Allergies, Arthritis, Botox and Migraines?

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    I would like to know what part, if any, the following play in migraines:

     

    year round allergies, arthritis in one's jaw joints, a family history (parent, grandparent), neck strain and stress. If I can ask a second part, it would be, are any good results being reported from the use of Botox injections in the hairline and back neck area?  Dianne.

     

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    Dear Dianne;

     

    The answer is yes to all of the items in the first part of your question; 300 clinical issues can be involved in triggering Migraines or act as an association with Migraines.

     

    We would say don't assume that stress itself is a Migraine trigger for you without taking a closer look. There's still some controversy, but we hate to see anyone accept that stress is a trigger without at least trying to see if they encounter triggers during stressful times that they either don't encounter at other times or they're only triggers when the body is stressed. The International Headache Society has removed stress from their list of Migraine triggers and put it on their list of exacerbating factors -- things that make us more susceptible to our triggers. Many people have sworn stress was a trigger for them until they kept a very detailed diary for a few months. More information in Is Stress a Migraine Trigger?. We hope you'll thoroughly investigate this as we think we do ourselves a real disservice by thinking stress is a trigger for us and not looking closely for other triggers during stressful times.

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    The part about the Botox is that no one has the best injection place or technique when neck pain and headaches are being treated. Stay tuned, we are getting better at this, but the short answer is: it depends on whose hands deliver the Botox and where.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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Published On: September 17, 2010