Of course there is no treatment that helps everyone, but another study (published in Neurology) has shown that Botox treatment for migraine does help some – and help them in real ways.
You see, some treatments and medications can really cut down on the number of migraine attacks someone has, and yet not really be worth it – because of the side effects. So this study set out to check on patients’ "health-related quality of life". Overall, is their health really better?
1,384 patients were involved in the analysis using a migraine related quality of life questionnaire and the Headache Impact Test (HIT). Compared to a placebo, the quality of life of migraine patients was significantly improved while taking Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA).
Now, this study was funded by the makers of Botox, which is not unusual, but important to note. The company has certainly had its ups and downs when it comes to this migraine treatment.
However, this does support other studies and the testimonials of specialists who are treating patients. And the study was carefully done by well known experts in the field. Botox certainly seems to be a real help to some, and yet there are still important questions about who will benefit most from treatment and how treatment should be done. And in spite of the evidence, many insurance companies are still reluctant to cover a treatment which tends to be expensive.
Hopefully studies like this will provide them with the evidence they’re looking for.
The study can be found here: OnabotulinumtoxinA improves quality of life and reduces impact of chronic migraine
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