More chronic migraine headache patients are using Botox as a migraine treatment, but skeptics still worry about reported side effects linked with Botox injections. Do you suffer from low cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) headaches? If so, researchers are convinced that regular injections of Botox treatments can end your pounding migraine headache symptoms for good. Even if the headaches which plague you aren’t specifically CSF headaches, there’s still a good chance that Botox health benefits still apply to you, according to scientists like Michal Cutrer, M.D., a Mayo Clinic neurologist.
Scientific study finds that Botox injections excel at providing headache relief
A recent study focused on a chronic headache patient who had been suffering from low cerebrospinal fluid headaches for over 20 years. CSF headaches are caused by leakage of cerebrospinal fluids, causing a decrease in brain pressure while the patient is standing or sitting upright. CSF headache symptoms vary according to the severity of the condition. In this study, the patient had been experiencing excruciating pain for half of her lifetime.
Because of the nature of CSF headaches, the sufferer can only experience headache relief while lying completely flat. According to the World Headache Alliance, migraine headaches such as CSF are among the top 20 causes of disability.
Dr. Cutrer has been testing the effects of Botox headache treatments on migraine patients with low cerebrospinal fluids. What he discovered was that Botox injections were able to relieve pain more effectively than any other migraine treatment. On a scale of 1 to 10, with a 10 being the most debilitating level of pain, patients who received Botox treatments went from an 8 to a 2 or 3.
Dr. Cutrer is quick to point out that Botox treatments are not a cure for migraine headaches; once the patient stops treatment, the headaches will return.
Are there any dangerous side effects associated with Botox treatments?
There have been several allegations and studies which have pointed to negative side effects of frequent Botox usage. Recently, Allergan, a manufacturer of Botox, was sued and settled for over $200 million in a case which attempted to link Botox with the brain damage of a senior citizen. Others have reported side effects such as bruising, speech impediments and skin rash. And recently, a study published by Social Psychological and Personality Science made the claim that overuse of Botox injections can lead to emotional problems.
While the FDA stands behind the decision to approve the use of Botox for chronic migraine treatment, patients are still warned about possible adverse reactions. According to the warning label, botulinum toxins can leak to other parts of the body and produce symptoms similar to botulism, such as difficulty breathing, and can be life-threatening.