Usually, Monday - Friday I am at work and then laid up on the couch. Being under a computer and under florescent lights all day really wreak havoc on my head. I don't have the energy to work out, nor did I feel like doing so with a pounding headache. Most, if anything, of what I did was on the weekend, and I was almost always home by 8pm, because I couldn't take being out much past that.
I've tried so many supplements, medications, and therapies, to include chiropractic care and physical therapy. Some of it worked, and then tapered off, some things didn't work at all, and some worked, but had crazy side effects, such as insomnia, numbness in my body, and night terrors (that was fun). I was pretty hopeless about everything, to be honest. Other than work, I could accomplish much throughout the week, and I was tired of it.
My doctor found out that someone at the clinic was certified to give Botox injections for pain management (and we are talking military facilities here, so nothing fancy is usually available), and thought that I would be a perfect candidate for it. Me, the girl who has the lowest pain threshold ever and a slight phobia of needles? Me??? But, she said that the trials shows an average decrease in headaches to be about 9 days a month. An average of a third of the month headache free? I was willing to try about anything at this point.
So, I scheduled my appointment, and went in. Apparently, this is only the second clinic in the Air Force to do these, so it was very fortuitous that this doctor was here. I signed a bunch of waivers, and prepared for the procedure. It was a total of 31 injections in my face, temples, neck, and shoulders. They were tiny little needles, but I'm not going to lie...I felt every one of them. Especially the ones in my face and temples. Major ouch. It took about an hour total, but I asked for a few breaks in between the injections. I was told that I could have little bumpy blotches that could last for up to two hours, and I of course imagined I would look like Taylor from RHOBH.
I did not, thank goodness. I don't know if it's because I didn't make crazy faces like you would for the cosmetic process, but all I had was a little swelling and little holes of blood from it, which were barely noticeable, and they went away by the morning.
|Excuse how pale and terrible my face looks. It was a crazy process.|
Would I? If I were to give a final answer today, it would be absolutely. I have not had a headache at all in two days. TWO DAYS! I feel like this was a miracle, and the relief I feel is slowly making my body recover from the years of craziness. I know it's not guaranteed to never cause me a headache, but honestly, even if it is just the nine less days a month, that's nine days of my life I'll get back. Nine days where I'm not popping Excedrin like candy. It's amazing. Sure, my shoulder muscles are still a little sore, and I have "awareness" of my forehead (although it didn't get rid of my massive forehead wrinkle), but I do not have a headache today. And that is a miracle in and of itself.