Botox is one of the most popular anti-ageing procedures available these days, and both men and women pay to receive regular injections to iron out their wrinkles and reveal a more youthful appearance.
However, Botox can also serve other purposes, and for one user, it has helped cure her of crippling headaches she encountered after contracting meningitis twice, first in 2001 and then in 2014.
Victoria Miller from Rochdale, Lancashire, was left in agony with her headaches, and they often forced her to stay in bed for days on end.
The 30-year-old started to have Botox injections in January to help cure her of these aftereffects, after 35 different medical treatments failed to do the job. Following 200 injections, or five rounds of treatment, she has confirmed the pain from the headaches has dissipated.
“The injections have been lifesaving. I would now be too scared to stop them as they are the only thing that dulls the pain,” Ms Miller said.
“It doesn’t get rid of the pain completely, it just takes the edge off the pain and makes my day-to-day more bearable.”
She is injected with Botox at the back of her head, around her ears, in her forehead, and at her temples in a procedure that normally lasts just ten minutes.
Ms Miller added with a sense of humour: “I get three in my forehead, which is always a bonus!”
Headaches are common side-effects in meningitis sufferers, and as many as 97 per cent experience them along with exhaustion and memory loss.
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