Botox or Calcium Channel Blocker Med?

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    BC2BC2
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    I saw an article about Botox possibly helping with secondary Raynauds and was wondering if anyone here has tried that (if it is even an option).

    I have (unsuccessfully) tried Botox for Migraines and didn’t have any adverse reactions so I think it is safe for me in general.

    I am having a very hard time with winters in NY and it seems to get worse every year. I have to be extremely vigilant to keep from getting ulcers on my toes. It requires so much work that I am thinking of finally trying either Botox if it is even an option or go on a daily medication (I guess it would have to be calcium channel blockers since I have bad frequent migraines).

    Wondering if anyone has tried Botox or takes a calcium channel blocker med regularly.

    Take care, Beth

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    Lynn WundermanFrostie
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    We’ve read of one very limited study (3 people) in London where Botox was applied to the toes, here’s our post: https://www.raynauds.org/2018/09/23/botox-applied-to-the-toes-restores-heat-to-feet/. To date, it’s the only one we’ve seen testing this approach to the feet.

    While Botox for Raynaud’s symptoms appears to have promise, the numbers so far are very small and results are still not yet endorsed by the medical community. However, calcium channel blockers have been clinically proven to help with Raynaud’s symptoms for years and are generally the first line of defense doctors prescribe for Raynaud’s patients.

    I personally haven’t tried Botox, but can say that the CCB drugs, along with being more careful with lifestyle issues, have helped me over the years avoid digital ulcers on my toes. Hope this input helps!

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