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Botox highly effective for more than easing Chronic Migraine Pain

Chronic migraine is defined as having migraines 15 or more days a month.  I was amazed that this treatment eases migraines, as well as, other disorders.  (The image above shows Botox injection points)

New guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology suggest that Botox can be used as a “safe and effective” way to treat chronic migraine headaches, among other neurological disorders.

Botulinum toxin is normally used as a cosmetic treatment to smooth out wrinkles, but it can also reduce muscle contractions and the transmission of pain signals by blocking the release of neurotransmitters from nerve endings.

The authors of the updated guideline reviewed scientific studies on the four preparations of botulinum toxin available in the United States.

Chronic migraine is defined as having migraines 15 or more days a month, the study authors explained.

Spasticity has many causes, including multiple sclerosis, stroke, and head or spinal-cord trauma, according to the guidelines. Simpson is with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

In 2010, the FDA had given the green light to the use of Botox treatment for chronic migraine.

AAN has released new guidelines for the use of botox in different neurological conditions including migraine.

The updated guideline was published online April 18 in the journal Neurology.

According to a report in NewsWeek by Jessica Firger, “The new guidelines were published in Neurology on April 18 and presented at the Academy’s 68th annual meeting”.

Some studies have discovered that Botox can help ease the pain caused by chronic migraines. Finally, Blepharospasm results in an uncontrollable twitching of the eyes.

“Most migraine sufferers want pain freedom within 2 hours of taking an acute treatment for most of their attacks”, the researchers wrote in their abstract. The treatment has been considered as the most effective compared to other ones more traditional, and it was determined as well that is a medication that comes with fewer side effects.

In the new guideline, AAN recommends three types of botox injections, which may be used as treatment options for blepharospasm. However, there is still evidence that Xeomin and Botox, and to a certain extent Dysport, can help this condition by reducing the muscle spasms.

Thus, there are four types of botox injections for upper-body spasticity while there are two for the lower body version.

In an accompanying editorial, Professor Richard Barbano of the University of Rochester, USA, says that although the various different formulations of Botulinum toxin differ in “properties including molecular weight and complexing proteins”, they may well actually be interchangeable.

“We took a different approach in this update, in that we now have looked at each of the four formulations individually, and have looked at the data and the evidence for each toxin on its own and generated conclusions for each of those toxins separately”. But the effect of the chemical might just be patient-specific, at the treatment’s efficiency varies in impact and duration from patient to patient.

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2 thoughts on “Botox highly effective for more than easing Chronic Migraine Pain

  1. I’ve often wondered about the effectiveness of Botox! I had a neurologist who pushed really hard for me to give them a shot (no pun intended) but I opted out because I was afraid they would be too costly and invasive.


    1. Me too. He kind of threw up his hands up and pushed for the Botox also. I’ve read success stories, however, I’ve also read where people have had major neck pain or headaches became worse. I just don’t need anymore trouble. Thanks for commenting. BTW I’m closing this blog, join me at my other blog “Living in Stigma” and follow me there. Stay strong. Hugs. Deb


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