The Headland Clinic
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Botox is the term used for botulinum toxin A. It has been commonly used for many years as a cosmetic procedure used to treat facial lines and wrinkles. It was originally designed to treat muscle spasms but it was also found that it had massively beneficial affects on wrinkles and lines. Its beneficial effects for migraine are thought to be because it relaxes the muscles where most tension is present. However, the exact reasons that Botox is beneficial to sufferers are still mostly unclear.
Chronic migraine is defined as someone who has fifteen days out of a month where they are suffering from the effects of migraine attacks. Migraines cause blinding pain, dizziness and sickness to the sufferer and can even alter speech and movement. The Migraine Trust and The British Association for the study of headaches have been campaigning for Botox to be used as a viable treatment for migraine for some time. Now Botox has been FDA approved but it is still very difficult to get free on the NHS. Sufferers of chronic migraine have found that Botox not only reduces the number of migraines they suffer it also makes the ones they do get less severe and easier to manage.
If you are considering having Botox to treat migraine it is very important that you speak to your doctor first and they can advise if they think it will help you. Picking a clinic where they have suitable experience of this type of treatment is also a must. Having Botox for migraine attacks is not the same as having them for wrinkles. The injections sites will be different to achieve a different result. The doctor will inject Botox into the forehead, neck and shoulders of the patient. These are the main areas where tension builds up which can lead to a migraine. The reduction in muscle tension also produces less strain upon the nervous system which also helps migraine attacks.
Sweating is necessary to control body temperature during times of exercise and in warm/hot surroundings, and is a normal response to a rise in temperature or anxiety. Sweating is regulated by the sympathetic nervous system. In about 1% of the population, this system is revved-up and works at a very high level, causing sweating to occur at inappropriate times, far in excess of the amount necessary to maintain normal body temperature. It can occur in many different areas of the body, and the condition is known as Hyperhidrosis, which means 'excessive sweating'. It affects both sexes equally, and all races.
Hyperhidrosis is not a temporary condition. Many people who suffer from it have suffered for many years, often from childhood or sometimes from adolescence. Hot or cold, the sweating is constant, and the impact of hyperhidrosis can be severe. Wetness and staining of clothes, clammy hands and sodden smelly shoes, inability to grip objects such as pens, cold and wet handshake, damage to keyboards and difficulty dealing with paper and metals, can make a miserable existence. You may constantly worry about changing clothes, freshening up, using absorbent pads or sticking with loose black or white clothes, and may avoid making friends or interacting with people at work. Patients report that they are even embarrassed to hold the hands of those they love. Loneliness, depression and decreased confidence can result.
Excessive sweating can also cause irritating or painful skin conditions.
It is very important that you make sure you are a suitable candidate for treatment. Make sure you are aware of all the side effects. Most migraine sufferers considering this will be desperate to help their condition so it is vital they do not agree to the procedure before they have thought it through. The number of injections that will be needed and how many sessions will vary between patients. Other methods of curing the migraines should have been looked into beforehand. You must discuss properly with the doctor specifically what your migraines are like, where you get the pains, what other effects does the migraine cause etc. This will help them to determine the right course of action for you. Not all migraine sufferers will be eligible for treatment. Side effects to Botox may include swelling, tenderness and redness at the sight of the injection, light bruising and possible bleeding. There is also a chance that by having Botox you could make tension headaches worse for a short time. All side effects should wear off within three days and it is vital that if they don’t you seek further treatment. Botox can help migraine sufferers free themselves from frequent attacks when treatment is given with care.
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