Needless to say I wish we hadn't spent $2,000 on a treatment that didn't really change anything, but other than that I think it was wise to try the injections. Here's why:
- Receiving the treatment from a knowledgeable, well trained physician minimized the risks. The neurologist who did my injections learned the protocol he uses from Dr. Roger Cady in Springfield, Mo., a nationally recognized headache expert.
- While it's true that Botox is poison and the idea of having poison injected into one's face and neck is rather unpleasant, I'm not sure it's much different than taking prescription medications every day. No medication is harmless and there are many unknowns about the newer medications I still have available to try after not having good results with the older preventatives.
- Research supports the idea that Botox could be effective for my type of migraine attacks. (Botox May Prevent Some Migraines) My migraines are almost always of an imploding nature. The best way I can describe them is to say they feel like someone is driving a huge spike into my left eye. Some preliminary research determined that people who experience this imploding type of migraine may benefit from Botox injections.
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Content by Diana E. Lee.DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.