With an estimate 190,000 attacks in the UK everyday, migraine is the most common neurological condition in the developed world, affecting an estimated 8 million Brits according to the Migraine Trust.
More than a severe headache, it can also include symptoms such as disturbed vision, nausea and vomiting in attacks that can last up to 3 days.
After trying dietary changes (avoiding coffee for example), medication is usually the first line of treatment – either to prevent the migraines or to treat them when they happen.
Where medication is ineffective, now there is new hope for migraine sufferers with the news that NICE has approved a portable magnetic device which sends electrical pulses to the brain to stop the symptoms of a migraine. In tests, 39% of sufferers remained pain-free after 2 hours. So although it doesn’t suit everybody, it could offer hope for patients with recurrent migraine who have not found relief through medication.
Another option is Botox.
Botox for Migraine
More commonly associated with anti-ageing treatments, Botox was given regulatory approval for treatment as a preventative for chronic migraine in 2010.
Botulinum toxin A has a number of medical uses to treat disorders involving abnormal muscle contraction. Uses include squints and overactive bladder as well as excessive sweating.
Among those using it for treating lines and wrinkles there has also been anecdotal evidence. The Migraine Trust website states:
Certain Botox users found that wrinkles were not the only unwanted feature soothed by the treatment; the drug also appeared to have a preventative effect on their headaches.
Botox Treatments Northampton
Botox injections for anti-ageing treatment or excessive sweating are available with Dr John Tanqueray at Mulberry House Clinic & Laser Centre in Hardingstone, nr Northampton, where facial cosmetic injections cost from £225 for one area. As an experienced GP, Dr Tanqueray will take a medical history before treating any patient and can advise on the suitability of treatments to meet patients’ goals.
Consultations are offered free of charge, to enable open and unbiased discussion about the most appropriate treatment based on the patient’s preferences as well as their skin and medical background.
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