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      HEALTHCHECK : Botox used to treat migraines

      {}Emily Duke has suffered from migraines for a decade. They make her sensitive to light, smell, and sound, and force her to take time off from work, and lose valuable time with her children. {}"It was just the end of the world. I mean, I really thought some days that I wasn't going to make it. We would try over-the-counter medication. My doctors put me on every prescription medication they could think of, even things that weren't typically prescribed for migraines. Nothing was helping," Duke said.{}A few months ago, after a 5 day migraine, Emily came to Dr. Allan McKenzie's office, desperate for help. He suggested {}Botox. {}"I laughed at him. I thought no. There's no way at 32-years-old I'm going to get Botox," Emily recalls.{} "With just a simple, minimally invasive procedure, where we give shots to the forehead the temples, the back of the head, and the trapezius muscles. We can block the nerve input, which causes those muscles to contract and spasm which often triggers the migraine," said Dr. McKenzie.{}Emily took 32 injections and almost immediately experienced a change. {}{}"It's been like magic. Like a light switch. I have not had a single headache, migraine, nothing, in 3 months," she said.{} Dr. McKenzie has treated 10 migraine patients so far, with great results. Emily says she'll be back for more. {} "Now, I'm right there in the middle of the action all the time. I don't feel like I have to miss work because of a headache ever. It's changed my life," she said.{} Dr. McKenzie is also using Botox to treat over-sweating.