Botox Diary: Second Treatment

Friday 19 June 2015

Back in March, I posted about my first Botox treatment, and all that it entailed.  Now, being three months later, I have just had my second round of treatment this past week.  I wish I could say that since my last post on the subject, things have improved dramatically and that the results have started rolling in - but unfortunately, no such luck!

That's not to say it still won't happen, and I'm absolutely still holding on to that hope - positive thinking, right?

After the first treatment, I was asked by my neurologist to keep a "headache / migraine diary", which meant recording my pain levels three times each day, how many painkillers I took and how much relief they gave me, if any.  At my return appointment, that diary was then compared to the initial forms I filled out on my first visit, to determine whether there had been any significant improvement.  In this case, my pain levels had actually increased slightly from what they were initially - so unfortunately, there was no improvement to report.  I didn't really need the diary to tell me that, as I know exactly how rubbish I've been feeling, but never-the-less, I have been very diligent in writing down all the little details.

My doctor discussed these results (or lack thereof) with me, and assured me it is still early days, and that it is not unusual for many patients not to feel any benefits until the second or third treatment.  So he prepared the needles, and gave me another round of the dreaded thirty-two jabs.

I swore this time around I wouldn't cry, as I knew what to expect - but once those needles started hitting the nerves in the back of my head, I just couldn't hold it in any longer.  The tears started streaming, and I was so embarrassed, feeling like such a cry baby!

It's been a week today, and still I have had no improvement.  As it is today, here's where I am:

  • Feeling tightness in forehead
  • Neck and base of skull feeling very sore and tense
  • No pain relief as yet
  • Headache still constant and pain levels still high

It's so hard not to feel defeated by the lack of results, but I'm trying my best to think positively and remain hopeful that the results are still to come.  Even if not before another treatment session.

Here's hoping my next diary post will be a much more positive one! x

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