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I am really scared

Hi everyone,
I hope everyone is on the way to recovery or recovered.
I was hoping to be better by now. It will be 5 years in April that I got the Botox. I continue to have issues with fatigue, brain fog, some tingling, circulation problems, dry mouth, eyes and nose and a few others. But, my biggest issue continues to be the muscle and fat atrophy. It has continued to get worse instead of better. I really am so scared. I don’t know what is causing it at this point. My face, eyes and head are so sunken. I don’t see myself anymore. My teeth, gums, nails, body and hair have also been changed. I have tested for ANA, RF, C reactive protein, SED rate and they are all normal. My face changes by the week…I am so scared. Does anyone have any ideas what this could be? Is it still a direct effect of the toxin?
I appreciate everyone’s support!
Kris

Seeking help…

Is there anyone located in Oregon with advice for ongoing adverse affects from Botox? I have been to every doctor I could get in to. GP, neurologist, Psychiatrist, ER .  None of which have any ideas, answers or advice.  I suffer from severe anxiety, aches in my bones, muscle atrophy, weight loss (40#), no appetitive, chest pain, and nausea. I am 6 months out from last Botox injections. Will this ever end? This is truly a nightmare. If only there were a doctor that would show an interest in figuring this out. I have called Allergan several times. Their answer, “We recommend you contact your provider for this, we have no data to support your symptoms.” Oh my gosh!  Is there any research going on? It seems there are a lot of people suffering.

Someone, please help!

3 year update

3 year update

 

Hi it has been 3 years since my injections. As I’ve mentioned before some of my major issues were the vestibular migraines meaning that I got dizzy and had head painI all along the right side of my face and head. I had eustation tube issues, loud humming in the right side of my head , anxiety swollen lymph nodes, neck pain, eye pain, pressure in my head . About a year ago I also had sudden hearing loss in my right ear .

I was put on 2400 mgs of nueronton and 100mgs of  Nortriptylin . Today most  of my symptoms are gone. I no longer have severe head pain, dizziness or blurred vision. After getting a steroid injection directly through the eardrum my hearing came back.  I no longer have anxiety or swollen lymph nodes. I do however still have tinnitus but it’s a lot lower. I still have to take the nortriptylin or my dizziness and migraine symptoms will come back. I also still have eustation issues but I hardly notice it anymore.

I believe my body reacted to the Botox by attacking itself. I notice that Botox is putting out there more and more side effects, I am glad to see that. I am like 90% back to my normal self . Thank god for the medication. I would say I felt better at the 1.5 mark maybe 2 year mark. Please hang in there it does get better with time. You may have some symptoms that don’t go away but the majority for me have cleared up.

Help – 4 weeks post injections, is this going to get worse?

I received 26 units of Botox injections in my forehead on December 28th. I’ve had botox once a year for about 6 years with no issues. However. within a few days I noticed that my right eye felt a little droopy and numb. I also began to experience night sweats and intense anxiety, followed by tingling/numbness in my arms and legs, muscle weakness, dry eyes, brain fog and pain at the base of my skull. I immediately found this site, which of course scared me to death.

I began eating very healthy, drinking lots of water, sitting in the sauna at my gym, and working out every day – pretty much anything to flush this out of my system. I even went to an IV bar and paid $200 for a liver detox IV, along with Taurine and Tryphtophan for my anxiety. I also began taking neurotransmitter supplements (Taurine, Magnesium, GABA, Typhtophan, B6 and Niacin) at night. At about 2.5 weeks post injections, my symptoms seemed to subside. I felt normal again and thought it was over.

Then, right at about 4 weeks I got my period and holy cow did the symptoms come back worse than before. Intense tingling/numbness and weakness in my arms/legs, brain fog, intense night sweats and anxiety. I felt like my insides were burning, difficulty sleeping and shaky upon waking up. And I swear I’m noticing muscle atrophy around my shoulders and elbows, although this might be in my head.

