04/30/07 #4 - Botox injections for relief of headaches?

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  • Full Question:
    I have started Botox injections recently.  I receive 26 injections of Botox on my neck, shoulders, around the scull, and my forehead.  The first time I had severe pain in my neck from the new muscles adjusting to holding my head up for the first three and a half weeks which caused frequent headaches.  The second time they put my on Anaprox to cut the inflammation and this solved that problem.  It isn't the cure, but it has cut my headaches at least in half.. my headaches are so related to my neck and shoulders.  It is so great not to have neck and shoulder pain.

    What is your take on Botox injections for relief of headaches?  I receive them at MHNI in Ann Arbor, Michigan about every three months.  Thank You.
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    Answer:

    Dear Sufferer;
    Botox injections, when chosen for specific kinds of headaches and Migraines, can be quite useful as you mentioned. 50% reductions are considered a success in headache and pain circles.  We don't talk about cures or "fixes" in the headache treatment world.  Or, at least I don't. Migraine is a genetic neurological disease that we simply do not have a cure for at this time. Sounds like your on to something good; I hope it continues to work for you.

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert


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Published On: April 30, 2007