botox side effects - neck pain?

  • alhuff26
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • 3 years ago

when used medically two of the most common side effects of botox are headaches and neck pain. obviously we know a lot of us have experienced the botox headache but what about the neck pain? I had my botox about 36 hours ago and my neck is killing me. I'm trying to tell myself its just because I had injections in my neck so the muscles are sore because I'm terrified that its a side effect that will last the next three to four months. I dont know if i could handle that! does anyone else have experience with neck pain from botox?

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I had had a severe neck pain after my first round of botox. I thought it would go away but so far it hasn't. It is now day 11 since the botox. I am hoping that the pain goes away soon, but from the sound of the comments posted, I will continue to have it. I also had blurred vision for a couple of days and I started to have droppy eyes also. I am wondering if this will subside anytime soon. My migraines had greatly reduced so far, so I am hoping that I can get the side effects from botox worked out. At least I know there are other people also having the same side effects.
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I am cautiously happy to report that at the 20 day mark the nausea lifted and so did my headache. I am now one week fairly free of all of the pain and the nausea comes and goes but is better. I can function. I suppose I will try a second round to see if it all occurs again -- and I hope not because that was a horrible three weeks for sure. Thanks for all the comments -- I am glad to have stumbled onto this site as everyone has very helpful info. I am praying that this is not a "fluke" and I am gonna be migraine free :)
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I finally got through to my doc this morning and he said negative side effects usually wane after 2 weeks. That would be tomorrow for me. Yours took more like 3 weeks. I could handle that if I had to as long as I didn't have to wait 3 months! Glad you are better!
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I get a "floppy neck" type of syndrome about two weeks after botox and I am on my fourth round - it is different each time but it is painful and I have having to hold my head and not be able bend over without getting a vertigo feeling but it gets better after two or three weeks and then I have a couple of really good months of very little neck/shoulder pain or headache so it is worth it to me - I have found that wearing a neck brace at night or for a short while during the day while I am relaxing in a recliner has helped - I do heat and stretching exercises - I have spondylosis of c3-c5 and narrowing of the same area with nerve impingement along with severe migraines
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Hi gcgregory, Thanks for your info. It's good to hear you have several really good months after a treatment. I haven't been sure this has been worth it!
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I am getting the floppy neck too. This is my fourth round but with a different doctor and a different brand of botox. I called my old doc and he said it could be from the different injection sites along with the different brand. He said I may be sensitive to the different preservatives in the brand they used. I sure hope this goes away soon. Im going on week 3 and and going crazy because I feel like I am dying. At least I know I'm not the only one and that helps me feel a little better.
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I'm almost at 4 weeks (2 days away) and I will NOT be doing any more than this 1st round of botox. My headaches are WORSE, my neck pain and upper back pain are still horrific. My neck muscles are SWOLLEN.. so wonder if I am allergic to the botox. I STILL have the floppy neck, have to support my head if I lean over. In this last 4 weeks I've probably only had 4 days without major headaches... it sucks. My dr will not be able to convince me to do any more rounds. With fibromyalgia, that has become worse too. I simply cannot function as well as I did before the botox, even with my headaches from before I could at least get stuff done... This is ridiculous. Wondering if I should let the FDA know. I also find I have a numb thumb which started the day after the botox... still numb. And the botox aggravated my GI tract too (frequency, loose), plus started back up my interstitial cystitis - blood in the urine with no infection. Simply not worth the side effects which are hugely downplayed by drs. I had asked my neurologist before the shots about all the stuff I'd read online and he said to stop reading the comments, that none of his patients have had the negative side effects. Ridiculous. Enough already. I want it to wear off so I can just have the daily headaches I was used to without the serious neck pain and upper back pain, numb thumb, irritated bladder and GI, and even blurred vision.
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I felt just like that for the first 6 weeks after the first round of injections. Second round I got them to cut down on the amount of Botox and the side effects were less. Only had migraine 8 days last month compared to about 25 pre Botox so I'm hanging in there . Everyone I get migraine I think how lucky I am to have so many less attacks and feel thankfull.
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Yeah, about a month after my injections is when I will have the pain and side effects. they last about 2 weeks then go away. Hang in there. It does get better for most.
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It sounds like you are having more of a reaction than most. On my first round my pain, as you are describing did get worse and lasted the whole 3 months. My doc did talk me into another round which is when I noticed relief towards the end of the 3 month period. Now when I do them, I get pain (sometimes) after a few weeks that lasts only for a couple of weeks then pretty much migraines for the next 2 1/2 months so for me it is worth it. You should report it there are no questions about that. As for the fibro, you may be able to relieve some of that by changing your diet if you haven't already done so. I went gluten and grain free, but I do eat rice. After a few months my fibro pain had subsided. Eating a paleo diet will help you. Hope you feel better soon.
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glad you are having good results! I also have good results too, tho I do hate the injections and all that comes with that. But the relief is very nice!
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I am gluten free and grain free, have been paleo for over a year now. It didn't change my fibro...
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I am sorry, but glad you are eating better. I know for me it made my pain worse so at least you aren't contributing to the fibro. I hope you can figure out your pain and feel better soon. I have other chronic pain and have to wear a pain patch which helps. It is called butrans and it doesn't make you feel like you are on anything. the pain just goes away. blessings
