Should I be able to feel some effect from Botox injections from migraines?

Should your head feel numb in places or what? I suffer from chronic migraines and had botox injections two days ago, but haven't noticed anything different yet.

Doctor Answers 4

Time Course Of Botox Effect on Migraines

Two days is too early to have any effect from Botox, so I don't believe the numbness you perceive is related to your Botox injection.  It usually takes several weeks to experience any relief from your migraine symptoms due to an injection of Botox.



Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Botox for headache

Good question.

You shouldn't feel numb.  Botox works to relax the muscles that cause headaches, as well as decrease the nerve firing that causes headaches but doesn't necessarily cause numbness. Also, botox takes at least 72 hours to take effect, and full effect can take up to 1 week.

Give it some time before you decide if it works for you.

Best of luck

Dr Rodman


Regina Rodman, MD
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botox for migraine reduction

You generally won't feel any numbness in the areas as Botox doesn't affect the sensory nerves. Hopefully you will see some reduction in the frequency and possibly intensity of your headaches within one month, maybe sooner.


Hope you feel better soon,

Dr. Norcom

Derek Norcom, MD
Portland Physician
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