The physician recommends Botox treatment for anyone who has been diagnosed with chronic migraines that can’t be controlled through more traditional means.
“They should try oral medication first, but if they’re diagnosed and get no relief from any other treatment modality, this is a great option to explore,” he says.
The injections are performed every three months as the Botox wears down.
“It’s simple, performed right in the office and takes two to three minutes to do,” Dr. Willoughby says.
Increased awareness is leading to an uptick in patients being diagnosed with chronic migraines, Dr. Willoughby says.
But more research is needed to understand exactly why migraines are triggered. Prevailing thought in the medical community is that several factors may be at play, including genetics, he says.
“There is, at least right now, not one root cause that has been identified,” he says. “However, Botox is at least one step toward controlling it.”