Using Botox for migraines with Dr. Parvin Shafa in Irvine

Botox for Migraines

Dr. Parvin Shafa a dermatologist in Irvine, Orange County is an expert in diagnosing and treating different types of headaches including migraine headaches. Her expertise is the use of Botox Injection, not only for anti-aging, but also the use of botox for migraines, which is now approved by the FDA

botox for migranes

Dr. Parvin Shafa suffers from migraines herself, allowing her to understand how debilitating they can be. Her strong background in medicine helps her make the correct diagnosis and gives her the ability to give appropriate treatment. Dr. Parvin Shafa has had hands-on experience with Botox injections for migraine headaches since 1995.

What is migraine headache?

A migraine is a type of vascular headache typically characterized by throbbing pain on one side of the head. The pain may be accompanied by nausea or vomiting and sensitivity to light, sound, and/or touch. In about 15to 20 percent of patients, the attacks are preceded or accompanied by an aura (a group of warning symptoms, such as visual disturbances, or changes in smell or taste). Attacks can last from four to 72 hours and be debilitating. Alcohol, certain foods, changes in sleep patterns, stress, menstruation, smells, bright lights and changes in barometric pressure are some of the things that can trigger a migraine in susceptible people.

Killing two birds with one stone

You can have Botox or Dysport Injections for migraine headache and at the same time benefit from the cosmetic effect as well. Dr. Parvin Shafa uses her expertise to customize a Botox or Dysport injection plan based on your need and the type of wrinkle that you desire to correct. Schedule for a free consultation with Dr. Shafa to be evaluated and educated regarding what can be done.

How Botox for migraine works i.e. vascular headache

In migraine patients, it's believed forehead muscles somehow pinch the nearby nerves and trigger the headache symptoms. BOTOX temporarily relaxs the muscles and it can eliminates or reduces migraine pain. Most patients remain migraine-free or experience a significant reduction in the frequency and severity of attacks after botox injection for migraine.

How common is migraine headache?

According to the National Headache Foundation, about 28 million Americans experience migraines. Women are affected about three times more often than men. The condition leads to more than 157 million lost workdays a year.

Is migraine headache a heredity Disease?

Heredity seems to play a role in the risk for migraines. When only one parent suffers from migraines, a child has a 50 percent chance of also being affected. If both parents have migraines, a child's risk jumps to 75 percent.

Treating Migraines

Avoid triggering factors:

Of course before considering any medications for migraine you must try to identify and avoid migraine triggering factors. Usual migraine headache provoking drink and food are alcohol especially red wine, cheese, chocolate, stress, lack or sleep and more.

What are medication options?

Botox or Dysport can control migraine headaches completely or can be used in conjunction with other medications to decrease frequency and intensity of migraines headaches.

If you suffer from frequent headaches you might benefit from preventive treatment which may be as simple as low dose medication that can decrease frequency and intensity of headaches, however once the symptoms start, medications may not be helpful. Three over-the-counter medications have been approved for migraine relief -- Excedrin® Migraine, Advil® Migraine, and Motrin® Migraine Pain. If you fail the above treatments, then you will treated with migraine specific drugs such as Sumatriptan (Imitrex, Maxalt, Relapax, Zomig, and more) and some other medications are helpful  as well. 

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