Botox for migraines

By Amy
Abernathy, Texas
February 21, 2009 5:58am CST
Finally a way to get your insurance to pay for Botox! Just kidding of course - although in the case of migraines they just might do it! Botox targets the Corrogator muscles in the forehead and its thought to prevent the trigger of migraines or lessen them. Its an alternative to remember to take medicine every day. If after six months you find it does help after six months you can have surgery to cut the muscles permanently. Good for wrinkles - and migraines. Here's an article by the most informative Migraine site I've found. http://www.migraines.org/treatment/probotox.htm Some also use it for muscle spasms and for excess sweating underneath the arms. What do you think - would you use it for a migraine solutions - would you use it cosmetically?
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
21 Feb 09
The botox for migraines was in an episode of Law and Order CI that I watched the other night. I wouldn't use botox for cosmetic reasons, I am just not that into putting poisons in my body. Botox is actually the toxin that causes lockjaw. But if I had killer migraines like some people do and I thought taking botox would help that then I might try it. Some people have them so bad that they cannot even function. I think any treatment is worth trying when your affliction is that severe.
• Abernathy, Texas
21 Feb 09
I have migraines like that, but I have to function at least marginally because I have a toddler. And I have them often. And the doctor wants me on a beta blocker - I have low blood pressure but it helps with the vasodilation that happens (its the opposite of a headache which is why headache meds don't work and vice versa) its like a prophylactic for migraines and a migraine medication. I would try the Botox for my migraines and if it works maybe get the corrogater muscles cut. I'm a little nervous because of the toxins involved but haven't read anything about collagen or aquafillers(or whatever the permanant shots are called) helping with migraines.
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
23 Feb 09
My mom has migraines before I would recommend this treatment for her, I would research this thoroughly so I would give you the same advice, research any treatment thoroughly before taking anything.
• Abernathy, Texas
23 Feb 09
Oh absolutely. My Doctor wants me on a migraine medication and a beta blocker - not because I have high blood pressure (I have low blood pressure) but because of what migraines do to the blood vessels the opposite of what headaches do) and I researched this thoroughly as my doctor suggested and didn't like what what I learned about beta blockers at all. Especially what can happen if you forget to take it - which is very likely for me - and I've tried everything to remember to take vitamins. I do thank you, but its my policy not to pursue any treatment without that. I know I don't like the idea of long term medicine and how it might affect my system and the side effects and what might happen if I forget to take it. Sometimes out of fear, I choose not to pursue a treatment, like I chose not to have my nose fixed even though an ear nose and throat specialist said I always have a low grade infection and allergies and it likely takes away much of my energy. But amid many stories of people who found relief with the surgery ( I have a majorly deviated septum) and the sinus scraping they do...I chose not to because of one bad story. I know this is so illogical and I'm thinking of taking care of it now (want to get rid of all my healthy problems at once lol). So I want to realize for this that there is going to be good stories and bad about this. I have to weigh it out with the intense pain I go through each day. And the realization that Botox, unlike other shots is temporary. I try it for six months, and if it works, I get my corrogator muscles cut. Then no more medicines or toxins. I really love that picture of your avatar!
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@AmbiePam (50071)
• United States
25 Feb 09
I so badly want this done to help my migraines. I was watching a 20/20 episode a couple of years ago, and they were demonstrating how to do it, and they chatted with some people who had had it done. Of course Medicaid wouldn't pay for it, and even when I was on regular insurance I doubt they would have paid for it.
• Abernathy, Texas
26 Feb 09
Would you just do the Botox over and over, or, if it worked, would you have your corrogator muscles cut? I just found out recently that although most insurance won't cover TMJ problems, Blue Cross/Blue Shield will - but not dental - medical. It was because of a lawsuit. I've read that some insurance will cover Botox, if you can prove it wasn't for wrinkles but for a headache.
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@AmbiePam (50071)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I don't think I would want anything invasive done. I'm on Medicaid, and I know they wouldn't cover the Botox. Silly thing is, it would save THEM money. I wouldn't end up going to the ER if my migraines failed to go away after 4 days. That is my limit. If I have a migraine for four days and my migraine medicine has not worked, I go to the ER.