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Botox: Not Just for Erasing Wrinkles

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After going in for a Botox treatment, most people come out with a fresh, new face devoid of wrinkles and frown lines. Since its rise to fame as fountain of youth, few people know of the drug’s other benefits to patients with neck and head pain sustained from traumatic brain injuries. Although the use of Botox in treating patients with muscle stiffness and migraines is not FDA approved, many doctors have been using the drug to treat such ailments for at least a decade.

Botox is a botulinum toxin that works by temporarily relaxing muscles. The drug also prevents the release of certain substances in the body that cause pain. The drug is injected in a specific area of the body to target the source of pain and discomfort and has few side-effects. The only reported side effect patients complain of is discomfort during injection.

A woman who suffered from chronic migraines after a traumatic brain injury said Botox has been the only drug that has effectively alleviated her headaches. “I tried every medication on the market for migraines, and nothing worked.” She receives 4 injections of Botox each year and has been using the drug for the past 3 years. “At first it feels like you have duct tape on your head. Then I feel relief. My migraines are less severe, and I don’t have to take my medication as much. I went from being incapacitated in bed in a dark room to being able to function while still having pain.”

Botox has also been used to treat stroke victims, MS patients, and cerebral palsy patients.