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botox side effects - neck pain?

  • alhuff26
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • 2 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 have had Botox done a few weeks ago, my neck has been so stiff that I have a very hard time turning my head, Dr. told me to put ice on it and still no relief. Even had chiropractic adjustment's been in pain everyday, would rather have a headache...not sure if I will have injections done in my neck again.
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This is my 2 nod treatment for migraines- and it's been 10 days and I've only had one bad migraine but I'm having such fatigue!!!! I've had 7 spine surgeries and truly do not think I've eever felt this much fatigue. I'm in bed right now typing this- cancelled an apt this morning because I could not get up! Help does anyone else suffer fatigue after Botox???
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Day 28 post Botox injection...Iam finally getting some energy back. My arms continue to be weak making it hard to do simple stuff like reach into my closet or brush my daughter's hair. Neck pain continues to be a problem and the worst thing is that I have had 8 days straight of migraines. Wasn't the reason I got Botox in the first place to reduce the number of migraines? Yep..I noticed that I can raise my eyebrows and make a frown face bringing when I raise my nose which I thought would have responded to the botox like previously. I am suspecting that my Dr. focused too much on my neck,shoulders, and spine vs my face and head with Botox placement. My face is so tight which is what I don't want b/c that makes my migraines worse. Sigh...I still have not been back to work yet. I am so frustrated. On the positive in addition to getting some energy back, I can walk a whole lap around my block without getting dizzy. Woo hoo! Does not sound like much but, I could not even walk unassisted when I went to the ER 15 days ago. The worst part of all of this is that I have no control as to the rate of my recovery. My Doctors tell me that it just has to work it's way out of my system. I did try Mestalon for a few days which they give to people with myestenia gravis to battle the weakness but, I was getting heart flutters and started getting a headache (frontal) so I ditched it as I was scared it was making things worse. How are my fellow suffers dealing with the daily ups and downs of all of this?
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Hey there! so glad you are getting better even tho it is a little at a time. I forget if I asked you - was this your first round? I have been doing botox for about 1 1/2 years. I had pretty bad and painful side effects for the first 3 rounds. Yes, the headaches got worse. They are called Botox headaches which they don't tell you about. I can say that after the 3rd round I started seeing results quicker with longer lasting results. A lot of people aren't willing to continue to see if they get results and some don't. My last round was unusual, I usually get the botox headaches, pain from the injections and muscle spasms. This time I got nothing, a little soreness at injection sites but the other pain wasn't there. I was very happy about that but here I am weeks later and seem to be having more neck pain, tension headaches and muscle pain. Not sure what is going on. I react to weather changes and the weather has been crazy so I am not sure what to blame it on. I hope you get relief from the headaches and side effects soon.... blessings =)
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I have had the injections for a couple of years with much success! I had to change drs because I moved states and I explained to my new dr after my first round of Botox and the neck problems he reduced the amount of Botox he injected in the 2nd go round and I had zero effects!! I must say as time has passed I have noticed more migraines happen however they are not as intense and the meds I have (not narcotic thank goodness for now make them go away) work! I do understand the Botox may stop working after a while I hope that is not going on! We did start doing Botox every 12 weeks instead of 90 days...
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2nd round
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2nd round
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2nd round for him not for me I have been doing this for years. The first time I was injected I had the all to familiar can't lift my head up by myself for weeks by myself side effect and so much pain!! 3 months later I went back for my regular injection and explained to him like I had my prior dr (that blew me off) my horrible side effect and he said ah I can fix that! And he did! By giving me less Botox at that site and it really did work
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Sounds like you were given too much much like myself in certain area/s that makes such sence too me. I am glad you were able to trust the new Dr. That must have been hard.
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Yes, I got mine on Fruday, and my neck, spine and pelvis and legs , hurt soooo bad...
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I had the series of injections nearly two years ago. It caused debilitating pain and weakness in my neck and I was unable to function, drive, work, or care for myself and my family for several weeks. After the initial intense symptoms wore off, I simply waited for the residual pain to go away. It never did. My neck problems have only gotten worse over the two year time period and I now have been diagnosed with osteoarthritic bone degeneration in the vertebrae in my neck. I am looking into it further to see if the two are related. It is worth noting that I never had any issues with my neck before these injections. I am in pain round the clock. The pain never fully subsides and has seriously impacted my daily life. I am so angry I could cry.
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Anyone having fatigue after Botox ?
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This is an email I got from this botox forum. It states that because I have some kind of side affects then I have botulism. Just because I have a side affects it don't mean I have botulism. Botulism is when the toxin enters the blood and you start to have symptoms like someone who has Botulism. There is a list of side affects related to Botox. The above comment has made very angry. Botulism is very rare firstly with only a couple of people from this forum having it. I had a panic attack last week from reading from this website. I am symptom free now after having a few side affects for the last 2 weeks. I'm not have symptoms of Botulism. I have neck pain yes but this could many due to many reasons. This isn't a sign I have botulism. Loads of people including celebrities have swollen eyes or droppy eyelids from the botox. This does mean they have botulism. No-one can diagnose this. I don't like being scared like this. I have no symptoms anymore apart from neck pain and feel I'm a ticking timebomb because of what I've been told. Yes you can get symptoms of botulism months later but this is rare. Usually people would suffer symptoms within a few weeks or so and you would know if you have botulism. I am extremely active.
