Botox how long before it starts helping?


Posted by todd , Apr 04,2001,17:15   Archive
I just recieved a Botox injection yesterday. No improvment yet. how long does it normally take to start helping?


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Posted by Cynthia , Apr 04,2001,17:28 Top of Thread Archive
Some claim that it starts almost immediately, but the medical people ususally say you will have relief in a few days. I used to be so relieved to have the shots overwith that I think I imagined they were working the first day. Are these your first shots? I'm sure you'll be noticing improvement soon.



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Posted by Shirley-Arkansas-USA , Apr 04,2001,18:09 Top of Thread Archive
Hi Todd,
Welcome to the bulletin board. Most doctors say that you will start seeing results within a few days to two weeks. So, just be patient for awhile and check in with us and let us know how you are doing. It usually takes me two weeks to get the full benefit from the botox. Like Cynthia said, some people say that they start getting immediate results. Ask whatever questions you like and we will try to answer.
If you have not already done so, check in with the BEBRF. Their address can be found in the Welcome to Newcomers at the top of the bulletin board page. They will send you a packet of information and let you know about subscribing to the newsletter, which is very worthwhile. I might also recommend that you go to the top of this bulletin board page and click on BEBRF Main Page. It will take you to a sight that has tons of information about Blepharospasm and treatment option. Read as much as you can and then if you still have questions, please ask us. We are happy to have you join us. Looking forward to hearing from you again. If you like, you could tell us a little about yourself and your symptoms and when things started.
I'm 49 and have had Blepharospasm for 2 years now. I'm married and have two sons, 17 and 20 and had to quit my nursing job because of the Blepharospasm.
Once again welcome,
Shirley in AR,



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Posted by todd , Apr 04,2001,19:30 Top of Thread Archive
Thanks for your replies. Actually I only have a minor twitch in the top left eyelid. It does not blink shut; it twitches from side to side or left to right. I have had it for a year or two, and just got tired of the annoyance. The doctor fist thought it was too minor to treat but gave me my choice and I wanted to try the botox since the twitch is pretty annoying. He only gave me 5 units of Botox to start with. I am 41 married with two children.

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Posted by Shirley-Arkansas-USA , Apr 04,2001,20:49 Top of Thread Archive
Todd, I'm sorry that the twitch has lasted that long. I'm sure that it has been quite an annoyance for you. I've had them before, in years past but they never lasted that long. I'm glad that you don't have blepharospasm, though.
I feel quite certain that the botox will help with your symptom and then I hope that it never reoccurs. Your doc may have to experiment with the dosage a little or site for the best results but I think that it will work. I'd be interested in knowing, so check back with us if you would.

Shirley in AR.




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Posted by June in Toronto (June Floyd,June in Toronto), Apr 04,2001,21:08 Top of Thread Archive
Hi Todd, welcome to the bulletin board. I get 90 units of botox about every 4-5 months BUT it takes 3-4 weeks before I get relief. Everybody is different. Hope your botox works for you soon.

June in Toronto




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Posted by Sally - in - Idaho , Apr 04,2001,22:19 Top of Thread Archive
Hi Todd ... Welcome to the BB. I think you are the first person (since I've been hanging out here) to report having had Botox for a little tic or twitch. It will be interesting to see how it works for that purpose. It usually takes me about 10 days or so to get the full effect of Botox, which I have 100 units of every two months. I am doing quite well on that program as far as spasms, just so long as I don't get too tired or stressed. Photosensitivity is propbably my worst problem when the Botox is working.

Please come back often and give your input, feel free to ask any questions. There is always someone who will try to answer or steer you to a place to find answers.

Sally in North Idaho where it was a most beautiful day.




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Posted by todd , Apr 06,2001,21:33 Top of Thread Archive
Well it has been three full days since my Botox injection and I don't see any difference at all. have you ever went that long after and injection without seeing any difference?

thanks in advance

Todd




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Posted by Sally - in - Idaho , Apr 06,2001,21:59 Top of Thread Archive
Oh yes, Todd. Not many people get relief right off the bat. Most seem to report about a 10 day to two-week wait. For myself, it's a week to 10 days. Don't get impatient and give up yet.

Sally in North Idaho




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Posted by June in Toronto (June Floyd,June in Toronto), Apr 07,2001,06:10 Top of Thread Archive
Hang in there, Todd, it seems to take different times for different folk. For me it takes 3-4 weeks at least before my eyes improve after the botox injections. Take care

June in Toronto




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Posted by Connie Gaskell , Apr 07,2001,07:34 Top of Thread Archive
Todd, don't give up. My first botox took three weeks to start working. This bulletin board is wonderful. I would have given up long ago if I hadn't compared my progress, problems, and quirks with everyone else who posts on this board.



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Posted by Mary G , Apr 12,2001,19:31 Top of Thread Archive
Dear Todd, Do not get discouraged, as learning about Botox and how your body will respond to it varies quite often. I have been getting Botox for over one year now and every time my "waiting period" is different. Once after three weeks, I called my doctor and said nothing is happening and he had to reinject after only three weeks. Perhaps a less potent batch of Botox. I go every seven weeks--today was my day. It will take about 4-5 days to kick in then I have 5-6 good weeks, then back in the seventh week for more Botox. Wish I were one of the lucky ones to go only three months... Give it some time and soon you will be able to tell the signals from your body when you need to go for more, or if it is not working for you like it could (or should). I am fortunate that it works for me, even for seven weeks. Hang in there and listen to your body.. it will tell you what to do. This takes a while to learn.. A week before I need to go several things happen to me and I know it is time, but this is only because I have been there longer than you have. Good luck and know you will get a handle on this. Mary



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