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WATCH: Cumbrian man cured by botox injections talks to ITV Border

A Cumbrian man's constant headaches have been cured by botox.

Steven Howes was left with almost permenant pain after two serious head injuries.

He's been receiving treatment at the Cumberland Infirmary for the past three years.

In that time he's gone from being confined to his bed for weeks at a time, to getting his dream job as a teacher.

Greg Hoare has this report.

Man's 15-year headache cured by Botox injections

Steven Howes suffered two head injuries which left him in constant pain. Credit: ITV Border

A man's 15-year headache has been cured by having Botox injections.

Steven Howes from Cumbria was hit in the face with an axe in an unprovoked attack in around 2000.

Then in 2005 a metal winch fell on to his head while he was working.

He has suffered from constant headaches ever since which left him unable to hold down a job as he was in such pain.

Stephen Howes after he was attacked with an axe. Credit: ITV Border

He said: "The best I way I can describe the pain is it's like having brain freeze but instead of a few seconds it's for 24 hours a day.

"Then on top of that, almost feeling like your skull is being crushed by a vice. It kind of gives you somewhere close to how it feels."

But for the last three years he has been having Botox injections which he credits with curing his headaches.

Steven having Botox injections which he gets every three months. Credit: ITV Border

Botox was approved for use on the NHS to treat migraines and headaches in 2012.

Since Steven has been having the treatment he has gone from being confined in his bed for weeks at a time to getting his dream job as a teacher.

"I start my new job in September," he said.


Eight boys taken to hospital after taking pink tablets

Police in the Borders have issued a drugs warning after eight boys, all under 16, were left in hospital as a result of taking an unidentified pink tablet.

They are said to have experienced significant adverse effects and are being treated in the Borders General Hospital. The police say some of the tablets may still be in circulation in the area.

Inspector Calum Welsh, who is based at Melrose Police Station, said: “These recent and unfortunate incidents highlight the significant dangers of taking non-prescribed drugs.

“It is clear that the, as yet unidentified, pink tablets are extremely potent and should be avoided at all costs.

“We believe there are more tablets circulating, particularly in the Hawick area, and my message to the public is to stay vigilant.

“I would urge anyone who has taken the tablet and who feels unwell, or knows anyone who appears unwell after taking the substance to please seek medical treatment as soon as possible.”

WATCH: Blood Bikes appeal for volunteer riders

Come rain or shine, three hundred and sixty five days of the year, blood bikes are on the go.

They provide a vital service to emergency departments all across the region.

Nationally there are 1,500 voluntary blood bikers, with forty-five across the south of Scotland and Cumbria.

Despite playing such an important role, many people are unaware of what blood bikers do.

Kate Walby went to find out.


WATCH: Playlist for Life

A charity which uses music to help people with dementia has launched a new internet learning programme.

Playlist for Life was founded by broadcaster Sally Magnusson after she saw the benefits music had for her mother.

Staff at Carlingwark House in Castle Douglas - which is part of the national social care charity Community Integrated Care - say the project has been a big success.

Katie Hunter reports:

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