Migraines Specialist

University Place Medical Clinic

Primary Care Practice located in University Place, WA

Living with migraines can be challenging and can get in the way of the things you love most. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help, and the team at University Place Medical Clinic serving University Place, Washington, and the greater Tacoma area, is ready to work with you to find the approach best-suited for your needs. If you’re ready to take control over your migraines, schedule a visit today using the simple online tool, or call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.

Migraines

What is a migraine?

The term migraine is often used to describe a really bad headache. In reality, however, migraine is a collection of neurological symptoms. Researchers are still working to fully understand what causes these symptoms and to develop new treatments that can help.

Migraine symptoms include:

  • Severe, throbbing head pain, often present on just one side of your head
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Visual disturbances
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, smell, and touch
  • Tingling or numbness in your face or extremities


Everyone has a unique experience of migraine. Your symptoms might include several of these complaints, or you may even notice additional problems accompanied by head pain.

How is migraine treated?

Medication often plays a role in treating migraines. Some drugs offer pain relief, others focus on constricting blood vessels or blocking neural pathways to your brain. There are drugs that address nausea and others that reduce swelling.

Preventive medications are also available and can be a good fit for men and women who suffer from migraines more than four times a year. They can cause serious side effects, however, and it’s important to understand the risks before beginning any new drug therapy.

How can Botox® help treat migraines?

You might be familiar with Botox as a leading cosmetic treatment, but the drug also has more than 50 medical applications. If you suffer from headaches for more than 15 days each month, this approach could help you find relief.

Treatment involves a series of injections to administer Botox to the nerve fibers that conduct pain signals to your brain. Once in place, Botox prevents those nerve endings from releasing chemicals that trigger a pain response.

What happens during Botox treatments?

The process involves a series of 31 injections in areas across your head and neck. These shallow injections enter your muscle fibers and are not significantly uncomfortable. You’ll feel a sensation similar to a pinprick during injections, but the entire process takes only around 20 minutes.

You might experience a sore neck after your treatment, which can be eased with an ice pack or cold compresses. It takes a few weeks to see results, but you can continue drug therapy as you wait to see how your body responds to Botox.

Many men and women achieve results that last from 10-12 weeks. Subsequent treatments can deliver even more impressive results. Botox is FDA-approved for chronic migraine treatment, and most insurance policies will cover the full cost of the treatments.

If you have questions or concerns about Botox or any other migraine treatment option, book a consultation today. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy life, or you can call during business hours to set up your visit.