I've had migraines since I was 18, and they became chronic and much more severe when I was about 24 (I'm 27 now). I began seeing a neurologist regularly, tried all the usual preventative meds, and finally Botox. The Botox worked AMAZINGLY for the first 5-6 rounds of injections. By the 7th round of injections, it stopped working about 2 weeks after. By the 8th round, it was working even less. After the 9th round my doctor suggested we stop because it was no longer helping me. My question is: Could it start working again in the future? My doctor said it stops working because the body builds antibodies to the Botox... I'm wondering if anyone has stopped injections and then tried again after, say, 2 years break?
I was no longer able to get the Botox which significantly helped me. But then I got acupuncture which has helped me far more than the Botox did. Look for an acupuncture place that has "Community" in the title. They charge about $20-$40 a session. If you don't see results from getting them twice a week for a couple weeks, then find another acupuncturist. The first acupuncturist I saw didn't help me at all.
Paracetamol or aspirin works well for many migraine attacks. Take a dose as early as possible after symptoms begin. If you take painkillers early enough, they often reduce the severity of the headache, or stop it completely. A lot of people do not take a painkiller until a headache becomes really bad. This is often too late for the painkiller to work well.
I know this is an older post but, was curious as someone who has done Botox injections for years, if you ever did them again and if they worked?
It's funny bc I've had 3 different neurologists tell me they don't think you can build up any sort of tolerance to Botox bc of it being a neurotoxin it and some other reasons. That some times they have patients whos treatments will work wonderfully for a few month, not so great a month then great another month. I never know what to think about my own and that's why I am asking. It definitely helps or I wouldn't get 40 injections but, it's not a fix that's for sure.
I certainly wish as a previous poster recommend, that Tylenol or ANY over the counter medications worked when I had a migraine. Not a chance!
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