Medical Conditions

Headache

Headaches can cause a high burden of disease and impair daily functioning. There are several disorders that can lead to headaches.

Migraine is a headache accompanied by many other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, intolerance to light and sound, aura formation, flashes of light and loss of vision. With tenstion type headache, the headache is experienced as a tightening sensation around the head. Sometimes, it is accompanied by pain in the neck and shoulders. Both types can be treated with medication. However, in a proportion of people, medication does not help sufficiently.

The exact cause of these types of headaches is not yet clear. The tightening of muscles in the face possibly plays a role in the mechanism. This could explain why literature has shown that botox (botulinum toxin) can help in the treatment of these forms of headaches, as botox is essentially a muscle relaxant. After treatment with botox, people report that symptoms last for a shorter period of time, occur less frequently and/or are experienced as less severe than without treatment. Therefore, botox can be a solution for people who do not respond to medication sufficiently or for people who cannot or do not want to take medication.

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