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Moms First: Botox for migraines

Botox can be used to treat migraines // WSBT 22 photo

Botox has made headlines for making men and women look years younger.

Now, however, local doctors are using it not just for wrinkles but for migraines.

"If I wasn't doing the botox I wouldn't be able to work at all," Cindy Frick said.

Frick said she suffered from migraines for years, and nothing worked until Botox.

"I can go three weeks without a migraine, and then I might have one, but it's better than three or four a week where I can't function at all," Frick said.

Dr. Paul Desmarais has been doing the procedure for about 3-years at the South Bend Clinic.

"We inject that to 31 spots around the head, some in the front and some on the sides and then in the back, and we put in a little bit in these muscles," Desmarais said. "And it helps relax them, and therefore it helps reduce or eliminates the migraines."

Side effects from the Botox can be bruising, allergic reactions or flu-like symptoms.

"I have had very good success in fact it's probably 1 of the best things we do as far as the amount of relief when it comes to migraines," Desmarais said.

The procedure takes 15-20 minutes, and it lasts for up to 12 weeks. This procedure isn't for everyone, though, you have to have 15 migraines a month, and the have to last for at least 4 hours at a time.

Frick said as she got older the migraines became more severe and more debilitating, but Botox changed taht.

"It has given me my life back," Frick said.

Most insurance carriers will cover the medical procedure, but experts recommend viewers talk to their primary care doctor about Botox and the side effects or any risks if they are experiencing frequent headaches.

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