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Candidates for the treatment
must have a chronic migraine diagnosis with 15 or more headache days
per month. Patients also must have
failed treatment with two prescription migraine medications. Most insurance, including Medicare, provides
coverage for the treatment. A savings
program also is available from the
manufacturer of Botox for people
Davis says common side effects are
minor and reversible and can include
infection, neck pain, headaches, muscle
weakness and stiffness.
Botox treatments last about 90 days,
and patients come back into the office
every 12 weeks for a new round of therapy. Most patients get the best results
after two or three rounds of treatment.
Easley recalls having a migraine
within a couple of days after her first
treatment, but over time she noticed
improvement. She began experiencing
even fewer headaches and migraines
after her second and third treatments
and estimates an 80 percent improvement a year after starting treatment.
"I've still had a couple of bad
migraines, but they've been much
fewer," she says. "I've had fewer
minor headaches as well. I even had
a week where I didn't have any headache at all."
Davis says Easley's results are ideal
and that he strives for most patients to
see a 50 percent reduction in the frequency and severity of headaches.
"There are a lot of chronic sufferers in their 50s, 60s and 70s who
have given up hope that anything
can be done," Davis says. "This treatment doesn't work for everyone, and
the outcomes do vary. But almost
all of our patients have seen significant improvement."
The Toll of Migraines
Chronic migraines can have a significant effect on employment, mental
health and well-being, and they are
a significant cause of disability.
"Your whole life really revolves
around when your next migraine
is going to come," Easley says.
"I worked with some great people
over the years and I had a boss
whose wife had migraines, so he
was very sympathetic."
But at a certain point, you start to
feel "undependable," she says. "You
sign up to help with something at
church and then you can't make it."
Migraines have affected many
occasions for the Easleys over
"You just have to accept it and
live your life around it," her husband says. "Many trips have been
postponed or interrupted and family gatherings missed. It really rules
Easley even carried a doctor's
note with her so that if a migraine
arose while she was away from
home, she could share it with an
emergency department physician to
help direct her care.
Through it all, she has maintained
a sense of strength. She knew the
migraines would eventually go away.
It wasn't a fatal condition.
Now, thanks to the Botox treatment, she's enjoying more of life
than ever. She stays active in
church and enjoys travel, especially
frequent getaways with her husband to Colorado.
"I've recommended Botox to several people I know," Easley says. "My
side effects have been very minimal,
and I suggest it as an option to anybody. It's sure helped me." 1
Neurologists Doug Davis,
M.D., and Trent Davis, M.D.,
provide Botox treatment
Doug Davis' office is at
501 S. Santa Fe Ave., Suite
300; call 785-452-6911.
Trent Davis' office is at 501
S. Santa Fe Ave., Suite 210;
LEARN more about neurology services at neurosciences.srhc.com
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