Sorry that I forgot about my Butrans patch which has kept me out of the ER and let me do a little bit of walking around the outside of the house to do watering. That's something that would have sent me to the ER in the past.
This is the first time I've heard anyone talk about facet blocks for migraine pain and I've been frequently a variety of medical sites for a long time. I looked it up and see that are cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back) or lumbar (lower back) facet joint injections. Which area did you have it to help your migraines. I couldn't consider it with the steroids injected, but would like to know for my repetoire to help others.
Also I forgot to list that a Butrans patch has helped me tremendously, amongst all my other treatments.
And I'll also be interested in how many units of Botox you got.
Thanks for your responses which I very much appreciate.View Thread
Glad that the SET is helping you. Yes, insurance companies can make it difficult, but I think as time goes on, they are having more and more difficulty denying it.
It doesn't sound like you had great relief from the Botox. How many units were given to you? My first batch was 100 units which wasn't enough to help me at all. Now at 245 units, it gives me terrific relief. It's not successful by the number of sets you have done, but by the amount given to you. Ask your doctor how many units you got. I would be interested.
And after getting Botox for over 2 years, I suddenly had a batch that didn't work at all. The doctor admitted that occasionally when he was dividing up a batch amongst e.g. 3 people, they would all say that it hadn't worked which means that the batch was bad. He said that they had alarms on their refrigerators, but that he couldn't account for the condition of the medicine when it arrived at their clinic, so I always suggest that people give it at least 2 tries.
Another remedy that could help you since the SET is helping you, is nerve block and trigger point injections which loosen up the neck and shoulders. And it doesn't hurt nearly as much as the Botox injections do
My insurance company wouldn't cover my Botox injections either. We contested it to the insurance company and then to the State insurance commission who said that it was not "experimental" and that the insurance company had to reimburse me for past Botox injections plus any future ones.
The FDA approved Botox for migraines on October 15, 2010.
I think that you should revisit it with your insurance company as more and more people are contesting it, and your insurance company may have changed its approval of it. If not, send a complaint to your insurance company and reference the FDA's approval. Also ask your doctor about insurance approvals for it.
Also, have you tried nerve block or trigger point injections? They have also helped me a lot.
And don't forget about the Petadolex which helped me where none of the other medications helped me at all.
You deserve to be helped and not to suffer so much. I really wish you the best. SaraView Thread
You say that you have been on so many different medications, but only list a few. E.g. have you tried Topomax or any anti-depressants? Believe it or not, anti-depressants have pain relieving properties.
If you really have been tried on many meds, then if you have migraines at least 15 days a month and the meds haven't helped you, you should try Botox injections. That's what really helped my migraines when none of the meds worked. Except Petadolex, an herbal one, did help me as well. It's proven to help migraines by about 72% I believe.
On another site an engineer had found the cause of his wife's migraines coming from anything electronic. His wife did have some metal shunt or something in her body. When I asked if that could be the cause of my migraines, he said it was a possibility.
If I can find it, I will let you know more about what he said.
Yes, HRT has helped a couple of my friends with their migraines, but it can also cause migraines to become worse.
At least 15 a month?!?! Why haven't you been to a neurologist or better yet, a headache specialist. You should be tried on a daily preventative migraine medication to prevent migraines. If one doesn't work, they should try you on another one. Your doctors should have told you that taking any pain medication, even over the counter drugs at least 3 times a week or more, just causes rebound headaches which perpetuate the headaches.
There are many other treatments to try if the medication doesn't work. You have been to the wrong doctors to treat your headaches.View Thread