People Who Have Used Botox for Migraine Headache Relief

Updated on June 18, 2010
L.P. asks from Edmond, OK
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I am just researching this right now. I have received info, pamplets, etc from the doctor regarding the good, the bad and the ugly. I have also researched this online as well. I am just wanting some 'first hand' knowledge and experiences from people who have personally tried it or know someone personally who has used Botox for migraine headaches.

Don't question me on why I would want to use poison in my body and so on and so on, blah, blah, blah.
I am merely asking a question and just want input from people who have ACTUALLY experienced it!

Thanks in advance,


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Thanks to everyone who responded and provided information and insight. I have tried Topamax as well, it did work but caused some vision problems; changes in eyesight so I had to stop taking it. I am still contemplating my situation and which direction to go next.

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answers from Fayetteville on

I didn't have it for headaches, I used it for...ahem...other things, but I loved it. So I can at least give you the experience factor. The shots were not painful, there was a weird crackling noise and I had no side effects other than the usuall puffiness for a few days. i metabolize meds quickly, so it lasted for only a few months, but I loved it. As far as headaches, I spoke with one woman who was there for that treatment and found it very helpful and was treated every 4-5 months with great relief. I hope that gives you a little help.

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answers from Texarkana on

I don't have an answer, as I don't get migraines, but my un-solicited opinion is that if there is a chance it will help, go for it. I feel bad for anyone suffering from migraines. It is miserable and whatever might help should be tried. It is used for so many cosmetic reasons, I don't see how using it for headaches could hurt anything. Good luck!



answers from Missoula on

I work for a doctor who does these injections, and know many patients who swear by the treatment. It can be expensive, and it is usually not covered by insurance, because it is an "off-label" use of Botox. But it does seem to work for many people. Just be prepared to cover the cost yourself.
Best of luck!



answers from Pittsburgh on

I've heard of Botox injections for migraine relief, but may I suggest an alternative? I was getting migraines daily for months. I had just started a new job which made things that much worse. I would lose my vision, throw up...the whole nine yards. Medications weren't working, and my husband and I were trying to get pregnant with baby #2 at the time, so medications were risky at best....I ended up coming across this wonderful Upper Cervical Doctor, and after just the second 'adjustment' my migraines were gone. I was super skeptical at first, because that's just how I am about things in general. You might find relief as well. I'm really happy with the results and it's covered by most health insurance programs.



answers from Chicago on

Never used Botox, but like another responder have used Topomax. That is the only thing that ever worked for me. I'm 34 and have been getting migraines since I was 8. I almost always had a headache every day, but Topomax is the only thing to ever help. I've tried everything from changing eating habits to accupuncture, chiro adjustments, supplements, and meds. Good luck!



answers from Houston on

I haven't used Botox, but what really helped me with my migraines was getting my thyroid and vitamin D levels up and going on a gluten free diet. Just wanted to mention it in case this info was useful for you.

Good luck with whatever you decide.



answers from Detroit on

I haven't used Botox but I do use Arbonne's all Natural Prolief Balancing cream to prevent migraines (as well as a long list of other symptoms it helped also) and I had used a lot of RX medications and OTC meds too with no relief. My sister gets Botox for muscles in her legs and arms because she had a stroke which we are sure was caused by Imitrex Shots for Migraines. I am now Migraine Free and have been since July of 2002 when I started using the cream. If you would like more information on this cream you can private message me.


answers from Fresno on

Wow, I haven't heard of that, but it sounds like a win-win to me! Would insurance cover it? (Can you see the wheels turning in my head? LOL)


answers from New York on

I understand why you would want to use botox for your migraines. If the topamax that I am now taking did not work, I was going to try botox. Fortunately, at this time I am getting good relief from the Topamax but should that change I would not hesitate getting the Botox treatment. The only thing that concerned me was the rare possibility of paralysis of throat muscles. My doctor said that if you went to a practitioner with expertise in Botox injection for migraines then it shouldn't be a problem.

Good Luck and let us know how it goes.

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