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I should ask my dr about a pain patch... very frustrated at this point. Did it work right away for you? I had heard they are addictive so wondered if I should try them or not.. what do you think? Any long term side effects?
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Everything has side effects =( but I don't have a life without it. Yes it does work pretty quick. It last for about a week then you change it. As the week goes by sometimes I can tell it is almost time for a new one then some weeks I can go longer, depends on the pain. I have found that it is addictive. I notice that when I go without it I get depressed which is one of the withdrawal symptoms. I didn't realize at first because I was so in need of pain relief. I would have to wean off of it if my pain were to ever go away but it beats having to take pain meds and be in bed all the time. At least I am able to work again. I am sorry about your pain. I know it is a hard thing to live with. I hope you can find something that will help you. I am glad that you ask questions first =) we learned from the botox right?
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I am 2 1/2 weeks out from my first injection with Botox. The migraines are stronger and more intense. Two days after injections the migraine started and lasted 5 days -- with this I had a UTI, nausea, and exhaustion. Dr. prescribed a Medrol dose pack which I thought broke the cycle -until today when I woke at 4:30 with head pounding pain. I dozed back off only to wake again at 6:30 and taking my Treximet. When I woke from this I am left with nausea again -- plus the added fun of neck pain so intense (all around the neck and up under the jaw) - eyebrows sore to touch, cheek bones sore to touch, shoulder muscles can't even touch ... you get the picture. None of these effects were told to me, although I expect I still would have tried anything to stop the migraines. The intensity of the migraine pain is so great however - do we know why this changes or anyone experienced this? And why the soreness? I have my ideas but am curious to know if anyone's physician has explained? I am scared to go for the 2nd round because if it is worse then I will not be able to function (which is questionable now). I am so disheartened by this as I hoped this would be the end all of these migraines -- too many years wasted on them :(
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OMG... I never thought about the UTI being related to botox but I feel like I have a UTI too... was planning to get a UA tomorrow so will see. I also have the blurred vision. Acupuncture did help me somewhat 2 days ago but my neck is still SO SORE, the acupuncturist said it was actually SWOLLEN on the one side where the dr injected more. My headache halved the day after the acupuncture but resumed with a vengeance yesterday. I cannot put any pressure on my eyebrow area as it's super sore too, as is the TMJ area, both areas were injected. I have decided I will NOT do this again, despite my dr saying I had to try 3x before I decided. I would rather have the regular headaches than this.
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I have experienced this pain after getting botox. I wasn't going to do the second round but my doc talked me into it. He said it would take up to 3 times before I knew if it would work or not. He was right, I started getting relief at the end of my second round and then more quickly with my third round. I did have soreness but I don't remember being as sensitive as you are explaining. I just had botox 2 weeks ago and have been expericencing really bad muscular and tension headaches. I have been doing botox for 2 years now and find that the unpleasant side effects are worth putting up with for the relief that I do get. But you should be careful. I hope others will post, you may be sensitive to the botox? Be sure to ask your doc. No, they don't tell you what you will experience otherwise we probably wouldn't try it. I hope you feel better soon. =)
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Thank you. So the muscular pain is a constant with your injections, and muscular headaches also? I am trying to be optimistic and hope that it is just an adjustment period and not a true sensitivity. I also hope that I have better luck with the 2nd round. I am definitely going to speak with my neuro regarding these symptoms.
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I don't have soreness at the injection sites, I am seeming to have soreness in a more widespread area -- this is occurring after this last migraine today. Almost as if I am "numb" in some areas and the pain is hitting a "road block" and is stopped at certain points thus leading to pain in a localized area (cheekbones, shoulders,etc) .. I don't know -- crazy feelings right now for sure!
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I also have a numb thumb after the injections, plus major shoulder blade muscle pain... around the shoulder blades, plus very sore neck, swollen muscles on one side, this thing is a nightmare for me. Headaches are worse now than before shots.... almost 2 weeks out.
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The worst of my symptoms is the difficulty swallowing. I choke somewhat at every meal and don't look forward to eating.
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Yes, in most cases. However there is one of the PA's in my docs office that does the injections and I rarely have pain with her. When I get a new round the pain doesn't last as long. I have pain meds and muscle relaxers that I use but nothing really helps except heat for me. I started having the severe pain on Friday (about 2 weeks after the injections) and today I am feeling better. It may take longer for you since it is your 1st round tho. Do talk to your doc for sure. We need to report these symptoms as most of them don't think it happens. You may want to try a topical pain/muscle relaxant. I just found out about that. If it helps it is better than taking them orally as you wouldn't get the groggy side effects. If you are able to have someone drive you I would recommend taking a xanax and or muscle relaxer before your appt. I think that the majority of the pain is from the tension and anxiety of getting all those shots. I started doing this with my 2nd round and it helps tremendously, that is if you can tolerate the meds. Wishing you the best!
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Oh, okay. I am hoping that it is just the botox starting to work and that it will go away after a few days. Be sure to talk to your doctor tho. I pray that this pain and numbness will go away soon so you can get the expected relief !
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Yes, unfortunately these are the side effects that did get better for me after the 2nd round. I have been experiencing this pain for the last 3 days (I got my injections about 2 weeks ago) and it seems to be subsiding today thank God! How you get better soon. Applying heat helped me tho some prefer ice. I hope you feel better soon. =)
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