Botox may prevent ‘imploding’ migraines

Wrinkle-erasing Botox injections can also prevent migraines, particularly those that make the sufferer feel like their head is being ‘crushed', a new study shows...

Wrinkle-erasing Botox injections can also prevent migraines, particularly those that make the sufferer feel like their head is being ‘crushed’, a new study shows…

Researchers found that the jabs were extremely effective against crippling pain which made patients feel as if their head was going to ‘implode‘. However, they were less useful with migraines which caused the sensation of pressure pushing against the head that could ‘explode’, the findings show.
 
The World Health Organisation lists migraine as one of its top 20 most debilitating conditions, because of the impact it can have on quality of life. More than nine million people in Britain are thought to suffer from the condition, making it more common than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined.

Botox has previously been suggested as a treatment for migraine, because it paralyses nerves in the face. Experts believe that some of these nerves are responsible for delivering brain messages to the brain, including pain.

Those in the study who found the treatment worked saw their attacks fall dramatically, from an average of 6.8 to 0.7 a month.

As well as reducing wrinkles, Botox injections have also been found to be useful to ease excessive sweating. The jabs have also been suggested as a possible cure for baldness and even as a treatment to help people with depression, raising their spirits by smoothing the lines on their face.

Dr Andrew Dowson, from Migraine Action, the charity, said: ‘At the moment Botox is not licensed for use in headache in the UK and the studies addressing its use for this indication have not been conclusive.’

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