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Kim Zolciak claims she ‘desperately’ needs Botox for migraine treatment


Reality tv regular Kim Zolciak has claimed that her regular Botox injections are not for cosmetic use and are in fact to help with her chronic migraines. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star is currently competing on Dancing With The Stars and she spoke to Fox 411 about her use of the anti-aging treatment, insisting that it was for medical reasons, rather than to improve her appearance.

37-year-old Kim told followers on Instagram that she had visited a dermatologist in Beverly Hills and later told Fox that she ‘needed’ the treatment, not to get rid of wrinkles but to deal with migraines that have been affecting her for years. The Real Housewife said that her Doctor really came through for her, even though he had just had a baby two days before she begged him to come and give her the treatment.

Kim told the website that ‘on a more serious note’ the treatment is for migraines that she has suffered with since she was 23; she claims that if she goes longer than ninety days without the Botox injections she ends up bedridden due to chronic migraines. Speaking about the product from a cosmetic point of view, the reality star added she is ‘all for making yourself feel good’ and added that there is no shame in feeling good about yourself, so ‘Why lie? Why hide? We only go around one time so enjoy it.’

Cumbrian man has 15-year headache cured with Botox injections


A man who suffered with painful headaches for almost fifteen years has found a cure to the problem; Steven Howes, of Cumbria, sought relief from the on-going problem and Botox was suggested to him. Steven started to get headaches after being attacked with an axe in 2000; he was also involved in an accident at work in 2005 when a metal winch fell onto his head.

The terrible headaches Steven developed made it impossible for him to hold down a job and he described it as ‘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.’ After suffering the horrendous pain for so long, Steven has finally found a solution and he has been getting regular Botox injections which have cured the headaches.

This treatment has been available on the NHS for the past three years and it is used to treat migraines and headaches; the toxin is injected into specific areas of the head and neck to freeze the muscles and stop the pain. It is only temporary but with repeated treatment the pain should be kept at bay on a semi-permanent basis. Since finding the cure, Steven has gone from being bedridden for weeks at a time to getting a new job as a teacher, which he starts this month.

Botox injections help migraine sufferer go back to work


A man from Cumbria has been given the chance to go back to work after spending nearly fifteen years off sick due to crippling migraines; Steven Howes, of Fletchertown, was left unable to hold down a job because of his condition and instead stayed at home to be a full-time dad to his two children. Thanks to pioneering Botox injections at Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary, he has seen a dramatic improvement and is currently retraining as a primary school teacher.

The 33-year-old began suffering from severe migraines after an unprovoked attack in 1998 and an accident with a tractor in 2000 left him with brain injuries that later developed into debilitating migraines. Steven said ‘The headaches used to get so bad she [wife Rebecca] would have to drop everything to come home and look after the kids because I wasn’t capable. No medication worked.’

Botox was approved for use with chronic migraines in May last year and consultant Yogendra Jagatsinh said that the infirmary had used the treatment with six patients so far, saying ‘every one of them has a seen a very good improvement.’ Steven commented that the procedure had ‘completely transformed’ his life, adding ‘I started treatment in July and my wife has not had to take a single day off work since then. I’ve wanted to be a teacher for a few years but never dreamed I’d even be able to do the training.’

Migraine sufferers offered Botox on the NHS


People who suffer with severe migraines will now be offered Botox injections free on the NHS, to try and combat the condition; the anti-aging drug has been provisionally approved for treatment of headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Around 700,000 people struggle with chronic migraine symptoms in the UK – which is defined as having a headache every other day or a full migraine for at least eight days out of the month.

The procedure involves administering Botox to the head and neck, which then relaxes the muscles and paralyses the areas of tissue that trigger migraines. In February this year a study was published stating that there was not enough evidence to show that the injections worked in this capacity, but drugs rationing body NICE (National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence) made a dramatic U-turn on the subject and the treatment will become available provisionally in June – after the final guidelines have been completed.

At about £350 a time, the thirty injections are provided as a top-up service every three months or so, which works out at about £1,400 a year for every patient who receives them as part of on-going treatment for migraines; a price which most would agree is not too much to deal with this debilitating illness. It has been recommended that Botox be used only after at least three other medications have not helped alleviate the condition – initial research has suggested that 70% of patients have seen a 50% reduction in migraine symptoms.

Botox injections can relieve wider illnesses


Botox injections can relieve wider illnessesBotox injections can be used to bring relief to people suffering from a wide variety of health issues such as cerebral palsy, migraines and excessive sweating.

With the majority of people assuming the substance is solely used to prevent the development of wrinkles, increasing numbers of health professionals are using the procedure to treat a number of ailments.

A recent article published in the Sun highlighted the range of issues Botox injections are able to relieve, while stating those undergoing the procedure are happy with the results.

Among the participants was Liz Pearce from Leicester, who has received the injections to help with the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, which can affect speech and mobility.

