A new innovative treatment is now available at The Holly Private Hospital for migraine patients
Botox, commonly associated with its use in cosmetic treatments to temporarily freeze facial muscles and improve the appearance of frown lines and wrinkles, has been approved for use in treating patients suffering from migraine. The treatment works by blocking the transmission of pain through the nerve fibres in the area which is injected.
Botox has proved significantly more effective than a placebo in reducing headache frequency. In clinical studies of more than 1,300 patients, nearly half of patients (47%) who received Botox reported a 50% or higher decrease in headache days by 24 weeks following treatment. As well as a notable reduction in the frequency of attacks, patients also report decreased severity and duration of migraines after treatment.
Read one of our patients Lindsay Weinstein’s personal story…
Am I suitable for this treatment?
If you suffer from chronic migraines (i.e. you have headaches for more than 15 days in a two to three month-period or more than four severe attacks a month) then you may be suitable for this treatment.
What does the treatment involve?
Patients will need an initial consultation to assess their suitability for this treatment. If appropriate, patients can be treated with a Botox injection at the same appointment. Injections may be recommended every three months initially but the frequency of treatments should decrease over time until perhaps yearly treatment is sufficient.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
No, you can self-refer. Some insurance companies may cover the cost of treatment, and if so they would require you to be referred for an initial consultation by your GP – please check with your insurer.