced. No serious irreversible side effects have ever been reported in trials of Botox® in headache.
Some patients find in Peri-Menopause migraine attacks are linked to their periods. The ovaries produce less estrogen and hormone fluctuation can make for severe migraines or increasing in occurrence. HRT if taken in the right dose can often help with Peri-Menopausal Migraines, in addition to hot flashes and night sweats.
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