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Getting Tired

Just looking for any fellow Migraine sufferer that has tried Botox injections. I have tried many preventative drugs, and have had Botox injections now for over a year. I do not see any improvement. I am due for my next round of Botox in two weeks, and I am not sure that I want to get them. I was so hopeful that Botox was going to help reduce my migraines. I am running low on hope. It has been 18 years since my first Migraine. My neurologist said a high percent of women have reduced or no migraines after menopause. Well, after waiting all these years and finally going through it, I am getting a sinking feeling as my migraines are getting worse! Zomig has saved my life, but I don’t want to depend on that, as I am getting older (55) and have stroke and heart disease in my family.
My family tries to understand but as I look to the future, I do not want to be physically unable to do the things I want in retirement!

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  • Judy H
    5 years ago

    Trisha,
    I too am skeptical about whether or not Botox really works. I am 57, and have tried dozens of preventive prescriptions and prescriptions to abort migraines since I was 34. Most either don’t work at all or work for awhile and then I have to switch to something else.

    I have been on Botox for over a year. My specialist says that Botox works more effectively after you have been on it for awhile. I have had it 5 or 6 times now & he has begun to increase the dosage! The jury is still out for me as to whether they really help. My specialist also claims that Botox helps the preventive meds work better. Recently I have had to stop all preventive meds because they have begun to give me heart palpitations. So I have begun looking for other ways to undermine the migraines.

    I have had some luck with the Cefaly device, although Canada is not shipping them to the US for the time being and to purchase in the US you need a prescription. I also like LifeFlo brand Magnesium oil. It’s greasy & sticky, so I add it to bath water and soak for 20-30 minutes for absorption. Somehow the tub does not have an oil slick in it when I finish like with some body oil products. I just recently heard (from a blog) that TruDenta helps people who have migraines aggravated by TMJ. I recently found a specialist who examined me and has outlined a TruDenta treatment plan for me. Apparently it evolved from sports medicine. See http://www.professionalsmiles.com/images/15066%20TruDenta_Brochure.pdf

    I am optimistic about TruDenta helping me. I hope you can find relief.

    Up to now, my migraine journey has been a roller coaster ride of quacks, doctors who help for a while, but run out of new tricks to try, so it is on to another specialist. Sometimes a practice refuses to try something that you would like to investigate, perhaps because their director has perfected a surgical technique – meaning that they don’t want to try something that could stand in the way of future patients flocking to them for their surgical magic.

    I urge you to investigate TruDenta to see if it could help you. I searched for TruDenta plus my geographical location. Specialists are in many states.

    Re: DHE – I have used it successfully for some 10 years or more, then it became ineffective, plus my insurance hassled me about paying for it.

    Good luck to you,
    Judy H

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    Trisha,
    So sorry that Botox hasn’t been working for you. I always tell people to try it at least 3 times before you decide to stop. Everyone responds differently and once your body gets used to it, it can start to make improvements months after you first started it.

    It sounds like you’ve done it at least 3 times. Maybe ask your doctor their opinion? You could skip this next time, keep a migraine journal to see if the Migraines get worse when you stop Botox? Sometimes changes can be subtle. Of course, go to your appointment and talk to your doctor.

    I also can understand your frustration. There are so many medications and combinations, it can take a while to figure out what works for you.

    If you are worried about taking too many triptans, DHE is also used more frequently as an abortive.

    Here are some articles that might help you prep for your appointment. Maybe you’ll see something that you want to try that’s new and different.

    http://migraine.com/migraine-treatment/natural-remedies/

    http://migraine.com/pro/preventative-treatment-for-migraine-overview-and-approach/

    http://migraine.com/migraine-treatment/dhe-45-for-migraine-headaches/

    Wishing you the best!
    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

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