Sunday, March 18, 2012

BOTOX®, has recently been approved for the treatment of chronic migraines!

BOTOX®, the top wrinkle treatment in the US, has recently been approved for the treatment of chronic migraines! For frequent sufferers of the severe headaches known as migraines, Botox injections are becoming well-known as a successful treatment.
Like many medical miracles, the effectiveness of Botox injections, as a treatment for chronic migraines, was discovered accidentally.
Patients, who normally suffered from both wrinkles and headaches, reported fewer facial lines and fewer migraines following injection that had been intended only as wrinkle treatment.
After going through repeated clinical studies, Botox has officially earned FDA approval for the treatment of chronic migraines.
For Botox migraine treatment, we make a number of micro-injections into the forehead, neck, and shoulders.
The botulinum toxin is thought to reduce migraines by decreasing muscle tension.
Not only can decreasing stress on the nervous system prevent migraines from developing, headaches that do occur are often less severe, because Botox is also thought to block pain receptors in nerve cells.
The number and frequency of injections, as well as the number of Botox treatment sessions required for optimal results, vary from patient to patient,
Possible side effects of Botox injections can include sensitivity or discomfort at the injection site, swelling, light bruising, and possible bleeding.
Most do not experience these side effects, and patients who do often remark that they're very temporary.
Our clinic now offers Botox as a headache treatment.
With over 15 years experience with Botox injection, we would be pleased to consult with you about the possibility of Botox as a migraine treatment compared to other available headache medications.
Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a private consultation

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Fight Off Aches, Pains, (& Colds) With Vitamin D

 

It's no wonder many people feel achy and sore, and sometimes tired and depressed, during winter months they're often not getting enough vitamin D. The body makes vitamin D from the sun's ultraviolet rays, so it's known as the sunshine vitamin, but this source is in short supply throughout late fall and winter.

According to an extensive review of clinical research in a report from Pain Treatment Topics (http://Pain-Topics.org), inadequate vitamin D has been linked to a long list of painful maladies, including bone and joint pain, muscle aches, fibromyalgia syndrome, rheumatic disorders, osteoarthritis, and other complaints. Lack of vitamin D also has been implicated in the mood disturbances of chronic fatigue syndrome and seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, which are more common during winter.

Author of the report and editor of Pain Treatment Topics, Stewart B. Leavitt, MA, PhD, notes that for many people sunshine is not an ample source of vitamin D during most of the year and the few foods containing the vitamin do not provide enough of it. "In our review of 22 clinical research studies persons with various pain and fatigue syndromes almost always lacked vitamin D, especially during winter months. When sufficient vitamin D supplementation was provided, the aches, pains, weakness, and related problems in most sufferers either vanished or were at least helped to a significant degree."

The report mentions the following important points:

-- Vitamin D is a complex nutrient that actually functions as a hormone to benefit numerous body tissues and organs, including bones, muscles, and nerves.

-- A surprising majority of persons in many parts of the world, including the United States, do not get enough vitamin D from sunshine or foods.

-- The currently recommended adequate intake of vitamin D up to 400 IU per day in children and 600 IU per day in adults is outdated and too low. According to the research, most children and adults need at least 1000 IU per day, and persons with bone or muscle aches and pains could benefit from 2000 IU or more per day of supplemental vitamin D3 (also called cholecalciferol), especially during winter months.

-- Vitamin D supplements are generally safe if taken as directed. They interact with very few drugs or other agents, and are usually not harmful unless very high daily doses such as, 50,000 IU or more are taken for an extended period of time.

-- Vitamin D supplements are easy to take, usually have no side effects, and typically cost as little as 7 to 10 cents per day.