Botox Injections for Chronic Migraine Headaches

By | November 28, 2011

Women receiving botox for cosmetic reasons noticed that their chronic migraine headaches nearly disappeared.

The serendipitous use of botulinum toxin in the treatment of chronic headaches dates back to the early 1990s when patients receiving Botox for cosmetic procedures noticed that their chronic migraine headaches either improved substantially or disappeared altogether. The degree of pain relief did not appear to be related to the degree of paralysis or the exact location of injections, although it has been customary to inject in the distribution of the pain. FDA approval for this use of botulinum toxin in chronic pain patients would wait another 20 years until October of 2010. Although still not approved by the FDA, Botox appears to be equally effective for the treatment of other chronic headaches, such as tension headaches or transform migraines. Botox does not appear to be effective in the treatment of posterior headaches or trigeminal neuralgia.

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