Buzz Index: Botox for Migraines Earns Mixed Reviews

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Botox for migraines: Some patients swear by it; some would like to swear at whoever convinced them to try it. Either way, they’re definitely talking about it. The procedure, which earns a 46% Worth It Rating from the RealSelf community, topped all other procedures in the site’s weekly Buzz Index, with a score of 192.

(The Buzz Index is a weekly analysis that compares the number of questions, comments and new reviews posted on RealSelf over the last 28 days relative to the last three months. With 100 representing a normal amount of discussion, higher scores mean increased interest and more buzz.)

Consider two recent reviews:

From lillitoo, a 39-year-old woman from Illinois who initially got Botox for cosmetic reasons but also gave it a thumb’s up for pain relief:

I like the results of cosmetic botox [but] I noticed right away that my headaches decreased by maybe 80%. The proof was really in the pudding when my headaches came right back shortly before the 3 month mark. Almost as soon as I got my second round of Botox, the headaches went away again.

I am considering talking to my general practitioner about this, however, my concerns are: I have never asked her about my headaches previous to this, and I don’t have faith that if she does inject my forehead or other areas that she will do an artistic job both medically and cosmetically.

Compare that with Happygma, who decided to try Botox after several years of ablations:

Within days after having Botox injections all over my head and neck, I begin to get weaker and weaker. By weeks end I couldn’t lift my arms or walk across the floor, my throat closed up and I developed a kidney infection…

I would advise anyone that asks NEVER to put that poison into their bodies… frightening to think that so many do it for beauty… CRAZY.

Given the above experiences, it’s hardly surprising that other aesthetic consumers have so many questions about the procedure: Will it affect my acupuncture treatment? Could it be the cause of subsequent seizures? Is it possible to have a very, very thin, and small linear hypertrophic scar (on my face) excised with the injection of Botox with a little chance of recurrence post-op?

Of course, there are also the usual inquiries about prices, dosages and how long the treatment will last but if the above questions are any indication, it’s safe to say that consumers pursuing Botox for migraines are desperately seeking answers — and doctors who can provide them.

Doctor Takeaway

The only stupid question is the one that doesn’t get asked

The days when potential patients would show up at your office without a clue as to their options are over. Today’s aesthetic consumers are more willing to do their homework, increasingly sophisticated in finding the information they seek and committed to becoming involved partners in their care. They’re also more likely to patronize doctors who embrace the same approach.

About Rob Lovitt

Rob Lovitt is a longtime writer and editor who believes every good business has a great story to tell. He has written for dozens of magazines and websites, including NBCnews.com, Expedia.com and the inflight magazines of Alaska, Horizon and Frontier airlines.

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