I read posts on this site and see people experiencing much more severe symptoms and I’m very scared that I’m just at the beginning of this nightmare. I’d love to see some sort of timeline. Meaning, those who experience severe symptoms (having to drop out of work, can’t get out of bed, going to the hospital), did those symptoms come on immediately and then get better? Or were your symptoms mild at first and progress over the next few months?

I guess I’m wondering how much worse this is going to get. If I’m 4 weeks out and the symptoms are mild/moderate, does this mean it’s the worst it’s going to get? Or will things progressively get more severe?

I’m getting married in 8 months and am terrified that I’m not going to be able to walk down the aisle or enjoy my wedding day because of this stupid toxin!

Oxygen in drops anyone tried?

Hi all, just thought I will share with you I have also done bioresonance test now and it has shown botulinum toxin in my system stil.. Doctor who did the test has told me about Oxy Max Oxygen in drops to drink, she said people with Lyme get very good resuts with this and it could also be helpful for botulism toxin. Also I am going for consultation about ozonotherapy and high dosw of vitamin C in drip. Dont know if anyone tried that all yet but I thought it could be very helpful as Vit C is never absorbed fully by our system and terapeutic results are when given intravenously..

Here is link to Oxy drops

http://www.earthsbounty.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=1100-OXY_MAX

I will post about it when I get more info.

Sending all healing thoughts xoxo

Auto immune disease side effect and doctors don’t believe me – please reply

Hi. I am new here and wanting to reach out to other people who have received Botox injections for migraines and had negative reactions, and no doctors that believe them. I started injections in September 2014. I have not felt normal since then. For most of the school year, I just basically didn’t feel right and had an increase in intensity of daily headaches. As the year progressed, I felt worse and worse, with vague symptoms. I just didn’t feel right. Right around May, I began to experience a lot of pain and weakness in my joints (all of them). I also became very fatigued, sometimes sleeping up to 20 hrs a day. I am now diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and on disability. In September 2014, before I got my first Botox injections, I completed a 24 mile mountain bike ride. Now, a year and few months later, my husband has to help me up from the couch, I have to arrange for a driver, I can’t use the can opener. I feel positive that this is all from the Botox injections. I have asked every doctor that I have seen and none agree or even consider it a possibility. Has anyone else been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease after receiving Botox injections for migraines?

Thank you,

Feebee

Need advice about Gabapentin & Recovery

Hi everyone! This is my first post on here and I have searched high and low for this existing topic and cannot find it.

I had my 3rd round of Botox this year  6 weeks ago. The first time I got botox from a dentist and he gave me 20 units… my face was a bit a frozen but it wore off in about 3 months. I did feel anxiety that something damaging would happen to me or my health, but I eventually got over it and all was fine.  I then got botox from a nurse in a plastic surgeons office in August through a friend’s recommendation and got only 12 units. I didn’t feel anxiety this time and wasn’t worried about the results, I did have to go back in 2 weeks because one side of my forehead did not take as well so one eyebrow was lifting more. I went back exactly 3 months later for another treatement of 12 units in the forehead, forgetting that the one side was probably 2 weeks behind! This time, that side is almost frozen and the other moves. I began to get extreme anxiety over this and stressing about it every day. It has improved over the past 6 weeks but still not much movement on the one side eyebrow compared to the other. I haven’t gone back to her because I do not want to get anymore botox and feel like that is the answer she will give to fix it. I am only 25 and started this a preventative measure, but the anxiety and possible damaging affects seem like more trouble than it’s worth so I just want this botox out of my system!!

Now, to my main question. I’ve struggled with anxiety over the years and it has worsened so my now as needed clonopin isn’t really working for me. My doctor has now prescribed gabapentin. I have read that gabapentin is used a lot for nerve pain (in addition to anxiety). From what I have read about botox, the way that it wears off or dissipates is when new nerve cells develop. I want this botox out of my system as quickly as possible and am hoping it will be at my usual 3 months as it has been in the past… I am worried to take this gabapentin if it will stop my nerves from creating new cells…. anyone have advice on this if I should take it?

I have read and been told there are no drug interactions with gabapentin and botox, but I want to know if anyone has any experience with this or believes it will slow down the process of the botox getting out of my system.

