Botox and the Superstitions of Chronic Illness is my first post on Migraine.com, which I’ve joined as a patient advocate. In the post, I describe the pros and cons of Botox and my decision to get the injections today.
I have just returned from the doctor’s office and do not have a horrendous migraine from the injections, which was one of my big worries. I had a migraine going in, so I took a Midrin about 30 minutes before the injections and a Maxalt melt right after. I hope I’ve circumvented the post-Botox migraine.
My headache specialist’s physician assistant did the injections today. He has chronic migraine that is completely under control with Botox. Before Botox, he took nortriptyline and still had one severe and two moderate migraines each week. Now he is migraine free as long as he gets Botox every six months. He has had a total of 28 rounds of injections and has been side effect-free. That’s some powerful anecdotal evidence.
The physician assistant said it takes between a week and a month to see if Botox is helpful for a patient, though most people see results by 10 days after the injection date. My fingers are crossed that I’m one of the lucky ones.