Just shy of a year ago, I wrote a story about my ordeal with migraines which served to spread awareness on migraines and hopefully find someone out there who had found a solution to all this pain. I can say I accomplished the first, the latter not so much.
From the time of that article (June 2015) till last week, the migraines had become worse. More than worse. Inexplicable pain had become a daily affair. The good days became fewer and fewer.
On my pain scale of 0 — no pain, to 10 — mother of all pain, this past year I have averaged an 8. My best day was a 5. My worst day was an 11, that had me rolling on the floor wriggling in pain, not knowing what to do.
Sidebar: In 2014 December, I’d gone to India for the same Botox procedure because at the time we couldn’t find anyone locally who could carry it out. It gave me 2 months of pain free days. It is meant to be repeated but it just wasn’t financially viable, considering insurance did not cover it.
To explain this Botox procedure: You get 31 injections at different, very specific points around your head. The theory is that Botox works by blocking the release of certain chemicals and the movement of certain nerves and muscles.
The Botox treatment only works for those with chronic migraines — people who experience more than 15 days of migraines a month
It has a 50/50 percent chance on working so it’s not guaranteed
It only works for a period of time then you have to do it again or the migraines are back
The whole procedure takes under an hour depending on how the patient responds to the pain of the injections
Botox is not a cure per se, consider it medication that just lasts long. Yes I know I have to repeat the Botox every 3 months and that will cost quite a bit of money. But as long as I can keep buying an extra 3 to 4 months of zero or very little pain, I will make sure I’m always on time. Ignoring that means chronic migraines, and no, we don’t want that.
So if you suffer from chronic migraines, I urge you to give Botox a try. It may or may not work, but when you’ve been living in pain for so long, it doesn’t hurt to try.
NB: I would like to state that migraines still have no cure.
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