June is migraine awareness month

Some patients get relief from shots

TEXARKANA, Tx - Experts say most migraine sufferers are three times more likely to be women.  But, it's important to remember that men can be affected, too.

Neurologist Dr. Nancy Griffin in Texarkana, Texas, said there are treatments for migraines, but there is no known cure.  These days, many migraine sufferers are getting some help from one of the newer treatments on the market, Botox.  It has historically been used for cosmetic purposes.

Dr. Griffin said, "When it affects your ability to function you know, and you have to go lay in a dark room, that's usually a migraine."  William Powell of Lewisville, Arkansas, has had migraines since he was seven years-old. He is treated by Dr. Griffin with Botox.  He said, "At times it feels like maybe somebody got your eyeballs from behind and trying to pull them backwards into your head."  Powell said he has found some relief with the Botox injections.

Dr. Griffin said about ten to fifteen percent of her chronic migraine patients receive Botox injections to manage their pain.   

 


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