Emily Andrea praises ‘game-changing’ Botox – but not for cosmetic reasons

Emily Andrea has opened up about how Botox has made "such a difference" to a certain health condition she suffers from.

Writing in her weekly OK! column, NHS doctor Emily says the injections have been game changing for her migraines, which used to leave her vomiting and losing her vision. Here, she also discusses her recent family holiday to Dubai and why she thinks the Government are handling the spread of Omicron in the 'right' way. Sign up – for free! – to see what she has to say.

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Botox Is My Migraine Game Changer

A few days after getting back from Dubai, I had the first migraine I’ve had in ages. I’d almost forgotten how horrible having a migraine is!

They used to make me vomit and lose my vision in one eye, which was awful.

I’ve tried all sorts of treatments in the past from my GP, but the thing I’ve found which has made such a difference for me, is having Botox across the top of my forehead.

It’s not quite clear how it helps with migraines, but it can be given in the forehead, above the ears or even in the neck.

Although most people think Botox is a cosmetic procedure, it has all sorts of other uses that can benefit your health, such as treating bladder problems or excessive sweating.

It was first mentioned to me by my brother Tom, who has an aesthetics clinic.

I go to his clinic when I can to get it done, but you can also get it done on the NHS if you meet certain criteria.

The only downside is you have to have it every 12 weeks or so, and I never seem to get time!

Our Family Getaway

We had such a lovely family trip to Dubai recently. The place where we stayed was incredible and the people were so friendly.

We stayed in a lovely villa, and the kids loved swimming in the pool and going to the beach.

We were looked after so well and they made us feel so special. They even did a daily countdown to Millie’s eighth birthday with cupcakes!


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We took the kids to see the aquarium at the Dubai Mall and we had an incredible dinner at the Burj Khalifa, which is the world’s tallest building.

The kids were blown away by that. Everything we did made the kids’ faces light up with awe, which was so nice to see.

With six of us travelling we ended up having to do 14 Covid tests altogether! I did some serious shopping around to get them as cheap as possible, but it was still expensive. Still, it was worth it to be able to go away as a family.

Since getting back it’s been back to the daily grind and focusing on the release of my book, Growing Up For Girls.

I’m on Loose Women this week talking about it, which is really exciting. I’m definitely less nervous than usual
as I know the subject matter very well!

I’ve also finished the first draft of the boys’ book, so now the hard part is deciding what to keep in and choosing the illustrations. I’m so excited about it!

The Right Approach

I do think the Government is handling the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid in the right way.

If those who are still unvaccinated pick up a milder strain it will hopefully mean they acquire a degree of immunity without a high risk of getting seriously ill.

The Government is also closely monitoring hospitalisation rates and things are stable at the moment. Let’s hope it stays
that way.

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Secondary school students do have to wear masks though, which didn’t go down well with everyone. I think it’s important to be able to see each other’s faces, especially in an educational environment.

But if it’s necessary to reduce infection while the virus is peaking then I think it’s better children are in school wearing a mask, than at home. No one wants to go back to homeschooling – and I’m sure no one wants to be back in lockdown!

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