She said: "The Botox relaxes the detrusor muscle, which contracts to release urine, and increases storage capacity of the bladder.

"The results are out of this world – Botox really has changed my life."

Meanwhile, the Financial Times recently reported a continued increase in the number of Botox sales occurring in the US despite the struggling economy. ADNFCR-2621-ID-800729688-ADNFCR

Botox injections to treat migraines in India


Botox injections to treat migraines in IndiaIndividuals contemplating Botox injections to ward off the earliest signs of ageing could be surprised to hear there are alternative uses for the substance.

According to the Hindustan Times, the anti-wrinkle procedure is set to be used as a form of treatment for people suffering from migraines in India.

This news comes after Allergan, the substance's manufacturer, was given the green light from the country's Drug Controller General to use the injections for medical purposes.

As part of the move, individuals suffering from chronic headaches more than 15 times per month will qualify to receive Botox treatment, which is said to relieve the symptoms for up to three months.

Raghu Kumar, managing director of Allergan India, said: "Patients can now avail a new preventive treatment option that will reduce their time duration spent in pain resulting in better quality of life."

Meanwhile, the company has recently been given the nod to develop Botox with the hope of helping people who suffer from urinary incontinence.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800695380-ADNFCR

More doctors ‘using Botox to treat migraines’


More doctors 'using Botox to treat migraines'Image-conscious individuals looking to receive Botox treatment to reverse the physical signs of ageing could be interested in alternative uses for the substance.

According to ABC 7News, increasing numbers of US doctors are using the treatment to ease the pain of migraines among patients.

The rise in the procedure's popularity comes after the Food and Drug Administration approved the product's use in select medical instances.

Experts define chronic migraines as 15 or more headaches per month, with many people experiencing problems with other aspects of their life as a result.

Dr Jason Krutsch, pain management specialist at University of Colorado Hospital, said: "Patients are often at [their] wits' end often having tried multiple medications and injections, and Botox is often the last step and the saving grace."

This news comes after UK charity the Migraine Trust called for the government to allow the NHS to issue the injection for the relief of headaches for free.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800622008-ADNFCR

Australian doctors use Botox to treat cerebral palsy


Australian doctors use Botox to treat cerebral palsyPeople contemplating receiving Botox to maintain a youthful glow could be interested to hear the substance has been used to treat cerebral palsy.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, six-year-old Dakota Dileo has received the treatment to allow increased mobility in her right arm and leg.

The Australian youngster has benefitted considerably from the procedure, which blocks the brain's chemical messaging and makes muscles more floppy.

Treated by therapist Brian Hoare, Dileo has become increasingly independent due to combining the injections with occupational therapy.

Dr Hoare addressed the treatment as an effective way to stop "the muscle properties become less elastic and then eventually the bones grow and the muscles stay short and then can't straighten them out".

In addition to providing relief for children with cerebral palsy, a number of medical practitioners have also used the treatment to help members of the public who suffer from chronic migraines.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800568323-ADNFCR

Ongoing headaches could relate to oral health, claims emergency dentist


Ongoing headaches could relate to oral health, claims emergency dentistPeople who suffer from regular headaches have been advised to see an emergency dentist, as the problem could be related to oral health.

The British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) suggested that persistent headaches could be a result of temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, which is caused by an imbalance when biting the jaws together.

Affecting one in seven people across the UK, the condition causes migraines due to increased pressure on nerves, muscles and blood vessels near the head.

Chief executive of the BDHF Dr Nigel Carter has urged individuals who are showing signs of the illness to seek attention from a dental expert.

He said: "Your dentist may be able to help you or may refer you to a specialist who deals with occlusal problems."

Colgate advises people living with TMJ disorder to eat a diet consisting of mainly soft foods, such as soup, scrambled eggs and fruit smoothies.

The organisation recommends that sufferers avoid yawning or singing often to prevent painful symptoms. ADNFCR-2621-ID-800556129-ADNFCR

Is Botox responsible for Nicole Kidman’s youthful looks?


Is Botox responsible for Nicole Kidman's youthful looks?Actress Nicole Kidman's smooth and wrinkle-free complexion at the recent Country Music Awards could be due to Botox treatment, it has been suggested.

After admitting to a German magazine earlier this year that she had tried Botox, the Oscar winner claimed she did not like the effect it had on her face.

She told the magazine: "I even tried Botox but I didn't like how my face looked afterwards. Now I don't use it anymore and I can move my forehead again."

However, rumours have emerged that Kidman has opted for the treatment again.

Although a representative for the Rabbit Hole star denied Kidman had changed her opinion and opted to use Botox again, a number of reports about the actress's wrinkle-free skin have speculated she has undergone treatment.

The procedure has a number of benefits when used cosmetically and has recently been found to help with various medical problems.

Website Love to Know reported that Botox injections have been used to assist in treatment for migraines as well as provide relief for men with enlarged prostate glands. ADNFCR-2621-ID-800487619-ADNFCR

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