Botox approved as migraine medicine, spurs headache club

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by Deborah Knapp / KENS 5

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Posted on July 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 8 at 2:00 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Botox has been FDA approved as a treatment for migraine headaches, and has been so effective and popular that some doctors are offering frequent user discounts.

A San Antonio doctor has even started a headache club.

Robbie Ward suffered debilitating migraines for more than a decade.

"You don't even want to get out of bed, you can't think, it's just pain. You can't even sleep. I've used several treatments over the years, It always seemed like after 6 - 8 months it would stop working," said Plastic Surgeon Thomas Jeneby of Ward.

Two years ago she joined Dr. Jeneby's headache club. Every month she gets Botox injections at a 50% discount.

"People pay a monthly fee about $200 a month, basically what migraine meds cost," explained Jeneby.

He has 21 members in his Headache Club and as word spreads, membership is increasing.

"Some of the oral meds you take have side effects. Botox has been studied in 2 - 3 million people, very few side effects with Botox plus it makes you look good," said Jeneby.

He injects 10 to 20 shots into nerves along the forehead that are believed to cause migraine pain. they also paralyze the muscles that cause wrinkles. he also injects the neck.

"This helps with the front headache, posterior headache, full headache," Jeneby said.

"I've been doing this for about 2 years and I've not had migraines. I am just ecstatic about this," said Ward.

Botox is now being used to paralyze another type of pain. It is being used off-label to relieve jaw tension in the Temporomandibular joint or TMJ.

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