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Prayin2bpainfree
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   Posted 1/31/2013 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone had botox treatment for migraines and if it works how long does it last? My doc wants me to try it and is getting me into a neurologist.

lab01343
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   Posted 2/1/2013 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Next week I will be going for my 4th botox treatment. the last treatment lasted for about 2 months. The one before, only 1 1/2 months. Seems to become more effective after each treatment. For me, it has worked on the less painful migraines but has gone up the scale with each treatment.

My neuro has told me that it will eventually last the full 3 months after a while. It's even suppose to last longer once you have had a number of treatments.

If you had asked after the first one if I felt better I would have said no. That was until 1 month later when I realized that I could actually think clearly for a whole day. I was going 29 days in a month with some level of head pain and fog. Like I was completely disconnected from the world all the time. It make it hard to focus and do my job. When I actually stopped to evaluate the treatment after a few weeks I realized that there was some changes.

I'll admit that I wish it would tackle the big, long, off the pain scale migraines first, but I will actually take what improvement I can get. I now have head pain about 14 days a month and seem fully connected with the world around me.

Botox is not a miracle treatment - it does not takes all pain away immediately. It is a slow progress and seems to build up effectiveness with each treatment. if you try it, you have to be patience which can be difficult to do because of the cost.

Hopefully that helps.

Prayin2bpainfree
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   Posted 2/3/2013 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
:-) Thanks for the info. I heard it costs around $500.00 cdn for me that is...egad! Will see if there's any kind of coverage with my workplace...hmm...

lab01343
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   Posted 2/4/2013 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I was really lucky and got the whole thing is covered. We started at 150 units but have had to increase it to 250 units. It's covered for me every three months. The doc charges a $100 fee for the injection (not covered by OHIP).

good luck. I hope it's covered for you.

My Lovely
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   Posted 2/5/2013 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Ive been having botox for over a year. the 1st time it took me a month to kick in, the 2nd time it took 3 weeks and lasted longer, each time i have it it gets better and better, now lasting over 3 months. Its meant to be topped up every 3 months, but as time goes on u can as i have have longer periods inbetween

Hope it wokrs out for you
My lovely Suffers with:

Chronic Daily Migraine with Daily Visual Disturbance
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/M.E

lmmcgrath10
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   Posted 4/12/2013 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been getting Botox every 3 months for the past year or so - it's done great things for my migraines, especially with occipital injections (where most of my migraines start)! It may feel a bit odd for a couple of weeks, but the payoff is well worth it, in my humble opinion. :)

Also - have you looked in to getting your botox delivered to your neurologist through a mail order pharmacy? That's what my doc does and it reduces the amount we pay by a lot!

baximus
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   Posted 4/27/2013 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried the occipital nerve block and the botox treatments, neither of which were succesful in my case. (though I did have less wrinkles and trouble looking surprised for a few months), but I have heard they work miracles in others. Best of luck, and if it works, it will be worth every penny.

emmaleechase
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   Posted 12/24/2014 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I live in Canada (Ontario) andI am unclear about the coverage guidelines. It says "15 migraines/month" to be eligible. I don't get 15/month, but some of the attacks are several days, so they add up to 15/month.

Anyone else dealt with this issue for coverage?

Sunny13
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   Posted 12/25/2014 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
@emmaleechase--

I know here, in the US, it's not 15 "migraines" a month, it's 15 "days" with a migraine or more a month that matter for being eligible for the treatment. Ask your doctor for clarification of the guidelines.

"BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a prescription medicine that is injected to prevent headaches in adults with chronic migraine who have 15 or more days each month with headache lasting 4 or more hours each day in people 18 years or older." **Copied directly from the Botox for migraines company website.


@Prayin2bpainfree--

I have been getting the botox injections for about 2 years now, every 90 days. Don't go a day early or insurance will not cover. Must be minimum of 90 days.

They have been a miracle for me. Went from migraines about 28-29 days a month to usually 1-2 migraines a month, much less severe and lasting shorter time frames (although sometimes I still have a nasty flare up, bur definitely can see reasons for those (such as stress, dehydration, etc.)). I don't remember what the first few were like, but I have been told that generally it takes about 2 cycles of treatment, so 6 months or so before you really are getting good results.

Worth it? YES. For me, it has been a life saver. I have noticed that for me, it typically lasts about 2 1/2 months, so pretty good!! And even the migraines I get in the 2 weeks prior to a treatment are totally manageable, barely can even count them as migraines! Easily knocked out, and never get very intense anyway. I know it varies from person to person, but if insurance will cover it and/or you can afford it, I'd say there's no reason not to do it.

Only "side effect" I have is can't raise my eyebrows…so far, no one has told me I look weird or unnatural because of that. I don't really consider it a side effect, but thought I should at least let you know to expect that. I don't recall ever considering raising my eyebrows a very necessary or important part of my life, so….who cares??

Injections themselves are 31 teeny tiny pokes of a teeny tiny needle on your forehead, temples, scalp, and down your neck into the upper part of the shoulders. Takes only a couple of minutes to do the entire thing. Stings a bit for a minute or two, nothing bad at all. The first couple times they may have you wait a few minutes after the injections to be sure you don't have any problems, and then you just go about your day. No recovery time or crap like that. I can generally tell it's working w/in a few days.

Just be sure you go to a doc who does this often/this is their specialty. I also have my eyelids injected due to spasms, it's weird. I have never talked to anyone else who has that done, but to give you an idea of how small the needle is, it is tiny enough that it can be put into the eyelid and inject the botox without going all the way through to my eye!

Overall, not a big deal and well worth trying. Good luck!!
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DillyDellie
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   Posted 2/2/2018 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I have been using Botox for 2 years now. I have the injections around the base of my neck, back of head (ear to ear) cranium, above the brows and at start of scalp.

I am usually pain free between appointments (every 3 months), however, if I am under stress or have tensed up my shoulders / neck due to an activity (e.g. driving for long periods) I will have a flare up and am in excruciating pain for three days.

In the early treatments, it took a couple of weeks before the pain was gone and relief lasted a 1.5 - 2 months. With each treatment, relief lasts a little longer. After treatment four or five there is no or little pain between treatments.

I had tried the nerve blocker and had three whole days without pain...I am so glad I am on Botox! As for the cost, I pay less than five dollars, my work insurance company and provincial government health care cover $700. I did have to get a letter from my neurologist stating that I will require this as an ongoing basis.

I wish you luck and to be pain free!!!
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