If you are still reading my blog, welcome back. First timers, nice to meet you. My name is Amanda and I use this blog to talk about and share my experience with migraine and chronic pain over the last 30 years. Today I want to share about one of the treatment options that has really helped me, Botox.
It’s not fun getting stabbed 31 times with needles. It basically feels like your getting stung by a bee over and over again. I usually bleed a little bit as you can see in the picture above but overall its not too bad.
I have been getting Botox for migraines for about 4 years now. Some people are what they call super responders to the treatment, others it only helps diminish the intensity or frequency of migraines. I’m in the second group but it helps enough for me to keep being treated with it along with other meds on my treatment plan.
I know a lot of people are really skeptical about trying Botox for migraines. My advise would be why not give it a try. I did and it really helped. For those that are wondering about, “well does it cause face drooping, what are the other side effects.” Of course there are those concerns and these are questions to talk to your doctor about. I personally have never experienced these side effects but I also follow my Botox aftercare instructions carefully.
- Don’t lie down for a few hours
- No soaking in hot water (like a hot tub) within 24 hours
- No rubbing or itching face.
- Avoid touching treated areas for 24 hours.
- Use ice if needed
- Take Advil if pain persists
I’ve also had people ask me about long term effects. Botox for migraine is not like getting cosmetic Botox. The target areas for migraine are very very specific and not in areas that will give you no wrinkles for the rest of your life. So if you have chronic migraine and meds alone aren’t working for you. Talk to your doctor about Botox. Maybe, just maybe, it will help you too.