In the new world of diagnoses made up to justify a drug, we now have chronic migraines. What will help these chronic migraine sufferers? You guessed it, the newly approved treatment. It’s botox for migraines.
To convince docs to prescribe this treatment, Botox has gone out of its way to “educate” us. Here are the new criteria:
• 15 or more headache days a month
• Headaches last for 4 hours or more
• With at least half of the headache days associated with migraine
• With or without medication overuse
The FDA has only approved Botox for this new diagnosis, so you can imagine the need to let us all know about it.
When you look at the treatment outline of Botox for this new diagnosis, we’re talking about 31 different injection sites. Pardon me for noting that many of these injection sites correspond with the points of pain for a tension headache. So I can imagine that Botox, which causes the muscles to go flaccid, would be effective to some degree. The major side effect, affecting 9% of patients, was neck pain.
The less common side effects included possible death, because botulism toxin is a toxin that shuts down the breathing. I find it astonishing that no one has put together a plan to have patients get weekly massages vs. Botox for this diagnosis. My prediction would be that the massage is equal to or better than the Botox. But then insurance would have to cover massage, even though it would probably be cheaper. A good massage therapist should be able to get someone to become aware of chronic tension habits. If those habits resolved, we might see an actual cure for this diagnosis rather than an expensive and dangerous “management.”
- Botox approved as migraine medicine, spurs headache club (kens5.com)
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- Celebrities with migraines: What you can learn from how they cope (Photos) (examiner.com)