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Botox for Migraines

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Dr. Denis Patterson is giving Leslie Molina botox shots. But while most botox appointments are for cosmetic reasons, at Nevada Advanced Pain Specialists, they're using the toxin in a completely different way. A series of 32 injections are the latest treatment option for people who suffer with migraines.  

Leslie, who has had migraines since she was 8 years old, says this is the only treatment that's taken away her 15 to 18 migraines a month. "I felt great, I had one migraine in three months and it was so much less than what they were before. It lasted 2 hours instead of 8 or 10."

Dr. Patterson says botox is a great option. "What's nice about botox is you get these treatments every 3 months and what we've seen is it reduces the severity and how often you get the episodes. So there are some patients who will go 3 months without a single migraine where as before they were dealing with it greater than 15 days a month."
Patients like Gina Breslow who would have to lay in a dark room for days during severe migraines. She says botox has changed her life. "I can tell when it starts wearing off because I can feel the migraines coming at a regular pace and I can say hum, must be time for me to get my botox shots."

The shots are given during a 10 minute office visit. Dr. Patterson says in most cases, insurance covers them. "If you talk to migraine sufferers they've been dealing with this for years and tried everything so I would say if you have migraines you're probably already a candidate and I would recommend it to everybody."

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Written By Wendy Damonte
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