 

Thank you!!

First entry–12 days in

Hello everyone–First entry, I’ll try to be concise.  As mentioned on my profile, I developed a focal dystonia in my right hand as the result of 40+ years of playing steel-stringed folk guitar in the manner of John Fahey.  My thumb and first two fingers now spasm constantly, making it difficult to sleep.  The promise of a botox-fueled recovery, and being able to recover some playing ability, has been a siren song for the last few years, after having tried a bunch of medications that either did not work or turned me into a zombie (the combo of a fairly high dose of propranalol and baclofen was particularly awful, as was one of the patches for Parkinson’s, which makes you want to heave all day).  Tried botox twice, relatively small amounts, with some slight success and no SE.  Third time 25 units–15 between thumb and forefinger, and 10 on underside of forearm.  20 minutes or so after leaving my neurologist’s office (she is highly regarded in Albuquerque, where I live) I started to feel very heavy, but no breathing difficulties so I thought it would pass.  I guess the lesson  for anyone who has such a reaction, as so many of us have had, is to IMMEDIATELY return your doctor’s office or go to an ER and explain the situation.  I wish I had.  Later that day an extreme spike in anxiety, back muscles locked up.  I am pretty familiar with anxiety, having done a straight taper off of klonopin over 3 months earlier.  One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do as an adult.  Please, anyone who is taking  benzos–be careful!  Day 5, started to have the other standard–as I now know from reading this site–symptoms.   Some difficulty swallowing, ears burning like crazy, flu-like symptoms, blood pressure through the roof, perpetual anxiety.  Several days later, some difficulty breathing.  Hard not to be anxious when that happens.  It was as if the toxic effects were moving slowly down my body.  Two nights ago, I finally went to an ER, and had a good chat with a doc who actually spent a lot of time with me.  He even called a neurologist at another hospital for a consult, as mine was out of town.  He probably would not look favorably at this blogsite, but he also did not dismiss me, as my voice was still hoarse, and I spoke of the swallowing and breathing issues.  The upshot from the ER visit ($700 later) was–“Your symptoms of weakness, difficulty swallowing and weak voice may well be due to a systemic botox infection, but these are not life-threatening and will wear off over time.  However, return to the ER for worsening weakness, swallowing difficulties or speech problems.”  So at least I was not dismissed out of hand.   But obviously, physicians need to take more seriously the very real risk of botox hitting the entire system, and not just staying at the intended site.  At 12 days in, I can only hope that things will not get too much worse, but they well may.  I’ll check in in another day or two.  The other thing that pisses me off is that I’m probably going to have to cancel a European Xmas market trip in December that I had planned, but if that’s the worst of it I will be fortunate, indeed.  It is likely to be a very unpleasant few months. Godspeed to all of us,  I really do sympathize.  Thanks also to those of you who share their recoveries.

Waxy yellow stuff coming out of eyelids

I tried cleaning my eyes last night with Sterilid. I use warm water to soften skin then use a q tip with eye cleanser to get the waxy stuff out that sticks to my skin. It’s not working so I need to go back to the doctors. My vision will blur more over time. I also have collagen or fluid with bacteria sloshing and pulsing up and down my body 24/7. This makes me so angry that this stuff is all through my body and nobody cares! My husband has been supportive and a few friends, but the doctors act like this is nothing and I really am not getting anywhere. Does anyone else have these issues. My problems are from Juvederm Voluma XC. Thanks

 

 

 

 

