Botox - The Appointment Has Been Made

Monday 8 December 2014

Over the years, I have tried a countless number of treatments for my chronic headaches and migraines.  From different medications, chiropractic, physiotherapy, osteopathy, naturopathy, Chinese medicine & massage, acupuncture, acupressure, different diets & detoxes, vitamins & herbal remedies, hormonal treatments - and I'm almost positive there are a few other things that I've left out.

So far, nothing has worked!  Nothing has given me even a little bit of relief, and my frustration is getting worse and worse as I get older.  I've had all the tests and scans done, and it seems that because there is nothing  visibly causing the pain, doctors just don't want to have to deal with it - it's too much hard work.

In all honesty, I've become quite the pessimist when it comes to this.  I've stopped getting excited about new treatments, because I'm just plain tired of the disappointment when they don't work!  It's much easier on me emotionally, to just assume that nothing is going to work - that way there is no disappointment.

One of the latest treatments available these days, is Botox.  It is made available to people who suffer chronic migraines - so in other words, headaches occurring on 15 of more days per month, with at least half of those having "migrainous features".  I spoke to my doctor about trying it, as I am certainly eligible going by that description.  She agreed and has arranged a referral for me to see a neurologist about trying the injections.

The Botox is injected into various points around the head and neck, by a specialist who is trained in this particular treatment.  The results are quite hit and miss, from what I understand.  I have read stories of people who have had their lives changed by these injections, but then there are also many stories of others who have had little, or no results.

Of course, me being me, I'm going into this expecting nothing.  No expectations, equals no disappointment.  But I do hold out a tiny bit of hope, that maybe this will help in some way.

The appointment has been made for mid January, so I guess we'll just have to wait patiently and see!

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