My neurologist claims in his experience, he's seen the greatest number of results compared to daily pills, but I'm sure he's getting kickbacks, too.
Migraine Prevention - Has anyone taken Botox for migraines? How has your experience been with it?
Question posted by Supchick on 15 Dec 2021
Last updated on 22 February 2022 by Bonobomigraines
Doctor are no longer allowed (by law) to get kickbacks, Botox is the gold standard for those that have more than 15 migraines per month and have not had success with multiply other medications. It has been used for more than a decade and is now (usually with a bit of a fight sometimes) covered by insurance.
Yes, Botox helped me some, but nothing like acupuncture helped for my daily migraines which were often severe. Now a medication came out in the last couple years that has transformed my life with my migraine relief. It is Aimovig. You inject yourself monthly with it. It does take several months to know if it is really helping you and unfortunately it doesn't help everyone. When I began it, the manufacturer gave you two months free. You will want your insurance to cover it because it is costly, and even then it costs a lot. But it has changed my life.
The other thing that kept me from having to go to the ER about every 3 weeks when my migraines would be painful beyond tolerance. I could only vomit for hours. With wearing Buprenorphine patches, I never had to go to the ER again. They have opiates in them, but it is very safe as a patch vs. pills. Doctors are probably going to be hesitant to prescribe them to you depending on what State and medical community you live in. But if your case is severe enough, you might have a chance at getting them. Sure beats Botox injections too. :)
My migraines were so severe, caused by a stroke, that I need the patches plus something else. After my stroke, the migraine pain was severe 24/7--so bad, that I was nauseated constantly. I lost a third of my weight and had loose skin hanging off of me. So if these things above helped me, they could definitely help you. Let me know if you have any questions.
Hi! I've been doing the botox injections for about 2 yrs. now. They are not as severe as they use to be but I still get alot if headaches and every now and again, like now, I will have a migraine attack. I just had the botox injections in October. I did have a seizure last night so that could be my trigger for today's attack. But I would say for the most part it seems to have helped mine!!
The only side effects I get is my forehead will have little bruises, very little and it will be a little tender in those spots. But that's it!! I'll take it compared to a lot of the pill side effects any day!!!
Good luck to you!!
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