Botox treatment ?

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/23/2009 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi to all from the UK.
Ive joined up here as there dosn't seem much in the way of forums in the UK.
Anyway can I ask the board thier opinions of the Botox treatment offered by some clinics now. Its  meant to parailize the muscle in your forhead that is suposed to sqweeze on some nerve that causes migraines for some ?
Ive been a sufferer of migraine since childhood.  Its a long story but through my 20's and 30's id get maybe 1 a month or less. about 5 yeras ago Id started to get them once a week,  sometimes twice.  For me the pain is like having a nail hammered into my forhead and a bad one meant vomiting several times during an attack which could last 48 hours.  4 years ago I was perscribed a drug called Imigran recovery (sumatriptan) and its been a God send.  It will stop 9 out of 10 attacks if I take it quick enough.
Here's the thing,  I take on average 1 tablet a week when I feel a headache start.  But you never know if that pain was the start of a migraine or just a little headache that would have cleared up in an hour with some asprin.  You have to assume the worse and use the strong drug before its too late.
Anyway I when that 1 attach gets through I think about looking for another fix.  Ive seen the press reports on the Botox treatment followed by surgery and have made an appointment at a place called the "Migraine clinic" in London for a consultation.
Trouble is its a £3000 cost and when i read about how bad some of you guy's are suffering every day for years I think perhaps I should just keeping taking the tablets (its cheaper) and stop moaning if I only get 2 or 4 bad attacks a year.

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   Posted 6/23/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome UK1. The results of treatments differ from person to person, I can tell you that Botox did not work that well for the supraorbital migraines that I have, but I had wonderful results on the occipital pain. I was very happy with the cosmetic effect though!!!

What works best for me is a supraorbital Radio Frequency Pulse procedure (or RFP). In essence it deadens the nerves and stops the pain; for me it lasts almost 2 years. You have to find a skilled pain mgt. specialist to do this, but I have had very good results.

Good luck!

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 6/23/2009 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi ya


All I can say is don’t waste your time, I have been suffering dailey/chronic tension headaches for 8 years now and I have tried everything – I tried  botox about 4 months ago and nothing didn’t have a headache for 1 week and now am £500 worse off.

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   Posted 6/24/2009 3:05 AM (GMT -6)   
So no real support for this tratment from the forum?
The appointment is next week so I need to do some more researach.
Would be nice to talk to someone for whom the treatment did work !

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   Posted 6/24/2009 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a friend who had great results from botox. I am going to try to get in touch with her! Im sorry I can not offer more specifics :-(
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