One step nearer to Botox for migraines on the NHS

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Normally confined to the clinics of plastic surgeons, Botox is entering into the realms of medical treatment.

Today the Health watchdog, NICE, has published its final draft guidance which recommends the anti-wrinkle jab for the treatment of migraines.

Sounds astonishing doesn't it? But it's estimated that around 700,000 adults in the UK suffer from chronic migraines, that's 2% of the population.

For many it is a debilitating condition; hindering work and relationships.

The decision has been met with support from the Migraine Trust and the British Association for the Study of Headache (BASH).

The headache experts with first hand experience in treating chronic migraine know how debilitating the condition can be for some patients and Botox can be a life changing treatment.

– Dr Fayyaz Ahmed, Chair of BASH

Wendy Thomas, CEO of the Migraine Trust, has welcomed the new use of Botox.

NICE are advising the NHS whether the benefits of Botox, chemically known as botulinum toxin type A, will be value for money for treating patients.

It actually comes from a chemical toxin produced by a bacterium, in large doses this causes paralysis - but that is rare.

It's not known exactly why Botox helps migraines, but it's thought it works by blocking pain signals.

But there is a proviso, it is only likely to help sufferers who have previously failed all 3 treatment options & this is the last resort.

But for those people suffering on a daily agonising basis, it could make all the difference.