by Nesreen Suwan, M.D.
Since BOTOX treatment for chronic migraines was FDA approved in late 2010, headache specialists have been challenged by cost and insurance coverage, two major obstacles that often stand between chronic migraine patients and relief.
Growing numbers of insurance companies are covering BOTOX injection for treatment of chronic migraines, based on FDA approval, and successful clinical trials.
Injections of BOTOX are commonly associated with smoothing out and easing the pain of wrinkles. It has been reported to be the most common aesthetic medical procedure. The initial discovery of BOTOX for treatment of headaches came as most medical discoveries often do, by accident, when chronic headache sufferers saw both wrinkles and headaches diminish with cosmetic BOTOX injections.
However, migraine authorities recommend that migraine treatment should be administered only by specialized professionals, not those who typically use it for cosmetic purposes. This is related to the fact that migraine is a neurological disorder, and there are many challenges in recognizing, diagnosing, and treating migraine.
Since migraine has always been under-diagnosed and under-treated by both patients and physicians, it often takes a specialist to properly manage this debilitating neurological disorder that affects approximately 30 million Americans.
The impact of migraine is greatest between the ages of 20 and 50, which are the most productive years when family and professional demands are at their peak. Migraine is considered the leading cause of disability in the world, when measured by days missed from work.
Migraine sufferers may stay in bed and some will go to the hospital if the attack is severe. It has always been a dream of chronic migraine sufferers to get more headache-free days, to be able to make more plans, break less plans, and be an active part of golden moments with family and friends.
This dream came true for our patients, when treated successfully in our clinic with BOTOX for prevention of chronic migraines. As a neurologist and headache specialist, I have been using BOTOX injection for over fifteen years for many neurological conditions, including chronic headache.
And now with FDA approval, the insurance companies who cover the costs of BOTOX injection for headache is making this dream a more accessible reality. The reasonable cost of BOTOX injections, when compared to the huge cost of other daily headache treatments coupled with disability and work loss caused by debilitating migraines, make BOTOX a great option.
With the exciting breakthrough news about the effectiveness of BOTOX injection in managing chronic migraines, there is no reason for sufferers of debilitating migraines to continue coping with endless side effects of daily medications.
This huge step forward in headache and migraine treatment has turned over a new leaf in the lives of chronic headache sufferers who now have the right to enjoy more crystal-clear headache-free days.
Though BOTOX is most famous for easing the cosmetic pain of wrinkles, now it is the time to ease the pain and burden of chronic migraines.
Dr. Nesreen Suwan is American Board certified in neurology and pain medicine, with extra certification in headache medicine, and BOTOX treatment. Dr. Suwan specializes in treatment of headaches, migraines, and fibromyalgia.
Dr. Suwan is highly recognized as a headache specialist and is a nationally-known speaker in her field.
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As Featured In Glancer Magazine, September 2013