I wish this was just a bad dream

Hi, I was injected with Juvederm Voluma XC in Jan. 2014. I had an indentation and crease that was repaired with Juvederm in Feb. 2014 and March 2014. The filler migrated to my nose area and my doctor used hyaluronadase to dissolve it in May 2014. I was wearing glasses 12 to 15 hrs a day and wasn’t told not to wear them. The doctor used more hyaluronadase June 2014 and it dispersed through my entire body. I own a hair salon and have been doing hair for 40 years. I never called in sick. I was not comfortable wearing my contacs or glasses so I took a year off work to find a doctor to help me. My skin tissues pulled around my right eye when doing any close up work and a muscle pulled in my right forehead when I cut hair, it was very painful. I have rosacea in my eyes and face and my legs,stomach,and back are swollen and inflamed. I have problems swallowing and burning in my stomach and chest.I am still looking for help after 1 year and 9 months. I am seeing an endocrinologist tomorrow because my lymphatic system is not working properly. I found out that Juvederm Voluma XC is crosslinked hyaluronic acid produced by Streptococcus equi bacteria. This bacteria is a disease found in horses. Strangles Disease. I am still living a nightmare but I haven’t given up. I will not give up. I realize this is a Botox Site and I read Katiedaily’s posts about Juvederm Ultra Plus and thought I would give this a try. Thanks so much for letting me share. I am so grateful.

Eye Issues/Nerve Pain – is this Botox related?

Hi everyone, I’m new to this site and am so grateful to find I’m not alone. I’m just wondering if my issues sound Botox related? I’ve had all the testing done (Opthsmologists, neurologist, rheumatologists, CT scan, MRI etc) & no one can figure out what’s going on – most attribute to anxiety (which I certainly know is not the case!).

ive had joint/nerve pain for past 6 months (buzzing between my elbows to hands/fingers and knees to gets/toes).  But after my last injections (in late March 2015), I’ve had eye problems. It started with pain behind my left eye, then became strained when focusing (eg, reading/using computer) and strain would lead to slight blurriness. Then I contracted conjunctivitis, then my cornea scarred up, healed, but then I had blurry vision, pupil would dilate (and pupil spasm) and double vision.  I’ve also had eye test which shows my vision has changed in just a few months.

I’m absolutely terrified because I can’t work and am in constant pain with eye and body (with occasional moments of relief). I can’t use computer (I’m only using one eye to type this on my phone). I don’t have family or partner to help and my friends just don’t understand. I’ve been referred to neuro – opthamologist, but that could be months off.

I eat paleo, no sugar, no caffine, no alcohol etc…but doesn’t show any improvement with symptoms.

I also have terrible insomnia, and get bouts of extreme anxiety, and severe depression when I wake up.

This site has offered me the only bit of hope I’ve had so far. Do my symptoms sound Botox related? And does anyone have any similar experience or have advice or help? I’m desperate ?

Thankyou

 

Feeling helpless…and scared

Hi all

I posted about recently about my bad experience of Botox. I have muscular dystrophy and was given Botox for spasticity in my ankle. The neuro said it was a “small” dose. I went through hell for six weeks…muscle weakness preventing me from walking or working or driving, breathing problems, hungry for air. Eventually got my review appointment with neuro moved forward after complaining a lot about symptoms. The neuro said I have had a generalised effect on my body due to Botox but that it will “definitely” wear off in the three months. After explaining the fear and depression I have due to feeling my life has been ruined he prescribed me with Mestinon which I believe is used for Myastenia Gravis but he said is used “off-label” for Botox adverse effects. I have been taking it since Tuesday and to be fair, it really does help with the muscle weakness but only for about three hours each dose. Now the breathing problems are back in full force though and it’s very scary. I don’t really know what to do and I’m so worried after reading the posts on here that it probably WONT be the three months before I’m better. I am living with muscular dystrophy which was hard enough but I was so active and outgoing and busy. I’m now a recluse at 26 years of age. Getting out of bed is difficult where as before getting me to stay in the house was a task!!! Does anyone have any success stories wherein the Botox actually DID wear off in the three months?

First & Last Botox!

Hi all,  I want to share my Botox experience to warn others.

I received Botox for the first time 2 weeks ago. Having injections around my eyes, between brows and above brows for cosmetic purposes.

This is my Botox diary below..

DAY 1

Botox injections at 12 pm
Bruise to one injection site on right hand side of my temple/crows feet lines.
Black dots in front of eyes for a few moments after the Botox

went home and rested.

