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.
Do you put anything extra or buy water with extra ingredients to help with your migraines. They always tell us to drink plenty of water. So I drink a ton of water and then always buy some that has electrolytes in it. Lately I’ve been gagging down 20 drops of Trace Minerals added to my electrolyte water in the morning. It has a slight metallic taste to it. So I do it like a shot and then chase it with anything that tastes decent! It could be that I’m just having a good week, but I’ve been pretty decent this week since starting this. I got the Trace Minerals here.
I’m channeling my inner Chandler Bing here. I know that since I’ve become a mom, my indoor voice and outdoor voice are way louder than they used to be. However I know some people who are always just very loud. Whether it’s due to hearing loss or the fact that they too are just mother’s trying to be heard!!!! I get it!!! However, some days when I have a really bad migraine, I’d love to scream this! (but I can’t b/c it hurts too much!)
I think we have all done this, pretending your well. My standard answer is that I’m fine, even though I’m in pain. Now if it’s a two Imitrex and lay down migraine, I’m not pretending I’m well. However most days I can have a migraine and pretend like nothing is wrong. How good are you at that? Now that is acting!!!!
I’ve read many articles over the last couple of months that say that exercising helps headaches and migraines. I have to admit I’ve often scoffed at those articles. The thought of exercising with a headache, let alone a migraine seemed ridiculous. Now, I’m not saying I exercise when I have a migraine, that would just be crazy! However, I have been exercising for 3 months and my migraines and daily headaches have been cut in half! Did you hear me, by HALF!!!!
Here are some of the articles that I have read about exercise, migraines and headaches.
I usually do about 30 minutes of plain cardio about 2 to 4 times a week (depends on how much time I have) and 2 HIIT routines a week, plus strength training. I also pay very close attention to my posture at work as I’m a Systems Administrator who sits for most of my work day. I also try and get regular sleep at minimum 6 to 8 hours every night.
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!!!
So, our office let us test a 10-week trial of guided Mindful Meditation through Meditation Works, a Troy, MI-based company. Meditation Works is a company that owns trailers that come to YOUR office and allows you to let your employees participate in a guided meditation. It was awesome to get out of the office and relax for 10 minutes. I was especially happy on the days we had Meditation Works come out and then our office also offers on-site chair massages. Those TOTALLY help with my migraines by the way! The best massages for my migraines have been trigger point massages and craniosacral therapy. Craniosacral therapy isn’t as hocus pocus as it sounds!!!
At the end of the 10-week trial, we took a survey to see if it helped us be more mindful. I was also testing to see if it helped me with my migraines. While it did help me become about 20% more mindful than I was previously.
Unfortunately, I didn’t see a decrease in my migraines. It did lower my stress levels! So, though it didn’t help me with my migraines, it helped me be more relaxed and more mindful of my state of mind.
I’m currently trying out some apps that will help you meditate, and once I have a list of apps I like I will let you know! If you have an app you like, let me know and I will try it!!!