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Now, cure migraine with a botox jab?

Post by Tee on Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:57 pm

I have just had round 3 and it has given me the best results yet - I m not sure you would get 6mths out of it the norm seems to be around 3 - 4 mths and although it has been licensed in the UK (for chronic Migs) it is still not widely available however NICE are to review it at the end of this month - so all that could change this year Smile

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Indo-Asian News Service
New Delhi, January 19, 2012

Severe headaches for days, nausea and vomiting migraine patients go through hell. In fact it has been ranked as the 19th most disabling disease by WHO. But anti-ageing drug botox can bring some relief to chronic patients, say experts, though there is not much awareness about this cure yet.

Jamuna Pai, a Mumbai-based cosmetologist, told IANS that botox "blocks the pain pathways and beautifully treats migraine. We people who have not gone through migraine don't know what it can do".

What are the symptoms? The typical migraine headache affects only one half of the head. It is pulsating in nature and lasts from two to 72 hours.

Pai said: "Those who get migraine attacks vomit, can't get out of bed for three-four days, going to work is out of question. People tie a cloth tightly around their heads to control the pain.

"A few prick jabs are like god's gift for the chronic migraine patients. For an experienced person, it takes about two minutes to inject it and in 10-14 days you will see the result. The effect lasts six months and the person will not get pain attacks."

According to a study, WHO has ranked migraine as the 19th most disabling disease. Women are believed to be three times more likely than men to suffer from migraines. It is a chronic neurological disorder characterised by moderate to severe headaches, and nausea.

However, Pai, who has been a pioneer in bringing botox to India, says there is not enough awareness about the procedure, which has got the approval of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

"The awareness is not much, though it has got approval. Less than five percent come for treatment of migraine," she said, adding migraine patients in the age group of 20 years to 55 years come for the treatment.

Botox has been used as a treatment for other physical disorders for a long time, says Raghu Kumar, managing director, Allergan India. He says for migraine patients, it got approval less than a year ago.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Lifestyle/Wellness/Now-cure-migraine-with-a-botox-jab/Article1-799372.aspx

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Re: Now, cure migraine with a botox jab?

Post by Dr Pav Khaira on Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:56 pm

Tee, let's hope so! I'm trying to negotiate a specialised contact with my PCT for migraines, headaches and jaw joint problems. It's like trying to talk to a brick wall!

Botox is DEFINITELY useful for those who half respond to my methods, it can make a huge difference for them. Glad it's working well for you! Botox works in a similar philosophy to what I do Smile
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