Some turning to Botox to alleviate migraine painFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Who knew treating wrinkles could lead to fewer headaches? Now, more and more people are turning to the wrinkle buster Botox to ease chronic migraine pain.
Who knew treating wrinkles could lead to fewer headaches? Now, more and more people are turning to the wrinkle buster Botox to ease chronic migraine pain.
Fifty-two year-old Cheryl Beech has suffered from headaches since she was just 20 years-old. Each year they became worse and more frequent, especially within the last ten years.
Cheryl Beech – Botox Patient: “You know there have been a lot of treatments I have used, and they have helped short term, maybe for a day or a week, but nothing has worked, like this has worked.”
After trying countless treatments, one year ago Beech decided to start getting Botox treatments with a Sanford Neurologist. Since then this once pain stricken woman has been living with pleasure rather than pain.
Cheryl Beech: “I just feel so much better, the whole world looks like a different place, when the headaches are gone, I just feel like I can take on the world.”
Sanford Neurologist, Dr. Cynthia Knutson first started using Botox as a treatment for headaches about a year ago. Since starting she has seen very good results with her patients.
Dr. Cynthia Knutson – Sanford Neurologist: “Some patients are getting excellent relief, some patients are coming in and telling me that they have had headache free days the first time in years.”
While it may only take 15 minutes, there are thirty-one injections over your face and your neck. Dr. Knutson says it's not just a quick fix.
Dr. Knutson: “It isn't a quick turnaround; it's a process of gradually working this headache down so that it is more tolerable.”
While some people will be fighting growing old with Botox, Beech will be headache free and catching up on the years she missed out on.
Cheryl Beech: “I can predict that I am going to be feeling better and can do more things. I have been able to be at home on a day when I’m off and not only want to lay down for a good share of that time.”
Dr. Knutson says her migraine sufferers typically get treatments every 12 weeks. The price for these treatments vary, but some insurances do cover it for migraine treatment, only if approved by a medical doctor like Knutson.