Migraine Treatment Under the Care of Ontario Medical Doctors

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Migraine Is More Than a Headache

 
Migraine treatment may be best served under the ministrations of an Ontario medical doctor and clinic that specializes in pain management.
 
For a headache, the sufferer will feel discomfort and pain. That is because the blood vessels in the skull are constricting. Headaches don’t typically prevent the sufferer from being able to go about his or her usual routine. A migraine, on the other hand, can limit one’s ability to function. Instead of constricting, blood vessels in the cranium dilate.
 
Symptoms of migraine include:
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Seeing auras or flashes of light
  • Blind spots and/or blurred vision, even temporary loss of vision
  • Sensitivity to smells
  • Hyperacusis or intolerance to regular levels of sound
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, or vomiting
Such symptoms require the sufferer to withdraw and self-isolate in a quiet, dark room until the migraine subsides -- which can take hours and even days.
 
Whenever one experiences very severe head pain that is different from one’s usual pattern of headache or migraine, seek immediate medical attention.
 

During a Migraine’s Occurrence

 
The causes of migraines are unknown, although there is often a genetic component. The prevailing theory is that migraines are neurovascular and involve blood vessels and nerves. The pathway of nerve fibres between the pain centre of the brain and the trigeminal nerve -- the largest of the cranial nerves that sends sensory information from the face to the brain -- somehow become abnormally excited. Blood vessels swell and inflame, resulting in pain and sensory sensitivity.
 

Treatment with Botox

 
Using Botox as therapy medication for migraines is becoming a protocol for sufferers. Consider why Botox was originally used as a non-surgical cosmetic procedure. Injected at frown lines and wrinkles, the botulinum toxin – a.k.a. Botox -- works by relaxing the injection site, typically areas of the trigeminal nerve.
 
That is why Botox has become a successful treatment for migraine sufferers. Injected at trigger points as well as specific pain sites at the forehead and neck, Botox effectively quiets those firing nerves. Patients will often find relief within just a couple days of treatment.
 
Not only will the effects of migraines be reduced, so too will be the frequency of migraines. Typically, migraine sufferers will require Botox injections several times a year to keep symptoms at bay.
 
Migraine treatment can also look at changes to diet and lifestyle, as some may find that caffeine, alcohol, barometric pressure, medications such as oral contraceptives, and insomnia can trigger migraines. Likewise, it has been discovered that long-term use of over-the-counter and prescription headache medications may not only lose their efficacy, the drugs also have the potential to cause rebound migraines as well as gastrointestinal problems.
 

Self-Monitoring

 

Keep a diary of migraine attacks, when they occurred, symptoms felt just prior to the migraine’s onset and during, location of pain, and duration, as well as what was found to provide relief, if any, such as medication. This information is necessary should one decide, in consultation with one’s physician or pain care clinician, to remediate with Botox. Take note that Botox is a classified drug and as such, the person prescribing and administering the Botox for migraine treatment must be a physician registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

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6981 Millcreek Drive - Unit 2
Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 6B8
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Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3Y6
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Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 1A2
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