Monday, August 14, 2006

it's time to try Botox

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I've decided to try Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) injections. After last week, I've determined that I simply don't want to make another move without at least giving it a shot.

I'm extremely hopeful that I can get my insurance company to cover them because I got it approved while I was still seeing my last neurologist. Unfortunately, that clinic would not order the vial of Botox for me - I had to do that myself and bring it in. The catch? My insurance provider would not pay anything for the medication under those circumstances, only the doctor's fees. So, fingers crossed, I hope my current clinic will make it work for me by ordering the medication themselves.

My former neurologist said he considered me an extremely good candidate for the injections. He speculated that there was an 80% chance I would benefit from them. And a large study of the effectiveness of botox injections for headache patients found that similarly large numbers of patients benefited from the treatment.

If you're looking for more information on this topic, here are some links to explore:

Poison your migraine? Botox injections for use in migraine prevention.
Medications: Botox: Not just for faces
How Botox can knock a migraine on the head
Chronic Migraine Patients May Find Relief In Botox Therapy

Do any of you have experiences with Botox injections, good or bad, that you would care to share? Feel free to comment or e-mail me. I'd love to hear from you.

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