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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Got my first set of injections one week ago. Had a migraine the next day but went away when I took my zomig. But the next day the neck pain began at the base of my neck. Actually thought that I had slept wrong! Now it's travelled down to my lower neck and shoulders. It's horrible to bend over!! Hard to sleep and even to move at all. And to make it worse, I have to leave for a trip on Wednesday (13 hour drive). Not sure what to do about the pain during the trip. Any ideas for me???
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alhuff26...My neck pain lasted 2 months and I am still having trouble with it. OTC meds wont help because the neck muscles are weak. Best thing to do is rest and use ice with biofreeze (amazon) or moist heat if that helps. 15 min on 15 min off. Take it easy and don't overdue. Some don't have any reaction, some have slight neck pain and body aches, some are like me and have severe neck pain. Deffinger... I can't believe doctor gave it to you for tension headaches. Are they chronic? They don't recommend botox for anyone except for chronic and then it only reduces it a little bit. I was desperate but will NEVER do it again. I hope your neck starts feeling better
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I wish I had seen these reviews before I agreed to Botox for tension headaches. But then when desperate you are willing to try the latest. My doctor gave me quite a few shots in the temple, behind the ear, down the neck and into my upper shoulders. My neck is stiff and hurts, still having headaches, but they are different from tension headaches. My body aches like it did when I was diagnosed for fibromyalgia so 25 years ago. I am not going back for the 2nd round of shots. And, I personally am not recommending Botox for tension headaches. I feel like I have had a serious set back in my pain management.
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I had botox injection given to me in the er a few days ago. It has worked for the migraines mostly with the just twinges of headaches here and there. But i have disabeling muscle weeknesss from my shoulders down my arms to lower back and can do nothing but lay in bed. How do I get rid of this. Also no appitie.
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When I had my neck pain I put ice on neck area and had chiropractic adjustments done daily. I also purchased a neck brace and wore it when i was not at work. With time, approximately, 3 months, the pain did go away. I will never do botox in my neck area again. I would rather have the headaches.
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I had the same issue. The only thing that helped to relieve it was an icepack and some biofreeze (eucolyptis gel). Tylenol 3 helped take the edge off. It was like that for almost 6 weeks. I hope that doesn't happen to you. Cannot return to my waitressing job still due to the neck weakness. Doctor says it should have worn off by now.
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Still in pain 6 weeks on . I found a neck support has helped a little . It helps to know I not alone with this problem. The migraine pain is much better at least I got pain free days.
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I have had 4 rounds of Botox. The neck pain has reduced but I cannot hold my head up straight after over a year. My head tilts to the right. I really didn't notice but my hairdresser did. I have stopped Botox. It never helped my headaches. Hope things improve for you.
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Seven weeks on and the headaches have substantially reduced. The neck pain is still a killer would rather have the migraines back. Since the botox injections I have felt sick and dizzy anyone have that problem and did you find anything that helped?
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tylenol 3 helped a little. The only thing that really helped was putting biofreeze (you can get on Amazon) and an icepack. Havent gotten dizzy but did develop tingling down my arm and legs. Not sure if this is from the botox or not but it is quite a coincidence. Had an EMG done and said it wasn't neuropathy so who know? Dizziness can be from the migraines. I get that and the nausea sometimes in the past. Will never have botox again that is for sure. Not worth it. I am on facebook connected to a group "Chronic Migraine Awareness" and "Many Faces of Migraines". Lot of people on their have had botox. Good luck with the neck pain. My neck pain has gotten better but still flares up every day, especially when my migraine starts
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I had botox injection done a few days ago to relieve the migraines in the er. It so far has worked with only twinges of headaches here and there. But ever since i have this disabilitating muscle fatiuge in my shoulders arms and back. I can do nothing but lay on the couch. I also have no appitite at all. Makeing me nauseus.
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I had botox injections for first time for my migraines 3 weeks ago. I found it helped very quickly. 2 in my brow and 2 in back of my neck. It wasn't a high unit amount. I found my migraines went from a 9-10 to a 3-4. So i was incredibly excited. I regained energy and i could think more clearly and much more productive.. it was fantastic. Made me feel i had hope since i've had migaines all my life. Its quite a thing to function properly. But at close to 3 weeks in i felt sick, headaches, neck pain and a weird hot rash on neck and arms. I also had what i though was a bite on the back of my neck not on the injection site. It got extremely painful and i managed to relieve the fluid pressure and pain and it turned into a weepy wound. I was really sick and had to cancel appts and couldnt move and felt like passing out alot. So i didn't put together until 2 days ago that it might be allergy from the botox. Its allergy season so i though it was hayfever or something. I have to see my Doctor on Monday. I'll post what he says for others who need to know what to do in this situation.
