Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Never say never

Today I made an appointment to do something I swore I would never, never do. I'm getting B.otox injections into my forehead.

But . . .

I'm getting them to stop migraines, not to get rid of wrinkles.


My mom offered to pay for a round of injections for me and my sister since we both get pretty debilitating migraines. I've always sworn that I'd never allow someone to inject neurotoxins into my head, not even to get rid of migraines. But after spending four days last week in pain, I decided to take my mom up on her offer.

I had an appointment today with my neurologist, and I asked him about B.otox. He said that patients have had great success with it, and that he'd far rather have his patients get the injections than have to take medicine to prevent and stop the migraines. After we finished with my appointment, he took me down the hall to meet the doctor in his practice who does the injections. She's going to order the B.otox and then schedule my appointment when the stuff comes in.

When I told my neighbor, she rolled her eyes and said, "Whatever," like I'm using my migraines as an excuse to have B.otox. But when I pointed out that I am just about the least vain person in the world - I don't wear make-up on a daily basis, I don't color my hair despite the growing amount of gray, I spend most of my time in jeans and t-shirts - she said she believed me. Besides, I hate having shots with a passion, and I've heard that these injections HURT.

In a week or two I'll have a smooth forehead, and I won't be able to lift my eyebrows. But I also might be able to go several months without being in bed with a migraine. And that's worth the pain of the injections and the teasing I might have to endure.


Ann Imig said...

Good luck, and I really hope it works.

I've been having my first experience with chronic pain and it is pretty debilitating. I'm getting an epidural on Friday.

Nice ladies luncheon talk we have hear (shakes head)

Dee at Pedestrian Palate said...

As a fellow migraine sufferer, I get why you would try this treatment. If a side effect of the treatment is a taut, frozen forehead, then BONUS!

Cookie said...

Wow! I get migraines too and I've never heard of B.tox to help them. I may have to ask at my next neurologist appt. I hate taking so many meds.

Seamus O'Pine said...

Bwah ha ha! You KNOW I'll be ribbing you about this, right?

But look on the bright side, at least now your kids won't be able to raise your eyebrows.


calicobebop said...

Wow - I had no idea that Botox could help with migraines! Best of luck!

Unknown said...

oh i hope it works!!!

Suna Kendall said...

I also hope the shot works! It is hard to be a good parent in bad pain.

I have been swamped at work and so behind on blogs, so I just caught up with yours. I really enjoyed all the Halloween drama!

Shelly said...

I really hope it helps!

And also, please, please post a before and after shot!

Baino said...

I'm very fortunate in that I don't get headaches let alone migraines but I know many who do. Whatever works I say and if there's a beauty benefit in the pain well half your luck! I have a friend who suffered a very slight palsy in her eye and she has them regularly to 'firm up' the skin around one eye, works like a charm.

Wendi said...

Why do you write it "B.otox"? Is that the proper way to spell it?

And I can't wait to hear how it works.