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When the Pain is Too Strong to Handle: How to Manage Migraines

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If you suffer from migraines, you know just how debilitating they can be. By causing extreme pain and pressure, sensitivity to light, and even the inability to see properly, migraines can make you want to shut the curtains and spend the entire day in bed. So, how can you treat your migraine and get back to feeling like your normal self once again? From understanding what migraines are and how Dr. David A. Schlessinger can help, this article will give you clarity. Read on to learn more.

What Are Migraines?

The one thing that you do know about migraines is just how painful they can be, but do you know how they are caused? As a form of a vascular headache, migraines are caused by enlarged blood vessels and the release of chemicals from the nerve fibers around the blood vessels. The chemicals released cause swelling, pain, and enlargement of the artery. Additionally, migraines activate the sympathetic nervous system in the body which triggers your body’s “fight or flight” response.

How Can They Be Treated?

It may sound a bit bizarre, but Botox can be used to treat your migraines. Notorious for softening the fine lines and wrinkles across your forehead and around your eyes, Botox is also used to treat medical conditions such as migraines. Botox is used as a preventative tool to help reduce the number of migraines a patient gets every month. On average, patients who get consistent Botox injections receive 8 to 9 fewer migraines each month.

If you suffer from several migraines a month and are having to miss work on a regular basis, it’s time to take things into your hands and get treatment. To learn more about Botox and whether or not it’s the right thing for you, contact Dr. David A. Schlessinger today to schedule an appointment!