Hot and cold tremors and awful feelings of anxiety by 6 pm onwards
Clammy hands and feet
Couldn’t eat all day after injections
Anxiety remained and got no sleep. Dry mouth
Nauseous
Pain to right side of temple

DAY 2
Anxiety hell/Deep feeling of dread
Tremors
Nausia
Clammy hands
Foggy brain
Dry mouth
Twitching right eye
Couldn’t eat all day complete lack of appetite
Knotted stomach
Slept well tho

DAY 3

Slight Anxiety but much better
Foggy brain
Twitching left eye – black dots in front of eyes twice
Dry mouth – peeling inside of bottom lip
Was able to eat lunch & dinner with effort
Not feeling like myself & low

Day 4

Anxiety almost gone
Still have dry mouth
Still don’t feel like myself
Didn’t sleep well, woke 3 times during the night with hot sweats, bed soaked became a bit anxious after waking each time

From day 5 till now (day 14) symptons have gone, anxiety has gone but still get twitching in left eye and black dots in front of my eyes when in bright sun light.

I am hoping this was it for me, a short spell of hell, & never to return. I will never have Botox again even tho the results are good those few days of hell knocked me for six I have never experienced anything like it in my life and never wish to again!

 

 

 

 

Teeth related symptoms

I have been having some teeth related issues and want to know if anyone has any recommendations. Over the past 6 or 7 months I have noticed that my teeth have changed. There is more spacing between them and when I brush them they don’t feel the same. Also, there is a transparent look to them. I have been using a special toothpaste for enamel, but I don’t know if it is helping. I have also been taking a mineral supplement. Another support member has been having problems with teeth related sensitivity to eating cold foods and has had a tooth break off.
Thanks so much!
Wishing everyone lots of healing.
Kris

Did BOTOX cause my CRPS (RSD)?

Hello.. I received BOTOX for about 4 years between my brows without any problems, as a matter of fact, I loved the results! The BOTOX cured my tension headaches, definitely decreased my migraines, as well as getting rid of the nasty frown line between my brows(that I had developed due to my head aches0). My last injection was on June 17, 2013. I had 33.5 units injected between my brows.  The first problem I noticed was my right eyelid seemed odd, not drooping but it almost looked swollen.  I contacted the injecting DR the next day, he had me go in and said that eye actually looked better, that I should wait at least two weeks for the final result.  A few days later I started noticing bladder issues and problems swallowing.  I called again and was told that those symptoms only happen to people who have much more BOTOX injected, that it wasn’t possible the BOTOX was causing these issues.   A couple of weeks later I noticed a triangular shaped dent in the center of my forehead.  That went away after a few weeks, but then a dent between my brows and one above my left brow appeared, approximately 10 weeks after the last injection. I contacted the DR again, he saw me and said I probably just needed more BOTOX. I declined! I went to about 6 plastic surgeons looking for help, almost all suggested more BOTOX. My eyelid still didn’t look right and the BOTOX wasn’t working well as it had in the past, so I declined.  I started getting strange head aches, I would get a sharp pain in my right eye then a horrid head ache that at times only lasted 30 minutes. I developed anxiety, severe depression, dry eyes and insomnia.  Melatonin would help me fall asleep, but I would only sleep a few hours then up the rest of the night.  The dents have continued to get worse and I HATE looking at myself in the mirror, they are all I see.  Frownies have helped somewhat but its very temporary.  This summer I had some foot pain (I had it for the last two years but it kept increasing)> I finally saw a Podiatrist who said it was a stress fracture&put a boot on me. A few weeks later I woke up in the middle of the night in severe pain, pain I’d NEVER had previously.  Saw the Podiatrist the next day, he said to stay off completely and try crutches. It just kept getting worse, I couldn;t even wear socks, it felt like the sock was crushing my foot. Back to the Dr who explained it had to be neuralgia& I needed to get in PT ASAP. Therapist did her eval, explained I have CRPS.  My nervous system was sending incorrect pain signals. Well, a few weeks later it spread to my other foot, then hands> I saw another Physical Therapist, she confirmed and also told me I have Raynauds (which is an auto immune disease).  I then went to a Neurologist, I didn’t want pain meds, just hoping for a different diagnosis and some help.  There is no cure for CRPS, and at the time I couldn’t even walk, I am a single mother with three daughters and couldn’t even work.  I was scared to death that I was going to be permanently disabled. I have pushed through the pain, and force myself to move every day. If I distract myself and try to do regular activities it seems to help. I stopped going to PT because I could no longer afford my health insurance because I wasn’t working.  I wake up at night with tingling in my hands, they are stiff and painful and seem to get stuck when I use them a lot. I  am posting now because I read a couple other people’s posts stating they have CRPS as well, I didn’t want to sound like a crazy woman but that’s how I’ve felt.  I have always been very healthy and active, the only time I started having problems was when I had that last injection. Every Dr I saw said it couldn’t be the BOTOX, except my PCP.  IF the BOTOX has caused this disabling condition, it should be listed as a possible side effect. It is the MOST painful thing I have experienced, and I have given birth to three babies, without drugs of any kind! The dents are very troubling as well. One DR did state that it was atrophy and I could wait a year or so, but they have only gotten worse.  If anyone has info, be it good or bad, I’d love to hear from you! I want answers.

