Has anyone here tried Botox for relief? Seems like the older I get the worse they get. I am so worried when the next one will come. I have tried nortrityln(sp)Effexor, Imitrex and now a Beta Blocker. People who have never had a migraine don’t understand. I am in the process of changing from Effexor to the Beta blocker and I had had 2 severe migraines in the last week. Looking for more options, as is everyone one else.
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I’ve not tried Botox, but it works wonders for some people. Unfortunately there are people with migraine who think it’s a ‘miracle’ solution and forget to monitor and avoid their migraine triggers. The fact is we have to monitor our triggers all the time to help avoid attacks. The thing is migraine preventive medication (such as Botox, beta blockers and others) can help reduce the severity and frequency of our attacks, but if we aren’t watching triggers, any medication we take will not be enough. Here is a new study with information on Botox; https://migraine.com/blog/will-botox-work-new-study-may-provide-clue/. We also have information in this link; https://migraine.com/blog/the-first-week-chronic-migraine-and-botox-diary/.
Speaking of triggers, have you been able to identify any of yours? I can’t stress enough how important it is to figure these out as it really helps reduce attack frequency. Migraine triggers can include but are not limited to certain foods, changes in the barometric pressure, hormones, smoking, alcohol, caffeine, lights, odors and a big one for some people is an irregular sleeping pattern. Because we have sensitive brains any changes in schedule can trigger an attack. Here is information on migraine triggers; https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-management-essential-trigger-management/.
You mentioned you’ve used Imitrex. This medication is a triptan – an abortive – that stops the migraine process. These abortive medications are designed to be taken at the first sign of a migraine, not on a daily basis to prevent attacks. There are three types of medications that are used in a good migraine management plan; abortives, preventives and rescues. You can read more about these medication in this link; https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-preventive-abortive-rescue-medications/.