Botox injections known as a major treatment option for cosmetic surgery and migraines apparently play a major role in the health domain. A Mayo Clinic case study now asserts that Botox can benefit patients suffering from disabling low cerebrospinal fluid headaches. It was suggested that Botox shots can be better than the traditional treatment, wherein a patch of the patient’s blood is injected over the puncture hole.
Generally, low CSF pressure headaches may be triggered by an internal spinal fluid leak. The pain can supposedly range from slight to disabling. Mostly, the headaches occur due to a lumbar puncture. Experts believe that the pain is caused as fluid leaks out and the brain sags. At the time of the investigation, authors thoroughly inspected a patient who suffered from low CSF pressure headaches for 25 years.
Majority of the time she would feel better while lying down, curtailing her day-to-day activities. From over the past three years, she has been subjected to Botox and the results have reportedly been not only positive, but also consistent. Michael Cutrer, M.D., and colleagues noted that after each treatment, improvement would last for three months before pain returned, so the need for another dose did arise. Treating the painful spinal headache with Botox allegedly reduced the intensity from 8 out of 10 on a visual pain scale to 3 out of 10.
The study was presented on March 13th, 2011 at the American Academy of Neurology meeting in Hawaii.