Did you know that there are over 200 types of headaches ranging from mild to life threatening?
The most common types of headaches are “primary” and these can be tension type headaches or migraine headaches. Migraine headaches tend to affect one side of the head and tend to be pulsing in nature and can have associated nausea and vomiting. Migraine headaches can last from 3 hours to 3 days and the person may be unable to be in the light and be confined to a darkened room. Rarer primary headaches are cluster headaches (severe pain in bouts),and trigeminal neuralgia (a shooting face pain).
“Secondary” headaches are caused by problems elsewhere in the head or neck. Some are not harmful whilst others maybe require further investigation. Some symptoms to watch for are headaches that develop within minutes, neck stiffness and fevers with headaches as well as visual signs.
Statistically the majority of headaches are primary headaches. It is not understood why these primary headaches occur but it has been determined that they begin with an over stimulation of nerve cells in the pathway that runs from the brain to the head and face. There are many factors that trigger migraines such as stress, high altitude, low blood sugar, bright or flickering lights and some chemicals in foods.
Not all headaches require medical attention and most respond with painkillers such as acetaminophen. Whilst the precise nature of migraines has not been determined it is known that 12- 18% of the population suffer from migraine headaches.
There is now hope for migraine sufferers in the form of Botox. Botox for migraines stops the over stimulation of nerves and has helped many people achieve relief from migraine headaches.
At BC Laser and Skin Care Clinic we have been helping people get relief from migraine headaches with Botox treatments for over 10 years. To see how Botox can change your life if you have migraine headaches call our office today at 604 580 2464 and book your appointment with Dr. Shah. Botox treatments may be covered by your extended health plans when administered by a medical doctor so check today and see if your plan will work for you.