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Get Help for Severe Migraine Headaches

If you suffer from extreme headaches, they might have been diagnosed as migraine headaches. Maybe you have already tried all of the over-the-counter pain medications that people have recommended to you. If they didn't give you any relief, your doctor or your physician's assistant might have prescribed stronger medications.

Maybe those didn't work, either. If that's the case, your doctor might recommend that you have neurotoxin injections. If he or she isn't comfortable giving you the injections himself or herself, you will be referred to a doctor, maybe a pain specialist, who will have the training and the experience needed to administer the neurotoxin substance in injection form.

Interestingly, neurotoxin would be poisonous if you ate spoiled foods. You have more than likely heard of people who got a botulism reaction by eating bad food. That is because it was taken into the stomach. That won't happen when you get the neurotoxin injections. When administered correctly by a professional, neurotoxin is not only safe, but it can give you tremendous relief. 

If you have bad headaches, but they haven't been diagnosed as migraine headaches, botox treatment injections won't work for you. For that reason, the doctor who treats you will make sure that your headaches truly are in the migraine category. 

The injections will probably be administered once every twelve weeks. You might have up to forty injections by the time the treatments are over. Be aware that you might have to wait two or three weeks to feel noticeable relief. Until that time, your doctor might give you other pain medications to tide you over until the neurotoxin does its work.

There are other things you can do while you're waiting for your neurotoxin treatments to work. Some of them might be too simple, but it won't hurt to try them.

  • When possible, give yourself time-out sessions if you are feeling stressed.
  • Apply cold compresses to your head and lie down for as long as you can.
  • Consider going to a massage therapist. Explain that you have migraine headaches.
  • Avoid loud sounds like vacuum noise or noise from a food processor.
  • Keep a food diary. Note which foods trigger your headaches so you can avoid them.
  • If you have little children, set their books and toys in front of your sofa or bed.
  • While they're playing, you can rest and still make sure they're safe and happy.

Be sure to call your doctor if you have concerns or questions. Keep his or her phone number in a place where you or a family member can always access it.