May 1, 2012 – A couple of months ago we told you that the FDA had approved the use of Botox injections for migraine relief. Cosmetic surgeons have noticed for some time that patients who suffered from severe headaches and had Botox injections for wrinkle treatment often had a reduction in the number of headaches they experienced. This was thought to be due to the temporary paralyzing effect that Botox had on some facial and cranial nerves.
But now there is some doubt as to whether Botox really provides that much relief for migrains. An article published in the April issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association and highlighted in Science Daily states that studies are finding that Botox may reduce the number of chronic migrains and chronic daily headaches but has no real benefit for episodic migraines and chronic tension headaches.
The article points out that as many as 42% of Americans suffer tension headaches at some point and between 8% and 18% have migraines. Episodic headaches are defined as fewer than 15 per month while chronic headaches are defined as 15 or more per month.
The studies found that patients who had Botox injections experienced about 2 fewer chronic migraines and chronic daily headaches per month.
For those who deal with dibilitating headaches, any relief is probably more than welcome. And if Botox can provide that relief, you may want to speak to your doctor about the treatment. The fact that you could have fewer wrinkles in the process is an added bonus.
[tags]Botox, Migraines, Tension Headaches[/tags]