The soreness from the shots has faded away, and the monstrous headache it triggered seems to be dying down.
I wouldn’t say I’m quite back to my pre-botox pain level, but I’m getting there.
The toughest part of this treatment is it’s inability to meet the expectations of those around me. I am well aware that it will be weeks before I know if there is any change, and maybe longer before I know if the treatment will help enough. I’ve been dealing with this headache long enough to know there is no quick cure.
My friends on the other hand, seem to long even more than me for that magical pill that will end the headache. Who am I to argue against their reasoning?
I long to be able to tell everyone that I am well,
To join in with the jogging,
To go to a concert,
To schedule things without fear of cancelling last minute.
I found this article from Medical News Today quite interesting. Although it addresses cluster headache not my specific headache, whatever that diagnosis may turn out to be, any news of new treatment options is good news.
I considered having a neurostimulator implanted last year. My insurance denied the claim and I couldn’t afford to proceed. This smaller device implanted orally would make that type of treatment both easier and less expensive.
It hasn’t been approved for use in the U.S. yet. Hopefully they will have few road blocks on the way to approval and their success will inspire others to push for research in this type of headache treatment.