Last time I saw my neurologist, she referred me to the botox clinic (since I’d already tried a bunch of meds for my migraines, and everything either worked for a while and then stopped working, made the migraines worse, or did nothing at all, except the topamax which has helped tremendously, but not enough, and I’ve made every lifestyle change I can make). Somehow, the idea of getting a bunch of injections in my head made me visualize myself doing an imitation of a hedgehog. Silly, of course. I was getting injections, not acupuncture. It’s just one needle injecting me several times, not several simultaneous injections.
So today I went for the injections. The botox clinic wasn’t actually a separate clinic; it was just one doctor in the neurology clinic who does the injections. He explained the whole procedure and the history of using botox for migraines, all of which I’d read about already, but I politely paid attention, and then he asked if I had any questions. I asked about my insurance coverage, i.e., how frequently they would pay. They had agreed to pay for today, but only for today, and he said the shots only lasted a few months. I would need to come back. He said their insurance person would work it out.
He asked if I had any other questions and I didn’t. He then said, “You didn’t ask if it hurts.” Huh. I guess it didn’t occur to me. I mean, they’re injections. I’ve had injections before. Some hurt more than others, but mostly, they’re really not that bad. A little bit of pain for a tiny instant, and then it’s over. Ok, I’ve never had that many shots all at once before, and I’ve never had them in my head before, but pain in my head? Oh, I’m used to that. Little tiny injections in my head can’t possibly compare to the pain I’m used to having in my head. So it just didn’t even occur to me to ask if it would hurt.
So I just said, “I guess I’ll find out.” Then he went on and on about what a tiny little needle he uses, smallest needle there is, blah blah blah. Um, yeah, ok. That’s nice.
So then he did the injections. 20-30 of them, in my forehead, the sides of my head, and the back of my neck. Can’t remember exactly how many. It didn’t take very long at all. It didn’t really hurt much. It just felt like tiny little pokes. No big deal.
It should take effect in 1-14 days. It may get rid of all of my migraines, or it may get rid of some of them, or it may lessen the severity of the ones I do get. Or it may not do squat. I’ll have to wait and see. But it’s got an 80% success rate, so here’s hoping. Wow, without migraines, I might actually have the energy to do stuff like a normal person. That would be really cool.