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 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 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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That is bad, and scary. That happened to me the last session. I eat small amounts at a time and help to wash it down with a water. And use a lot of protein shakes and yogurt =)
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That was One of the symptoms that they said was extreme and if it happened you should contact your doctor immediately. Please do that.
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Has anyone experienced blurred vision or problems trying to focus when reading? ?
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Yes - I am only 2 1/2 weeks out from my 1st injections but I have noticed that the focus takes a little longer, esp. in the mornings. Plus watery eyes when trying to do so. I can't offer any advice on this -- only that it is occurring with me to.
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I'm so glad I found this discussion. I had Botox injections a week ago, for the first time. After about 4 days my neck hurt and I had trouble swallowing. Both side effects have gotten worse in the last 3 days. I have trouble opening my mouth wide enough to get a forkful of salad in and to swallow without pain I have to manually hold up my head while swallowing. Please advise: Will these side effects happen every time I have the shots?
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Hi Talley, this happened to me but at different times. The first time I got botox my head was so heavy that when I bent over I would have to lift my head up with my hands. I had neck, shoulder and head pain that didn't go away until after my next round of injections. Then another time I got the injections I had a hard time chewing anything tougher than a banana. This time my pain doc's assistant gave me the injections and she did it too low on the sides of my head. I told her that it did this but she didn't believe me. The next time she did them on me I couldn't open my mouth and yawn without more pain. Thankfully another assistant came to the office and I started making my appointments with her. She is great, no pain. I didn't get relief until the end of my 2nd round of injections. The relief would last for about 2 1/2 months. It really does matter who gives them to you but sometimes we don't have a choice. the good news is that it does wear off after a few weeks (for me). I have been using botox for my headaches for 2 years now and it does help a lot. I have learned that each person that gives the injection does it a little different. You should tell your doc about it, hopefully they will believe you and go a little further back and a little higher up on the sides. I hope you are better soon =)
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Hi psilipo, many thanks for your comments. If you have been using botox for two years it sounds like the worst side effects are under control. I'm calling my doc tomorrow (he's a neurologist and he's the one who gave me the injections). I think the side effects are a little less each day but it may just be wishful thinking. But I don't wake with a headache every morning so I'd love to get this to the point where I get the benefits but not the drawbacks!
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You are most welcome! Yes it has gotten better for me. The pain completely goes away for almost 3 months. I do get headaches with barometric changes but they are not as bad... I feel the symptoms of the migraine occasionally but not the severe pain =) Hope it works as well for you!
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I had injections about 10 days ago... my first round. It wasn't too painful and the next 24 hours my headache was reduced. By day 3 after the shots, I had major neck and upper back/shoulder pain and I have a numb thumb. It's still numb. I had dizziness/vertigo and feel like I have a low grade flu. My dr said that I have to try it 3 times before I decide. This neck/upper back pain and head weakness are almost unbearable. I cannot lean over to do anything or my neck screams. The headaches now are worse than before the shots... have had one for 8 days straight now. I cannot use NSAIDS due to GI issues and percocet has not made a dent. This feels like when fibromyalgia started and I've spent the last 3 years working with PT and acupuncture to lessen that plus effects from 2 whiplash auto accidents. I feel like I'm now back at square one. Wish I hadn't done it. Hoping it wears off FAST. I cannot do this for 3 months. It's awful.
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I find that sitting in a recliner, partially reclined helps along with the pain meds. I didn't do anything at all. My husband made meals, hired cleaning people, came home at noon everyday to check on me. I never slept in bed again until he bought an adjustable bed so I could sleep in the bedroom with him. I went through the four rounds and the neck pain improved, although not completely but never got worse again either. I stopped after the fourth round. I hope you have gone through the worst and improve with every round. All my best to you.
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Thank u for responding! I seen the doctor last week as a follow up from my first set of injections. We discussed the neck issue and she had several things she'd like me to try: a script for narcotics and muscle relaxers, applying ice (not heat) right after, resting for at least two days and massage two weeks after. Again, she wants me to give it two more tries. I am going back once more and see what happens. Not sure about the third yet. My headaches are much better but she did warn me that when it gets close to time for my next set they (headaches) could increase.
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