This article in the Daily Mirror on 11th September raised the potential use of Botox injections to treat debilitating headaches, nicknamed ‘suicide headaches’ and described as the worst pain mankind can endure. The condition affects around 0.1% of the population worldwide (1 in 1,000) including Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe. It is thought to be a genetic condition.
Researchers in Norway have suggested that Botox injections could present a potentially miraculous cure for this condition, offering hope where pain relief and even surgery have not succeeded.
The treatment involved injecting Botox through the nasal cavity towards nerve cells behind the eye, where the pain signals are transmitted.
In tests, half of the patients experienced at least a 50% reduction in the frequency of their headaches. The headaches tend to reoccur in episodes lasting 6-12 weeks once every year or two. Chronic sufferers have bouts of headaches lasting u pto 11 months.
SkinViva’s Dr Tim Pearce was asked to provide expert comment and said:
“Botox has previously been known to block the production of a substance called ‘Substance P’, a peptide composed of a chain of 11 amino acid residues.”
“The ‘P’ in its name actually stands for ‘Pain’, so it is very understandable that Botox has the ability to block other sauces of pain, like headaches.”
Botox® (onabotulinum toxin A) was licensed specifically for the treatment of chronic migraine in July 2010 by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This is a specialist, medical application for botulinum toxin.
See photos and full story in the Daily Mirror Online
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