Migraine is a very common condition. Its symptoms include pain of varying severity located in one area of the head. It may be accompanied by vomiting, nausea, sensitivity to sound (phonophobia) and light (photophobia). An attack may last from a few hours to a few days. Chronic migraine is diagnosed when migraine symptoms are severe and persist longer than 15 days in a month.
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Pharmacological treatment of migraine
Traditional treatment of migraine includes conservative measures. Two types of medications are used most frequently – painkillers to relieve the attacks and other drugs to prevent them. A migraine attack may also be stopped by using the so-called nerve block, or injection of a local anesthetic in the area of the trigger point.
Plastic surgery and treatment of migraines
In 2000, Dr Bahman Guyuron, an American plastic surgeon, noticed that many patients undergoing certain surgical procedures performed for aesthetic reasons and suffering from chronic migraines report a significant improvement or even resolution of their symptoms. The above discovery enabled him to identify the so-called trigger points which are responsible for the onset of migraine symptoms. He has also pioneered therapy with botulinum toxin (for Botox and migraine treatment click here) as a method offering long-term remission of chronic migraine symptoms.