Recently identified as a type of chronic daily headache, Chronic Migraine is a condition defined by migraine or tension type headaches occurring more than 15 days a month over the period of 3 months. Chronic headache is one of the world’s most disabling conditions according to the World Health Organization, and it is affecting approximately 2% of the world’s population.
Symptoms and Causes of Chronic Migraine
The cause of Chronic Migraine is not clearly defined, but to some people there appear to be certain migraine triggers. Some common offenders are stress, skipping meals, and the consumption of caffeinated foods and drinks.
If you have a one-sided headache that is causing a pulsating pain made worse by physical activity, you could be suffering from Chronic Migraine. This type of headache can also cause nausea or vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.
Botox as a Treatment for Migraine
Typically used as a treatment for reducing wrinkles and fine lines on the face, Botox is now being offered as a prescription medication for treatment of chronic migraine headaches in people 18 years and above. It is FDA approved and is clinically proven effective in reducing headache days for Chronic Migraine but not for other types of headache. According to the Phase 3 Research Evaluating Migraine Prophylaxis Therapy (PREEMPT) trials conducted in 2010, Botox significantly reduced headache symptoms and improved quality of life when used in Chronic Migraine sufferers. Botox is injected into the head and neck to treat Chronic Migraines.