I wanted to let you all know how it went. . . so if you haven’t been following me, here is the scoop: I have been having weekly migraines for over 3 months now and it has gotten so bad, I have become desperate to try anything. I asked my wonderful neurologist (he is my doctor and mentor also) to get Botox treatment. Botox is not yet FDA approved for migraine treatment but there is plenty of evidence that says Botox works to reduce migraines (I want to be a neurologist so I read neurology stuff, especially anything to due with headaches).
Well on Thursday I got the treatment. It was extremely painful which I didn’t really expect. Botox is injected into the muscle, so the needle has to go deep. PLUS it hurts when the actual botox was injected into the muscle. He decided on 14 injection sites: 4 on my forehead, 4 on the back of my neck, and 3 on each side of my head on my scalp above my ears. Each place was painful but the forehead and neck were a lot worse than the sides. It was all I could do not to kick him away while he was injecting me!
Later that day I felt nauseated and exhausted. Some people get flu like symptoms for up to a week. I slept all Thursday afternoon and remained home Friday sleeping late and lounging around all day. My head is still very tender and when I raise my eyebrows, my forehead feels tender and kind of tight. Overall, I just feel tired and nasty, but hopefully it is all worth it!
My neurologist said it should be fully effective in a week so I should know quickly since I have been having at least 1 migraine a week for the last 3 months, with only 2 weeks migraine free.