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I just had Botox done 3 days ago. My head has been clear for two days now, but my neck is killing me. Especially when I bend over. The doctor gave me injections for chronic migraines and for a whiplash injury I suffer from two years ago. I am hoping this is not going to go on for months. I feel like I can't even hold my neck up. I keep icing it and using biofreeze on it to help. Even sitting is uncomfortable. How long does the neck pain last?
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I am having the same exact problem. Got about 12 shots for chronic neck spasms about 2 and half weeks ago and I can't hold my head up and it is painful. I am wearing a neckbrace 24 7 and I told the doc after a week and all he said is to trust him and here is some vicodin. My hope is that it disapates but how long will the pain be there is my fear (3 to 4 months) until the botox moves out of m body. I am in more pain now then before having the shots.
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I have slight head shaking dystonia and blepharespasm i was injected 10 days ago in the back of the neck and in the eyelids and under the eyes to stop the head shake and blinking, I have experienced the most awful pain in my neck shoulders and upper back , also a dropped eyelid which has improved but double vision and focus has not, I am in constant pain in my neck and shoulders, I have contacted the consultant but he said the pain in my neck was not caused by the botox I visited my doctor who prescribed diazapan to relax muscles and strong pain killers for the pain, has any one else suffered these symptoms and what have they found worked best for my conditions. lynne june 2014
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After a PA injected my neck with me telling her the whole time I had never been injected in neck before been having Botox for my migraines for years...she just keep telling me that my insurance would not pay if she didn't put it there. Well here I am one year later still hurting so bad every day can't hardly function just due to neck pain! My family Dr is wonderful helping me document everything getting me to a really great neurosurgeon to find out what has happen to my neck. And the I will be finding the best malpractice attorney!! If your already in pain why would anyone create more pain for you?? Look into this people it's just not fair that all of us are having so much more pain!! God bless you all I will have you all in my prayers. DD
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I had botox done for migraines about 6 years ago. It did not help at all and I still have a very weak neck! I am like a bobblehead. Cant even look up for more than a couple of seconds without having to use my hands to bring my head forward. I tried it for a year and it did not work at all. Best of luck to you guys!
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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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I still have fatigue and my injections were almost 2 months ago . I thought I could return to work but by the afternoon my neck is burning and spasming. I have to get off this roller coaster Ordeal soon. I want my life back. I have to constantly turn my kids down to do fun things bc momm's neck hurts. Going to my dr. Again and hoping for something to stop this constant pain. I have minimal quality of life all bc of this decision to get injected with Botox . I hope I get better soon I don't know how much more of this I can take . Maybe someone is out there suffering like me and needs support. Please email / post me a message. Most days I think people just don't understand how bad I feel.
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Had the injections two weeks ago feel constantly sick and have so much pain in my neck I could cry. Collapsed at the weekend and went to hospital told it was the vagus nerve probably upset by the botox. Never ever having botox again rather have the migraines at least I had some clear days.
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I had my injections on June 19th. The doctor at Swedish Neurology in Seattle was very rude even at the time of giving the injections. My pain in my neck started the same day and I have no rest with my pain so far. Is this going to be like this even after Botox effect wears off? Please some one who gone through this pain give me some advice. Thank you.
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I had my botox injections for cervical dystonia in my neck at Swedish Neurology in Seattle in April and have experienced head drop due to the neurologist injecting too much botox into certain muscles in my neck. I have been in misery and it is now July and my cervical dystonia is worse then ever. It was the first time I ever went to see her due to insurance reasons I had to switch drs. I have been having botox injections for over 8 yrs & never experienced anything like this. My first injections yrs ago i did get flu like symptoms and it did eventually ware off I think after a week so I am hoping your pain will go away. I f this was your 1st injection. I will never go back to her & I hope you are feeling better. I knew right after the injection i was in trouble by her procedure.
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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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