I have not been on this site for many years as since I have recovered I do not want to be reminded of the terribly dark time that I went through.
It is 6 years since my dreaded Azzalure (dysport) injections that made me so ill. I was very ill for about 18 months then had relapses for a further 6 months after that.
Now I live a normal life, I exercise, eat what I want, drink alcohol if I want and have my energy back. I do not think that life will ever be the same as before as I have been left with an anxiety that whenever I feel slightly off I panic and think the symptoms are coming back so I guess this is a bit of PTSD.
This time last year I was feeling particularly well then I did something very foolish in August, a nurse at the hospital told me that although I was obviously very allergic to botox now I would be fine with fillers, I had boletero balance injected into the lines on my forehead, next day all botox symptoms were back full force!! It took about 2 months for my body to settle back to normal again. It is a lesson learned for me that my body cannot take anything foreign being injected into it.
All I am left with now is a little brain fog some days when I am over tired and not had 7 hours sleep, sometimes I get neck ache and a headache but if I take an ibrufen it goes.
If you are going through this awful botox journey, know that you will get better and life is happy again. The best thing for recovery is distraction, so eve n if you do not feel like going out for a walk make yourself do it, get lots of fresh air and drink plenty of water. The more you think about it and get anxious the worse you will feel.
I also found going on holiday and lying in the sun really helped loads – the sun heals nerves, get as much of it as you can.
It has been hard to accept my wrinkles but I do now and worry about all of my friends who all still insist on having botox and fillers, people are still convinced it is perfectly safe, I think in years to come they will both be banned, there will be a terrible aftermath for those injecting regularly.
Thinking of all of you going through this lonely and hard experience, keep positive and know that you will recover, the human body is an amazing machine that can recover from terrible damage.