Migraines are debilitating. Many people suffering a severe headache claim that they are experiencing a migraine. If they were they would be in for a shock. Migraines do however vary in intensity and frequency.
One definition of Migraine is, "A recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision."
Some migraine sufferers always experience vision problems during an attack, whilst for others it is an intense head pain with nausea but no vision disturbances. Migraines may be experienced infrequently or as many times as thirty in one month. At times a patient may experience a cluster of migraines but once this period has passed may only experience the occasional migraine.
Migraine should not be underestimated as sufferers can feel the ill effects of a migraine for a couple of days at least. This can result in work, education and life problems. Holidays can be ruined and a job lost through too many sick days. Treatments vary. Medications are available which are aimed at preventing migraines, whilst others aim to treat the symptoms once a migraine develops.
In Kingston-upon-Hull, in the South of Yorkshire, one Neurologist has had success treating migraine sufferers with botox injections. Botox became famous for treating the wrinkles of the well off. These days it is used in many treatments. Patients may need to have more than 30 injections into their head at one go. Migraine pain is so bad though that this does not daunt them.
Dr Ahmed who works for the Hull NHS Trust delivers the treatment under the NHS but there are qualifying rules.
Each treatment is said to cost the NHS around £350. That may not seem a lot but consider that one in seven people in the UK are said to suffer from Migraines and also that the treatment will not be a one off. Currently in order to qualify for NHS botox migraine injections a patient must experience at least fifteen attacks in one month and have tried various medications.
Dr Fayaz Ahmed tested the procedure at his clinic in Hull, and NICE, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, has approved its use for NHS patients. As we have already said, Botox is in use these days in NHS treatments for a wide range of conditions.
As with so many treatments across the UK, migraine sufferers do not all receive the same treatments. The best advice is to research those available on the NHS in the area where you live.Health care can still be a bit of a postcode lottery.
However we all pay the same amount of money toward the NHS and all deserve the same level of care and treatment. Make sure you get the treatment you deserve.
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