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[FONT=Comic Sans MS] Hi Molly,

I have used botox injections for about 4 years for migraine prevention. It was a Godsend for me... However, most of my migraines were triggered by pain in my neck. I have a lonnnng history of migraines. Had then since I was in my 20's and I'm 55 now.

I was desperate as NOTHING was helping me. I tried every drug know to mankind as a preventative and I couldn't use the abortives EVERY day... so my doctor (neuro) tried botox injections.

The thing is you have to be patient. It took me 3 series of injections (once every 3 months or 6 months) before I noticed the tiniest difference and then the 4th one was a charm!!! I had read it takes a while for botox to work and I stuck with the expensive injections ($600 each) because my insurance was covering them and it was easy to give it a really good chance to work like that.

So, if you can afford it, allow 3 sessions before giving up on them. If you are used to migraines the injections are quite painless... just little pinpricks of pain in various sites. You and your doctor can determine the sites. At first I had so much pain my jaws seemed to be in a constant "clench" . I had a few injections there and the release was amazing... you'd be surprised at how much pain is in clenching one's jaw.

I wish you the best. Migranes are no fun to say the least. You say you are allergic to triptans... How so? and which ones have you tried. I am using Amerge and its been great for me. My migraines have been triggered a lot my hormones my whole life and Amerge is the triptan considered best for those kind. On a good note, menopause, which I am now officially through also brought me some relief.

Have you gone the anti-depressant route for migraine preventative? It seems insurance companies want to know you have tried everything and anything before they will cover botox injections.

Good luck and let me know how things turn out for you.