Migraine is a one-sided, pulsating headache, sometimes it can be accompanied by various visions and sensations (lightning, flashing flies in front of the eyes, etc.) – the so-called "migraine aura". In the absence of treatment or with improper therapy, migraines can go into a chronic stage.
Many days of persistent agony, a” splitting " head, the inability to do anything, absolute powerlessness – this is how patients suffering from migraines describe their condition.
Chronic migraine is a severe neurological disorder in which the headache can last for more than 15 days a month for more than 3 months. At the same time, you can talk about the presence of migraines if the pain occurs for at least 8 days.
Very often, chronic migraine is joined by its faithful companion-drug-induced or abusive headache. Such pain occurs when excessive intake of painkillers for 15 or more days a month. Treatment of abusus headache is a long process that excludes the use of painkillers that caused it.
For the treatment of chronic migraine, various groups of drugs are used that act both on the pain syndrome and on the prevention of repeated migraine attacks. The selection of therapy can take a long time, since it is possible to evaluate the effectiveness of some medications only after 2 weeks.
In addition to drug therapy, the introduction of botulinum toxin type A. The strongest poison on the planet, which causes a deadly disease - botulism, was "tamed" in the 50s of the last century. Botulinum toxin is widely used in cosmetology because of its ability to relax the muscles, which is successfully used in the correction of facial wrinkles.
Some patients who suffered from migraines and visited a cosmetologist noted a decrease in the severity, duration, or number of headaches after administration of botulinum toxin. This observation led to the fact that the manufacturer conducted a number of clinical trials that proved that botulinum toxin can reduce the manifestations of chronic migraine. To date, botulinum toxin type A is included in all clinical recommendations for the treatment of chronic migraine.
The neurological department of the MCSC treats patients with various types of headaches, including chronic migraines. Our specialists actively use botulinum toxin, physiotherapy and physical therapy.