This is an archived posting from my previous website “Chips Antidotal Wanderings” – a personal blog about family, creative moments, and pain management activities in my life. That blog was active from 2004-2011.

BOTOX for Migraines

Another little update for those who have been asking.

The BOTOX came in at the pharmacy (no charge to me) Yippy! And I had the injections yesterday afternoon! (No news on insurance approval for that part yet.) Now, we wait again. But unlike most the other meds they have had me on over the years, I won’t have to wait the usual 6-8 weeks before evaluating the success. We’ll probably see results much earlier. Doc says I may see improvement in the very first week. It will be at it’s peak by the 3rd week. So hopefully by my birthday I’ll have more migraine-free days and much fewer moments in the darkness with tears. Wahoo!

Counting the Migraines

Here’s my current 12-month progress chart… I’m not so sure progress is the right word. It’s probably more correct to say, here are some YUCKY migraine charts.  Using them as the starting point to gauge what will hopefully be improvement.

You can click on the picture to get a larger view of the graphs. Red Star days are those without a migraine. Rarely do they end up being one day after the next. As you can see our goal all along as been for my body to grant me the pleasure of 10 or fewer migraines a month. So if the BOTOX does the trick — I’ll have my life given back to me!

But I’ll take what I can get. No lie, I’ll be happy if I can get even 5 days IN A ROW free of pain. I will gladly pay $1,500 to experience that! I haven’t had more than 3 days in a row, completely pain free, in almost 2 years. Just to see what it’s like again would be a most precious birthday gift! And a very welcomed reprieve!

Hoping you all are having wonder days!
~Cindy

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