Summary: We take our health for granted, most days. And that’s okay—that allows us to focus on other, more important things in our lives. But when a migraine strikes, suddenly we’re aware of how much everything seems to hurt. Some of us are lucky, we can go get some Los Angeles Botox for Migraines, assuming we live near a cosmetic surgeon. But that doesn’t work for everyone. Luckily, there are many researchers who continue to look into the migraine conundrum, searching for treatments and cures that can have a universal impact on migraine treatment. But before we find that cure, we may have to learn more about where migraines come from, as one researcher in Cleveland has.
Migraines Can Paralyze You
Migraines can be debilitating. They’re painful, they’re prolonged, and they’re not going away any time soon. For those who suffer from perpetual and chronic migraines, it can feel as though there’s nothing that can help. Part of the reason for this is because we don’t understand migraines—or headaches in general—all that well. It’s not entirely clear what causes either one of these, much less what might compel them to go away a bit sooner. And when it comes to migraines, triggers and symptoms can vary widely by individual. For some, bright lights may trigger a migraine. For others, it may be cold temperatures or even something like caffeine and coffee (those are the people for whom we reserve our largest portion of sympathy). And once a migraine strikes, it can take you out for the rest of the day, if not the rest of the week.
The pain isn’t the only thing that can be debilitating. Sometimes those who suffer from migraines have trouble with vision, hearing, and balance. Indeed, migraines can cause spells of vertigo. And what’s worse is that, outside of over-the-counter pain management medication or incredibly strong prescription drugs, there’s nothing that can really mitigate or control a migraine. There has been some research that suggests the natural herb Butterbur may have a preventative impact on migraines, but that research has not been conducted under strict FDA standards. In other words, when a migraine starts, there’s little a victim can do other than try to manage the pain and ride out the experience.
New Research into Migraine Causes
That might be changing, however. New research looking into the cause of chronic and severe migraines is suggesting that the cause for those migraines just might be in your nerve endings. Indeed, according to research published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, patients with migraines displayed anomalies in the sheathing around nerve endings—this myelin sheath essentially forms a protective casing around the nerve endings. Any breakdown in the sheath can lead to pain and discomfort caused by the exposed nerve. The study also suggests that peripheral nerves—that is, those nerves that are not under the direct control of your conscious mind—may play a role in the triggering process.
The research was conducted by Bahman Guyuron, MD, of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, in collaboration with three different departments. The study is not necessarily conclusive, but it does provide important clues as to why plastic surgery and Botox treatments may actually help treat migraine headaches on a regular basis. In fact, Dr. Guyuron in a board certified plastic surgeon, so it makes sense that he would pursue this line of reasoning.
That said, it may be some time before this particular treatment becomes a viable treatment alternative, and obviously, more research is required in that department. However, there are some treatments available—especially in the fields of plastic and cosmetic surgery—that have been shown to greatly reduce discomfort and pain due to migraines.
Surgical and Nonsurgical Migraine Treatments
If you’re looking for a more permanent, surgical option, there are certain facelift configurations that have been shown to moderate pain and frequency of migraine headaches. Researchers tend to think this happens because of the removal of excess tissue and muscle may relieve the pressure on those nerve endings with faulty sheathings. The facelift will also leave you with a younger-looking visage, which in and of itself can lead to a higher quality of life. The migraine benefits certainly help improve that quality of life even further. You should count on a couple of weeks of noticeable swelling and bruising after your facelift, but your recovery should be complete within a month or two, and you should feel relatively immediate results in the migraine department.
However, if for whatever reason you’re averse to surgery (and there are many physical and psychological reasons why this might be), you can find relief from migraines through Botox Cosmetic treatments. Usually used to simply mitigate wrinkles, Botox Cosmetic works by numbing certain muscle groups that cause those wrinkles. The thinking behind using Botox for migraines is that it may also numb those nerve clusters responsible either for the triggering the migraine or for the migraine itself. Botox is a low-risk procedure (certainly of a lower risk factor than a surgical face lift), but the results are more fleeting. According the website of the Los Angeles Botox for Migraines experts at Westside Aesthetics, Botox Cosmetic results generally last only 4-6 months. That said, if you feel relief from Botox, there’s nothing to stop you from going back for more treatments once the effects begin to wane.
These treatments won’t work for all migraines, but they will have a positive impact on a vast majority of them. So if you’re suffering with migraines, there is hope, and there are treatments being developed. All of which is a long way of saying that you don’t have to necessarily keep suffering. Obviously, you should speak to your doctor before proceeding with any treatments, and you should discuss all of your options. But if you want a life without migraines, you can get started on that today.