Sunday, June 17, 2012

Botox Bantering

It’s been almost two weeks since I had my first Botox treatments. The experience has been very different than I expected.

The office visit was unremarkable. It was actually a very quick visit and probably one of the fastest I’ve had in a very long time. We knew if the Botox was approved that this would be the course of action I would receive this appointment.

The needles were very small. Throughout the Botox shots, the doctor and I bantered nonsense back and forth. I even told him that this bantering was supposed to keep my mind off of the process he was doing. He chuckled. To me, the shots were nothing especially since when I was younger, I was stung by more bees at one time than the number of shots of Botox I got.

The first side effect I had went away pretty quickly. My front teeth and the tip of my tongue went a little numb. That never returned after the first day. I have been getting more ice pick headaches; I really haven't had any in a very long time before this treatment.

The biggest side effect I’ve gotten is neck and shoulder pain. I felt like my neck ran a marathon. I don’t think it had to do with the actual shots as my forehead and the sides of my head didn’t bother me like this at all. Typically your neck will receive about ten different shots and the shoulders will get about six; three on each side. The injected muscles are supposed to no longer contract or spasm which is one of the ways Botox is supposed to work.

My neck was fine for the first couple of days, but after that, the muscles were like they were sore from not being used in a while; kind of like your muscles feel at the beginning a sports season when you first start working out again. I don’t know if it was different muscles taking over for the ones that no longer contract, but that’s what it felt like to me.

The other weird sensation I had is that I my forehead felt like it was "after" sunburn. What I mean by that is it didn’t hurt like sunburn, but like after you have sunburn, your skin feels kind of funny and feels like it moves funky too. It kind of feels like it’s not really your skin, but it is. I hope that makes sense. I'm just glad my eyebrows still move! :^) The sore neck and "after" sunburn forehead feelings have mostly gone away.

It’s still a little early to tell how it's going to effect my Migraines and it’s only the first round of Botox. I want to remain optimistic that it will help. I really hope so.

More to come…

1 comment:

Shavonda Duarte said...

I have friends who went through Botox treatment as well and it really worked on them. There’s no harm in trying other medications. What’s important is that you find the one that will certainly help you to end your migraine problem.