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Treatment for Migraines - Dr McAlister

Dr Carole McAlister is a General Practitioner and Aesthetic doctor based in Glasgow.
She graduated as a doctor of medicine and surgery at the University of Edinburgh in 1988.
In 2008 she undertook the "Facial Aesthetics in General Practice" course and subsequently she studied for the "Advanced Facial Aesthetics and Dermal Fillers" certificate for Doctors.




Migraines

Chronic headaches / migraines affects about 1% of the UK population.

Common symptoms include:

Severe headache
Visual disturbances such as spots or flashing lights
Sensitivity to light, noise, or smells
Nausea and vomiting
Tingling sensations, pins and needles, and weakness or numbness in the limbs

Botulinum toxin has now been approved as a preventive treatment for chronic migraine by UK drug regulators; after having been approved by the FDA in the US and it will come as a welcome relief to know there is another treatment to add to the list as most sufferers really struggle to find a treatment that is totally effective.

This comes after a trial of more than 1,300 patients showed success in reducing the frequency of headaches. In clinical trials, patients were given up to five courses of injections of Botulinum toxin every 12 weeks. After 24 weeks, those treated with Botulinum toxin had fewer days with a migraine than those who received a placebo injection. By one year, nearly 70% of those treated with Botox had a 50% reduction in the number of migraines compared with before the trial.

It is not exactly clear why it may work in chronic migraines but it is thought that, as well as being a muscle relaxant, it may work to block pain signals.

Injections of botulinum toxin, are more often associated with treatments for anti ageing wrinkles and more recently to help stop hyperhidrosis (over sweating condition).


Cost:

The treatment costs 250




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