Your history sounds like mine, I get migraines just about every day too. My quality of life is pitiful but I'm still trying to find answers. I wanted to say in responsevtomyiurvpostbthat I have tried Botox injections. I had 2 rounds, 3 mo apart. The 1st set of injections cut the severity down and the length of hrs they lasted in a 24 hrs period. I had as many but the quality of my life was so much better. I could even make plans and as you know that's huge! However the 2nd round didn't work very well and actually were presenting with strange sensations so I didn't get anymore. I would pray through my fears and go try the Botox at least once. I still may attempt it again but have to say for 3 months the migraines were better. The injections are a piece of cake and it's over very quickly compared to the horrible constant pain of migraines. I'd try the Botox!View Thread
First I want to say that since you posted, lance Armstrong has been found guilty for enhancement drugs. And with that said he obviously couldn't endure even his "cycling" pain. Yes you are right, no one understands this pain unless they've literally walked in our shoes, or better said laid on our couch.
I've had chronic migraines for 30 years and like most on this site, I've ended up at last house on the block - Botox. I documented for 3 mos. 1-10 on severity and how long they lasted. All the while taking imetrix injection, way more than recommended but to function.
I presented this diary to Neuro, (31 free days in 3 mo) was approved by Medicare and 2 weeks later I had my first round of Botox. This 1st round they seem to be better, less intense and less frequent even tho I still had only 37 free of migraines in 3 months, but I was willing to do it again. That was 8/13/12
My forehead was in a permanent frown position for the 3 months and now have deep frown marks as the result of round if Botox. However I felt they helped enough to do it again. So 3 mo later in 11/13I had another set of Injections. This time he injected my forehead higher in hopes to reduce the frown expression. And it did but the headaches effect was poor.
I am to go back 2/14 but can't decide to go through this again. I not only have headaches pretty much everyday again the Neuro won't allow me the amount of Imetrix that my insurance allows. His nurse said they'd not be able to show they are improving if I'm taking the same amount of medicine. That's when I told her "the Botox was not helping this time!! ".
Today 1/26/14, my temples are tender and tingle. This is where 2 1/2 mo ago had injections, also pain in my neck on right side is tight. I am almost afraid to keep getting them, if the Dr won't give me the emergency injections and/or pills in the Interim. I'm willing to talk to the Neuro and see what he says but this gets very depressing and very old.View Thread
The opinions expressed in WebMD Communities are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. Communities are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.
Do not consider Communities as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.