Botox for Migraines

or Bees, Now Available in Syringe Form!

February 13, 2013

You always remember your first…my first migraine was in middle school, 6th grade, after staring into a light board in technology class. I remember stumbling to the nurses office, throwing up in a tiny school issued trash can, and most likely having the nurse call my mom to come get me. I wasn’t properly diagnosed with migraines until I left college in 2006 when I visited DENT Neurologic Institute.

I tried a variety of medications, the usual cocktail of “triptan” type drugs, which at times took the edge off but didn’t provide full relief. Meds alone weren’t working and the next option was the needle. There are several options here and it all depends on what you’re willing to pay (sad face), what your insurance company is willing to pay (double sad face), and most importantly, what your doctor recommends.

Seriously, I’m not a doctor, I don’t even play one on TV, so you should talk to a real MD before considering shooting paralytics into your skull.

I didn’t do much (read: any) research before my visit for the injections because I didn’t want to freak myself out. I only knew there would be 31 injections done in approximately this pattern.

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As I sat waiting for the injections that imagine was the only thing I could think of.

“Ready? 3…2…1…”

OH MY LORD OUCH. It hurt. Anyone who says different is lying. And it continued to hurt. First there is the relatively tiny jab of the needle followed be a bee sting sensation of the Botox. And so it continued. Jab jab jab, 31 times, 31 little bee stings. Fun!

I was told I could operate as usual, wash my hair (some injections are in the hairline), apply makeup, go to yoga, etc. But as soon as I walked out of the tiny room of torture and saw my boyfriend waiting for me, I cried. So instead of yoga I went to McDonald’s and got a shamrock shake.

Other notes from the doctor:
• The first treatment is the least effective with the second and third becoming more so
• I’d notice “changes” around the fifth day, including being unable to furrow my eyebrows

Well I’m on day four right now and I haven’t had a migraine. I’m sore at one or two injection sites near my left temple and my eyebrows still seem to be working, but they feel…lazy and tight(?)

I’ll continue to update with progress and should someone stumble upon my blog with questions about migraine hell please ask!

Update:

It’s been just shy of two weeks now and I have yet to have a migraine but I have had headaches maybe 3 or 4 times but they’ve been manageable and I haven’t had to take Maxalt for them. The only side effect is that my left eyebrow is completely immobile while my right eyebrow moves when I try to make a “shock” face. (Picture The Rock doing “the people’s eyebrow”)  This is of great amusement to friends and family.

 

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