Botulinum toxin (Botox ®) Injections for Migraine

(Botox Injections for Headaches)

Summary

In the UK more than 10 million people suffer from headaches, making them one of the most common health complaints. But most headaches are easily treated and not serious. The majority of people can treat their headache with pharmacy remedies and lifestyle changes, such as getting more rest and drinking enough fluids. Headaches can have a number of different causes but generally are split into two broad categories:

• primary headaches – those not due to another underlying health problem
• secondary headaches – which have a separate illness as a cause

Primary headaches include tension headaches, migraines and cluster headaches. Migraine is common and can have life changing effects on patients. If a headache is recurrent and disabling to the point where you are unable to carry on with your normal activity, you may be suffering from a migraine. Migraines are often described as a pounding or throbbing pain on one or both sides of your head. The headache is frequently preceded or accompanied by other symptoms, such as visual disturbances, photophobia (discomfort caused by bright light), nausea and vomiting.

Botulinum toxin type A, or Botox as it is commonly known, is a purified neurotoxin (nerve toxin) derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin injections (Botox injections) for migraine can help alleviate your pain and return you to normal activity faster. Botox® works by paralysing the nerve supply to muscles, thereby restricting their movement. The reasons why Botox might aid migraine are not clear, and several theories have been put forward, including:

  • Botox might relax muscles around the head and thereby reduce blood pressure within the brain.
  • Botox might reduce the nerves’ ability to send pain signals during a migraine;
  • Botox might prevent the nerves from sending signals that will lead to a migraine.
  • Arranging your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.

    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.

    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.

    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.

    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

    For more information, call our Reservations team on +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.

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Botulinum toxin (Botox ®) treatment for migraine takes just a few minutes to perform and consists of injections with a small needle at several key points across the head and neck. There is some small discomfort involved but this is minor. Immediately after the injection, you may feel that your pain may be gone or significantly reduced. You should start noticing a more lasting pain relief starting on the third day or so, and its effect can last for several days to a few months. Your consultant will discuss onward treatment with you and will monitor your condition after the treatment has been performed.

To find out more:

If you would like to come to KIMS contact our Reservations team on +44 (0)1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.

Our Consultants

  • Dr Gerry Saldanha

    MA (Oxon) FRCP

    • Botulinum toxin (Botox ®) Injections for Migraine
    • Migraine Treatment
  • Dr Robert Hadden

    MA BM BCh (Oxon) FRCP PhD

    • Botulinum toxin (Botox ®) Injections for Migraine
    • Migraine Treatment
  • Dr Michael Samuel

    MA MD FCRP

    • Botulinum toxin (Botox ®) Injections for Migraine
    • Migraine Treatment