I received 31 Botox head injections for migraines 5 days ago. How long does the injection pain last?

I got the injections 5 days ago and can not stand anything to touch the injection sites. I am a single mom and need to get rid of this feeling.

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Pain at the botox injection site

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Dear Kimwurzer,

I would advise that you contact your physician and have a follow-up appointment. It is unusual to have significant pain at the injection site 5 days later. You may have an infection or small hematoma at the site of injection. 

Virginia Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Pain After Botox For Migraines

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In general, Botox should not cause any pain at the injection sites after a couple of days. There is probably something else going on. I would definitely suggest speaking with the physician who did the injections. You may also want to consider switching from a 31 injection regimen to a 6 injection regimen. Approximately the same number of units is given but with far fewer needle sticks. Best of luck to youif.

Al Rosenthal, MD
Lawrenceville Plastic Surgeon

I received 31 Botox head injections for migraines 5 days ago. How long does the injection pain last?

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Botox can actually give a "Botox Headache" in 2% of people reportedly.  In my experience, this is much less.  I would consider this unusual.  I would see your doctor as soon as possible for evaluation.  

Jason Mussman, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Botox injection pain

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Thank you for your question.

Most patients have only minimal injection pain. Usually, there is some pain with the actual injection and a mild bruising pain the next 1-2 days.

It is unusual to have the amount of pain you describe 5 days after injection. I recommend you contact your physician and be seen for an evaluation to determine if there are associated complications with your treatment, such as an infection.

Best regards,

Dr. Stutman

Ross Stutman, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon

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