Botox/migraines

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mercyme
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   Posted 2/7/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
 
  Have any of you tried botox for your migraines?  my neuroloigist ask me today, if I would like to give it a try, but I told him I would think about it.  I haven't read alot about it, and was wondering if anyone here has had the injections.  I have migraines frequently and nothing seems to really work.  I have tried imitrex, but it makes my chest tighten up and just can't take it.  the doctor gave me midrin this time, not sure if it will knock the pain out or not, we will have to wait and see.
 
  Blessings,
 
  Mercyme

kymark
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   Posted 2/7/2007 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried botox for the first time 5 weeks ago. I have chronic daily tension-type headaches, not migraines. The shots cost me $800 out of pocket (my insurance wouldn't cover it), but after 17+ years of these headaches, I figured it was worth a try. Unfortunately, it didn't do a thing for me, other than lighten my wallet considerably.

Having said that, the reason I tried the shots is that the scientific literature is pretty promising -- most people get at least some relief from botox. I guess I'm just special! I hope, in this regard at least, you aren't!!

Good luck,
Mark

kate2kate
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   Posted 2/7/2007 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   

Botox did not work for me either. But I have tried just about everything and nothing has worked. I also have a brain Tumor that they have not ruled out could be the cause of the headaches so I do not want to discourage you too much.

I am going to try accupuncture next.

Katie


mercyme
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   Posted 2/8/2007 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry to hear about your brain tumor, I had brain surgery in 2002 to remove scar tissue from the right side of my brain. I had seizures for over 25 years, and they finally found the area of the brain that was effected. I wish you a full recovery, I know it must be scarey.

I've pretty much come to the conclusion that I might have to live with things migraines, because nothing touches the pain. There's really not anything left for my neurologist to give me now. I worry about having a stroke when they are really bad, guess I worry to much. Please take care, keep us posted on your condition.

God Bless,

Mercyme/Cindy

AngMichelle
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   Posted 2/8/2007 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
MercyMe, have you tried DHE/Migranol? Its a good medication that works for a lot of people. You can get it IV, Nasal Spray, and shots at home. the most common use is the NS.

Just an Idea. Migraines are nooo fun.
DX-Migraines:Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome:Kidney stones: IBS:Ulcers:Depression/Anxiety:Non-Epileptic Seizures:Buldging Disc:Joint pain
 
Surgeries- two jaw surgeries, appendectomy, numerous lap. surgeries, cyst removal
 
Meds: Lexapro 20mg, Klonopin 1mg, Trazodone 50mg
(PRN- Imitrex INJ, Pherergan, Stadol NS, DiaStat, Rantidine, Zanaflex)
 
May God give you a reason to smile today, an extra reason to laugh, and bring joy to your soul.


mercyme
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   Posted 2/12/2007 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
My doctor has never metioned DHE/Migranol, right now I'm just taking midrin. I get migraines at least 2-3 times a week. I would like to find a job, but I fear that I wouldn't be able to hold down a job due to the headaches. thanks for you input I appreciate it.

Mercyme/Cindy

Smiley1
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   Posted 5/19/2007 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   

I love Botox!  Of course, it paralyzes muscles.   I have muscles in my forehead, temples and jaw done.  Not a cure, but a huge relief - fewer and less severe headaches.  With repeated treatments, I think muscles "forget" to tense up.   The ones in the back of my neck haven't hurt since a treatment a year ago.

Bonus - you don't have that nasty look on your face that comes with migraines.

 
In Canada, we pay $450 for the Rx and our Medicare pays for the Dr.  But I pay $125 for a Dr. thru a beauty salon because I did not like the first Dr who did it. 
 
Advice - only get a Dr to do it. 
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