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I agree botulism is far worse one dr called my symptoms late effects of Botox I call it too much damn Botox
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Hi Julie, was this your first round of botox? I am on my 2nd year of botox for my headaches. The first round was terrible, I had severe neck pain and my headaches actually got worse and stayed that way for 3 months. I wasn't going to do it again, but my doc talked me into trying it because supposedly they are trying to get the muscles to 'remember' to stay relaxed. So I did. I had the same pain but did get a little relief at the very end of the 3 months. So I tried it again and got relief for 3 months. Each time I did the botox treatments there were usually some type of side effect, pain, problems chewing, pain when yawning, trouble lifting my head from a lowered position BUT I talked to my doc and thankfully there was another MA in the office that could administer my injections. The person that did them initially was using too much and wasn't placing them far enough back on the sides of my head so it affected my chewing and yawning. I just got another round about 2 weeks ago and usually I have pain for hours after the injections, but this time there was no pain. Just sore at the injection sites. I get about 85-90% relief from botox and can function much better in life. After the 1st injection I realized that I was too tense and anxious before my appts so I started taking a muscle relaxer and xanax about 2 hours before my appt. This helps to relax the muscles so they don't stay stressed for 3 months. How are feeling today? If this was your first round the neck pain may last for months. If you are able to use muscle relaxers, that may help in addition to moist heat. There are mixed reports about botox and it works well for some but not at all for others. I am concerned about long term use and put if off for 5 years. I can honestly say that I am thankful for botox. I hope that I don't have to do it for years more but right now very thankful and aware of the side effects so that I don't get so stressed out.
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Hi Psilipo. This my 3rd time of Botox. I was fine the last 2 times but this time I hade side affects. Maybe It was a shock to my system but it's now been just over 2 weeks and I feel so much better. I have no symptoms at all now apart from sometimes my neck feels abit tite but I don't even think about it. It's very mild. I heard that symptoms can come and go and I just hope they don't come back after 4 months or so. I'm off out tomorrow for the first time since my botox and I'm hoping I'm okay to have a drink. I want things to back to normality. I'm glad that most of these symptoms do go after the botox wears off. I still have 2 swollen eyelids. The funny thing is that my eyelids are normal in the morning and swell up in the afternoon. I suppose botox can be a relieve when you suffer with migraines
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My neck felt the same. It was difficult to lift my head and felt as if my neck was going to fall off.
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I am glad to hear that you are doing better! I also have some neck pain and muscle tension that started this week. I am not sure why I didn't have any pain from the injections this time? but happy about that. Usually for me it takes a couple of weeks for the muscles to settle down but I find if I use them too much cleaning or on the computer or whatever, they will tighten up and I will have to rest them. But all in all for me it is a huge relief for my migraines. I haven't heard anything about not being able to drink with botox. I have a sister-n-law that gets botox cosmetically and she drinks, but again I don't know that for sure. I am glad you are able to get out and enjoy your life =)
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I have had major relief from my migraines, but still struggle with tightness in my shoulders and trouble holding my neck at certain angles, cleaning especially sweeping and dusting. It has been about 2 1/2 months since my injections , and it is better than it first was. Just has to run it it's course. I will get the injections again but will request no shots in my neck or shoulders.
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Me too
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Every kind of pain is really creates a great difficulties in our regular life.Specially neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain etc. I can't tolerate this kind of situation. Because those pain causes lots of bad effects in our whole life. That's why I am always try to remove this kind of situations and also try to fit myself every time.
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I just had my third round of botox for migraines yesterday. I have had good results with the injections, decreasing my migraines from 12-16 migraine days a month ( and all the other days of the month, a headache to some degree) to 4-7 migraine days and even some non-headache days. I have a severe neck problem from a whiplash years ago which has always been a problem along with the migraines. The botox does lessen the neck pain, although the first couple of days after, I have some discomfort but not severe. I notice about toe weeks prior to time for injections again, that my neck is horrible with pain and spasms. Has anyone tried Cefaly to prevent the migraines that still break through? It was recently approved by FDA.
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Has anyone had to go to the ER because of neck pain/spasms after getting Botox to treat migraines? If so was it helpful?
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I had botox injections in my neck for head tremors 5 months ago and am still having pain in my left arm, neck and shoulder. I have not had a full nights sleep since about 3 days after the injections. Went from searing pain to a lesser pain but now my arm is so stiff after a couple hours sleep when I move it it hurts so bad wakes me up every single night and I do not have full range of motion in my left arm can lift above my head have hard time just putting a shirt on and off....anyone else going thru this?
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