I have not been back to visit in a long time but wanted to check in to say nearly 5 years since my nightmare started – I am confidant to say I am now 95% recovered. I truly believe that this toxin took years to leave my body. The only residual effects are 1) bouts of tinnitus from time to time – that seem to resolve themselves. 2) Anxiety – though only on rare occasion does this happen anymore – 1x or 2x a year where I need to take an ativan. What if any long term consequences there are from putting this toxin into my body remains to be seen. After checking back in I am heartened to see that there seems to be more ‘study’ of these effects – though saddened to see so many still having these awful experiences and needing to seek support from a site like this because no one in the health profession believes you.
I know I am very lucky and my heart goes out to those who have not had as significant a recovery. When you are viewing this section of the website – please take heart that not as many people may post of their recovery. When the nightmare is over you simply want to move on with your life and don’t necessarily want to look back. I can say anytime the topic of botox or fillers etc.. arise in conversation in my circle of peers/friends I warn them openly and honestly about my journey and seriously caution them about the serious and harmful “unknowns” of this toxin. I also direct them to this website so they can read for themselves the nightmares that people experience and no health professionals to take you seriously or help your recovery.
Stay strong, keep the faith and believe that with time alongside whatever methods you find brings relief – recovery is possible and time is your body’s best weapon to detox and mend. Yes, time heals!! Cliche but true in my experience.
God bless Annette for her commitment to this site and to fellow sufferers for sharing their journey. You are not alone!!