I am getting to Botox soon. I will Be done. I don’t effing care if it takes three rounds to have any potential effects. I want to start now to see if I get those effects.
Just have to get the damn insurance company sorted out with its pre-authorization to authorize me to use it for medical purposes. Which if it is late then my appoint will have to be back up further. One way or another it is Happening.
Here are some of the side effects you might want to watch out for :
The injections are slightly prickly or stingy and take about 5 minutes to complete.
It is possible, though rare, to have an acute allergic response so you should stay in the clinic for several minutes after the first set of injections.
Less than one in ten patients experience each of the following side effects:-
ā Worsening migraine. This can begin within a day or two of the injections, usually lasts a small number of days. It can be treated with triptans and/or regular naproxen 250 mg or 375 mg three times daily after meals.
ā Rash, itching
ā As with all injections; pain, bruising, bleeding or infection where the injection was given are a possibility
1. Drooping of eyebrows or eye lids. This begins after a couple or a few weeks and can last for a small number of weeks.
2. Muscle weakness, pain, cramp, stiffness or tightness
3. Weakness and pain in the neck. This begins after a couple or a few weeks and can last for a small number of weeks. It can be treated with regular naproxen as in (1) above.
Less than 1 in 100 may experience:
ā Difficulty in swallowing
ā Skin pain
ā Jaw pain
ā Swollen eyelid
If you have any difficulty in breathing, swallowing or speaking after receiving Botox contact your GP immediately.
If you experience hives, swelling including the face or throat, wheezing, feeling faint and shortness of breath please also contact your GP immediately.National migraine center
I never experienced any of that when I went. However it did make me feel like crap. Immediately more pain and a wicked migraine. And that seems to be common. That stick needles into a head and oddly enough it causes so aggravation and pain. The migraines don’t agree with it a go a little nuts. The day of botox, isn’t a pleasant one.
Just how effective are we looking at here? Everyone benefits? Only 25% or is it 75?
The goal is not to become completely free of headache or migraine; but to improve quality of life, and to convert migraine from chronic to episodic.
About one in four patients do not respond; one in four respond well to the first or second set of injections, and half need more than two sets of injections to get a good response. Studies show show that 47% of patients had a 50% or greater reduction in the number of days with headache.
The biological effect of botulinum toxin on nerves takes several days or a few weeks to work. You should not expect chronic migraine to improve properly in less than 4 weeks. Some patients do not start to improve until after their second set of injections which is given 12 weeks after the first set of injections.National migraine center
1 in 4 patients do Not respond. Which would be me last time. And why every neuro since believes I won’t again. Other take time… and that is the category I might be in since I only ever did one round of noresponse. Anyway 47% get a 50% reduction in the number of migraine days. That impresses me. Hell at this point I would take a significant reduction in intensity.