I just wanted to let some readers out there know, that if you have been diagnosed with Chronic Migraine you may qualify for a discount and or reimbursement of a deductible for Botox injections. See this website to see if you qualify! https://www.botoxchronicmigraine.com/botox-coverage-costs
So, I’m nearly 3 months into my Botox shots and I have to say that I’ve seen an improvement with my pain. I still have other migraine symptoms. However, the pain has been much less!
About 3 weeks ago my neurologist was looking at the migraine diary that I’ve been doing with a study for Amgen on Chronic Migraine. I found this out through Migraine.com. Check them out and subscribe for more information! Anyhow, she saw how many migraines I have had in the last two months and decided I was a candidate for Aimovig!
I had to fill out a bunch of paperwork at the neurologist office. They gave me a brief overview of how I would be injecting into myself. I got a letter in the mail about a week later.
So, I’m getting my first two doses for free! A few days after that I received a nice little booklet from the Amgen.
A week later I received a red sharps disposable can. I have to throw out the injectors into this sharps container, and then when it’s full send it back to the company who provided it.
On Saturday I received my first dose of medicine for free. I’ll receive my second dose for free while I’m waiting for my insurance company to pre-approve it. If my insurance doesn’t approve it, I’ve read it’s about $580.00 a dose! I read in the letter that came with my medicine that I could apply for a savings program. Which you can find here if you have been prescribed this medicine! https://www.aimovig.com/sign-up/ .
The medicine needs to be refrigerated. Last night I finally sucked it up and gave myself the injection. I *think* I did it correctly. I hope I did it correctly. I’ve watched some YouTube videos on how to do it and other people’s experience with it. I’ve read that it takes a full 24 hours before it really starts working.
I will keep you posted!
So, I had Botox for my migraines two months ago and it seems to be helping, in most areas. I had asked my dentist about the botox for grinding my teeth and she said it wouldn’t help, but then I see that it IS supposed to help with jaw clenching, which I do! So, the next time I go, I’m going to ask about getting help with that. I have a dental appliance to help my teeth, but it doesn’t stop me from clenching my jaw. Has anyone else had experience with Botox helping with their jaw clenching? Please let me know!!! Please feel free to leave comments on my comments page!
However, my dog got skunked earlier this week, and quite frankly I’m not sure there was anything that could have prevented that migraine, which I’m still dealing with today on a much smaller scale. I’m able to work. I have had a migraine for 4 days, but my dog still smells! Although you have to get close to him to really smell it. Oy!!! I couldn’t get the smell out of my nose for at least two days. He’s always by my side when I have a migraine, but this was one of those instances where I was like….AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH get away from me!!!!!
So here I am at work today with sunglasses on, praying that what little pain I have will remain little!
Here is my poor dog, after being at the vet! He had to get a vaccine booster. He’s allergic to it, so this is my dog on Benadryl. It was like he was drunk all night. It’s sad and funny at the same time!
So, today is day 17 of my first Botox experience. I intended to write a day 10 article, but life got in the way. Day 10 is the day when you are supposed to see and feel some results. So, here are my results thus far.
I didn’t realize how much effort I was using to keep my eyes open. I have deep set eyes and as I age, it’s getting harder and harder to see without forcing my eyes open wider. That has gone away! Yay! I’ve had a total of 2 migraines. One right after my treatment, which I expected and another after a long stressful day. HOWEVER, the 2nd one, went away with plain Advil.
My WTF lines in my forehead are barely visible now. That’s cool. Rarely are there “good” side effects when you take a drug! My temples feel more relaxed than ever. I still have the bruise next to my eye. Yesterday I thought I was on the verge of getting a migraine all day. I took some Advil and after a few hours, it didn’t help. I had my Imitrex waiting for me and I was getting ready to take it. The pain was tolerable, but it was slowly increasing, and then it just went away.
So, I’m leaning towards saying that this is helping me so far. I will write another follow-up article to see if my progress continues and what happens when I get the second round of Botox. They said they could give me more if necessary, and I think I do need a little more above my right eye area, which is the area that always hurts the most when I get a migraine.
Exciting news for me! I was recently accepted to become part of a trial for a new medicine and the Michigan Headache and Neurological Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I will be going there on the 22nd of February for my first evaluation.
If you want to find out or participate in a study go to this page and find out more details and call them! The more research and treatment options we have the better!!! Make life better for people with Chronic Migraines!
Since MHNI categorized me as a Chronic patient I am going to be finding out what the process is to receive Botox and get it covered by my insurance. I will let you know what the process is and give you tips and see if it helps me and let me know if it helps you!
After my last 12-day migraine I’m willing to try anything to ease the pain and regain my life back!
If you suffer from Migraines help yourself while helping others!!!! VOLUNTEER!!!