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Botox injections & Success Rate?? And Midrin Experience Please Share

Hi all. I'm at my wits end. After many decades of migraines, I've run out of abortives that work on me. Last month I woke up with a headache on a Tuesday morning that turned into migraine by the afternoon and the Sprixx nasal spray I had been using and was working to some degree has been stopped being manufactured so I was out of any sort of an abortive! So my migraine lasted for over 4 days but then turned into a cluster headache that did not end for about 2 weeks!! It was utter hell. Even puking brought no relief when it usually brings some! I cannot take any form of Triptans. I'm already on a high'sh dose of 2 narcotics for chronic widespread pain due to other health issues-I do not take extra narcotics when I get a migraine b/c it tends not to help, rather it can give me a rebound headache instead!!!

So now I've been given Midrin. From what I've just read I guess im lucky to have been able to get it filled. The articles made it sound like it was no longer on the market but my pharmacy was able to order Midrin with no problem. Is Midrin pretty successful at stopping most peoples' migraines? What are its side effects?
Getting to my other main question: are the Botox injections painful? On average how many injections are done in the head and neck? What is the average/general success rate? I thought I read somewhere it was 65% successfull. But I could be totally wrong! Lol.

I'd love to hear from anyone who has gone thru the Botox injections and hear their opinions and their experience. Do they inject it in your face area too? Does it burn?

Also-anyone who has taken or takes Midrin-I'd love to know how it has worked or not worked for them. Side effects,etc...

Thanks for any help you can give!! This Fall I plan on getting in to see a neurologist/headache specialist at John Hopkins Hosp. Having numerous health issues I have to prioritize which issue I deal with in what order and unfortunately my migraines have had to take the backseat but hopefully after I get one more surgery under my belt for something else-I can make my migraines a top
Priority where they belong. Right now I'm trying to suck up
All the info I can like a sponge! Lol the best patient is a well educated patient! Thanks again!!

  1. Botox doesn't burn for me, but the needles themselves hurt when I get jabbed in my skull. I think it all depends on how careful your doctor is. I've had three different people do it and my regular doctor is a bit "jabby". I get maybe around 30 injections or so. I'm still on the fence as to whether it is worth it.

    1. The average number of injections is 31, and while the Botox doesn't burn, the needles can sting a bit. They inject on the forehead and near the eyebrows, but nowhere else on the face.
      I've had 2 sets of injections with no results. I'm tempted to forego further treatments but my doc feels that 3 is a fair trial.

      1. I am having my 3rd round of Botox next week. After the first set, the number of migraines cut in half. The last round I had much fewer migraine..... Greater than 15 pain days a month to 4 to 5. The pain was much less and my imitrex started working again. The Botox needles do sting but only for a short time. Botox has given me my life back!

        1. Hi 😀 I'm new here and am in the process of looking into Botox treatments for my chronic migraines.

          I do, however, have experience with Midrin. It was taken off the market a few years ago by the FDA but has since been put back on the market. I use it as an abortive and it really helps me alot. When I get a migraine of a pain level of 4 out of 10 or more, I take 2 of them. If they haven't worked within an hour I take one more. Typically the first dose and 1 additional pill will alleviate my migraine. Only a couple of times over the past year and a half have I had to take a 3rd single pill dose to get rid of the headache.

          Still looking into Botox as I absolutely hate being on 2,500 mg of Depakote ER/day to take my migraines down from 20 - 25/month to 5 or 6 month.

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