Botox used to relax my esophagus pre surgery.

I started having an issue with food and liquid going past my esophagus into my stomach about a year ago.  Food would get stuck and liquid would refuse to go down.  My body would hiccup to help move it along or it would eventually go down with quite a bit of pain.  Finally, nothing seemed to be going down and I was waking each night literally drowning in liquid and food.  My doctor sent me to get an upper GI.  The diagnosis was “Achalasia”  my esophagus was literally closed and turned up into what is known as a birds beak.   I was admitted to the hospital and had an upper endoscopy to confirm the diagnosis.  The Gastro told me that I had to make a decision right away whether I wanted to do a “Botox” treatment or surgery.  I asked if he could explain both and he said he didn’t have time.  Later that evening I was being taken to do the “Botox” treatment.  I was told that since it was Memorial day weekend that there wouldn’t be anyone available for the surgery and that the Botox would relax my esophagus until the surgery could be performed.  No explanation on how it was done exactly or any info on side effects or future care or concerns.  Within a couple of days I started to have confusion issues.   By two weeks after the injection I was having pretty serious memory and confusion issues.  I was extremely fatigued and dizziness was starting to be more frequent.  I thought these symptoms were from lack of food and possibly dehydration.  There was some food and liquid going down but not what would be considered usual.  I work with Senior Citizens and know as a fact that quite often major surgeries have been shelved for folks over 80 due to the fact that anesthesia can bring on dementia.  I personally have known quite a few over 80’s that have had anesthesia induced dementia.  So I thought that the problems I was having was from lack of nutrition, liquid and having anesthesia two times in one day for the “Achalasia” confirmation and treatment (Botox).  I scheduled my surgery, called a “Heller-Myotomy” for a little over 3 weeks from the Botox treatment.  I had an event that I was putting on that needed my attention before I could take the time off.  It ended up being the most stressful event of my entire marketing career.  I couldn’t figure out how to organize anything.  The day of the event I was so stressed, dizzy, confused, fatigued and was so filled with anxiety I didn’t think I was going to make it through the day.  After the event, which was a fundraiser, I couldn’t even add up a stack of checks that needed to be turned in before I was off for a couple of weeks to a month for my “Heller-Myotomy”.   Before I went in to the surgery the Anesthesiologist came by to see if I had any questions.  I told her that I was very concerned to go under anesthesia again due to the extreme confusion and memory issues I was experiencing since the two times three weeks earlier under anesthesia.  We decided since I couldn’t eat or drink I needed the surgery.  After the surgery I was extremely fatigued.  Slept a lot, had dizziness and still had pretty severe confusion and memory issues.  I thought they would go away as I healed.  2 weeks after surgery I was still experiencing all the above symptoms but my body was healing fine.  I was on a liquid diet for 30 days but I was getting my nutrition and calories so I didn’t think the fatigue, weakness, dizziness was still connected to the surgery.  About 3 weeks after my surgery and about 6-7 weeks after the Botox injection I started having speech difficulties.  Slurring and confusion on which words to use.  Even stuttering at times.   I feel the surgery for the “Achalasia” was a success.  The symptoms that I have discussed earlier are all over the map.  Some days I feel like I am coming out of it.  Maybe a little more clear, especially in the afternoons, not as fatigued, dizziness will lift although the memory issues don’t seem to lift much.  Then the next day I am trying to work and end up laying my head down on my arm as I try to keep my eyes open and concentrate on the task at hand.  Then the dizziness reappears, and the confusion and weakness along with the speech problems are just as bad if not worse.   I have had a CT scan,  every blood test available, even a spinal tap to try and find out what is causing these symptoms.  Nothing to be found.  My doctor thought I had an adrenal crash and after treatment from doubling my hormones we found that that wasn’t the case.   My surgeon has referred me to an Endocrinologist and I am waiting for an appt. with them.  The surgeon is convinced that I need a different general physician and wants me to meet with the Endocrine specialist.   My daughters father started looking into Botox, botulism poisoning and finally found this site.  I was experiencing such severe depression that I have never had before this wild ride that I literally thought I was losing my mind and asking for prayer from all who knew me to help me deal w/the depression and other symptoms.  When he told me he found this site, I broke down crying.  It lifted the huge dark cloud that had been hanging over my head for quite a while now.  It isn’t gone completely but I can breath just knowing this is real.  I am not crazy, imagining these symptoms.  I am going to do the 5 step detox tomorrow that is suggested from a site about the botulism poisoning.  I am willing to try it to see if I can function enough to do my job.  I may lose my job soon if I can’t find a way to be able to get behind the wheel of a car again, safely, and on the road.   I feel blessed to have found this site and I will keep all posted on my journey and will cherish all your input and wisdom.

