Ouch, That Stings.

I had my first series of Botox injections and survived. It will be a few weeks before I know how much it helps.

Note the positive tone there. I don’t know what we can do next if it doesn’t help.

It hurt.

I’m no baby when it comes to pain, and I managed fine. Still, I will not be bringing my personal photographer (aka my daughter) to document the experience. According to my husband, my grimace will hurt her as much as the injections hurt me. They are brief, and over quickly. Dr. P. said the forehead is the worst for most people, but I vote right side. Apparently I’m a bit tense and I need to loosen up my neck and shoulders, so those injections hurt a bit more than usual.

I wonder if tension is worsening my headaches? I’ll work on that.

No serious side effects. For the first few hours I had  brief stinging sensations in some of the injection sites, but the discomfort was minimal. My pain level has been greater today and I have a few sore spots. Especially on the right temple.

So I think we need an I survived botox bumper sticker (or web banner.) It needs to be mildly cryptic so people will puzzle over what it means, like the marathon sticker. Here’s my go at making one:

Botox bumper sticker


Happy coping to you all!

4 thoughts on “Ouch, That Stings.

  1. Art says:

    Sorry I’ve been out of routine and not paying attention to your blog. I’m glad I could go back and read your thoughts. It’s amazing how much you don’t tell me, though I understand why you don’t.

    I like your graphic. Let’s put it on the van. And your backpack.

    You will be better one day. Whether pain free or coping, you will be better.

  2. Otter says:

    Thank you my love. On the blog I analyze and share my experiences. It’s easier when it’s less personal and I like to think it will help someone, or at least distract someone from their own pains. With you i try not to focus on the headache. We have more fun that way!

  3. stillstrange says:

    I am waiting for the auth to go through to start Botox for my headaches. I am in the same boat you are/were. Headaches every day. It’s good to read your blog about the pain. It’s a bit scary going in and wondering just how that is going to work.

  4. Otter says:

    I hope the Botox helps you. Just be patient, it will take a few weeks to notice any results. My doctor said it can take a few treatments before you see the full benefits. Also, I’m in the minority when it comes to my adverse reactions to the injections. Most people experience very little discomfort with the injections.

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