Migraine Sufferers Find Relief in Experimental Treatments
August 3, 2005
Liz Taylor battles them, and so do supermodel Elle McPherson and Lisa Kudrow. Like millions of Americans, all of these stars suffer from the monster pain of migraines.
But chronic migraine patient Lisa Collea has found a new relief -- from Botox, which is that magic wrinkle remedy.
"It literally feels like your brains are going to explode inside your head," Collea said of her experience with migraines. "But it's life-altering taking the Botox."
Collea's doctor, famed New York headache specialist Dr. Larry Newman, says Botox injections are to treat and prevent the agony of migraines: "It's not approved yet by the FDA for the treatment of migraines, but our experiences are so dramatic that many of us are just using it anyway."
Jennifer Petrilli is a walking success story for another kind of migraine marvel. Just nine months ago, she was in hell from horrible headaches that snatched her life. "I just didn't feel like I could have a life sitting in a dark room, alone crying, which is what I did most of the time," Petrilli admitted. "Now I have my life back."
Petrilli's miracle cure was an electric stimulator implant, which is also awaiting FDA approval. The device is placed under the skin and sends electrical signals to the spine that zap the pain and can be controlled by the patient.
"It's amazing," Petrilli insisted. "If I get a headache I can turn it up, and the pain will often go away."