Much Aloha for now,  Cathyann

Forehead dents after Botox

Hi,

I’m new  to the site and haven’t seen any posts re forehead dents appearing after being injected with Botox.  March 8, 2013 I had my forehead and 11 lines injected with Botox, after receiving shots once a year for about 8 years with no problems.  Well,  3/8/2013  Hell began.  That night my eyes and upper face swelled up so much, I looked like I had fetal baby alcohol syndrome, said my pharmacist husband.  Next morning I was unrecognizable.  It was a Saturday, so after paging the dr several times unsuccessfully, I got ahold of her partner, who relayed my messages.  Finally, she responded and I went to her office.  Of course, her first comment was, oh, I thought it would be worse!

I’ll save you all the rest of her in-denial-it’s-not-from-Botox comments.   She prescribed a medrol dose pack (strong steroid for severe swelling) for two weeks.  In the meantime. I began having severe dry, red, itchy eyes.  There were huge bags under my eyes.  Oh, the worst part, her first needle stick that day struck my supraorbital nerve, which felt like a nail gun going straight to the back of my head!  Excruciating pain.  My forehead is still numb 17 months later.  Following week, I saw two very prominent plastics  surgeons for consult.  Both were very concerned and took photos and asked if Allergan was notified by the dr who gave the shot.  I was off work two weeks due to unsightliness  and dry eyes and blurry vision.  After a month or two, those symptoms subsided.  Well, fast forward 4 months when the Botox started wearing off, and I noticed small dents appearing in my forehead,  that to this day,  17 months later, are still there.  And the top of my forehead and upper scalp are numb still from nerve injury from the needle.  So, my question is has anyone had these dents form and, if so, did they go away.  I’m scared they’ll be there forever.  It’s embarrassing because they’re so obvious and I’m self-conscious.   Next week I see one of the docs who evaluated me right after the shot, to get his opinion.  Then September 5, I see the other doc who evaluated me right after the shot.  I’d really appreciate it if someone out there who has also experienced these dents would reach out and let me know how they’re doing.  By the way, the dents are there 24/7.  I’m not squinting.

Thanks!