Headaches can occur for a whole host of reasons – but migraines in particular have their own series of theorised causes. The precise mechanics aren’t entirely known, though there seem to be genetic and environmental factors at play.
Individual migraine episodes can be triggered by a number of things. For example, stress, overloaded senses (through bright lights or strange smells), hormonal changes and certain medications are all possible triggers – though there are many more.
Many different types of headaches mean many different kinds of treatment. Migraines are the one type of headache that are treated with Botulinum at this point – any other conditions will be managed by your GP or another referred specialist. When Botulinum is used in treating chronic migraines, injections are made into the muscles of the forehead, scalp and sometimes neck – with repeated treatments necessary in order to renew the effects of the substance.
Botox® is a prescription medicine for the treatment of frown lines, horizontal forehead lines and crow’s feet round the eyes. Botox® has risks and benefits. Ask your doctor if Botox is right for you. If you have side effects, see your doctor. You will need to pay for Botox® and clinic fees will apply. For details on precautions & side effects consult your healthcare professional or the Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) at www.medsafe.govt.nz . Botox® treatment lasts about 4 months and further courses of treatment may be necessary. Should only be administered by trained medical professionals. Contains botulinum toxin A 50,100 & 200 units. Allergan (NZ) Limited, Auckland.