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Posted by: Diane in Virginia
03/01/2004, 07:05:48


Hi, Everyone..
Do you apply an ice pack after your botox injections, to reduce any possible swelling at the injection sites?
Does your doctor supply it for you in the treatment room?
Do you bring your own?
Thanks!
Diane


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Posted by: Cynthia
03/01/2004, 08:06:10


I've never had ice applied after injections ... actually I never thought about it. I guess I never felt the need. It will be interesting to see what others share about this.
Cynthia in IL just back from Terrific Texas :-)



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Posted by: Diane in Virginia
03/01/2004, 16:16:07


Thanks for your input, Cynthia!
Another "technical" question for everybody- do you sit up in chair for the injections, or do you lie flat on a gurney (wheeled cot or stretcher)in the doctor's office?
I've had both with 2 different docs, & the lying-down technique seemed to produce less bruising, maybe because it's a better angle.



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Posted by: Cynthia
03/01/2004, 16:24:08


Because I've had only one doctor for the past several years, I've not had the option of lying down. It's done sitting upright in a chair. I've had minimal bruising. Hmmmm, an interesting question ... hopefully others who have had it both ways will share which they prefer.
Best wishes for good eye days for everyone!
Cynthia in IL



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Posted by: Anamarie
03/01/2004, 20:03:20


People in my support group have told me that they get injections both ways--some sitting and some lying down. I do not get injections now, but when I did they were always lying down in the doctor's office.

The doctor's nurse applied pressure to the injection sites and I never had ice. I did not think that the proceedure particularly hurt, but individuals perceive pain at different levels. There was a slight difference when my doctor started using a finer needle. On a few rare occassions I had a tiny bruise that went away in a day or so.

Sometimes at bedtime, if my eyes seemed a bit sore, I took a couple of Tylenol. The injections never really hurt, but at night I had the feeling that my eyes had been worked over and I had difficulty going to sleep.

Good luck,

Anamarie




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Posted by: Claire from Canada
03/04/2004, 20:10:12


Hi Diane,

I lie down and it is more comfortable this way. The injections are not painful for me at all, and I get many many. On occasion, the doctor will hit a tiny vein and there will be some bruising, usually not enough to require an icepack, but enough to warrant stares since I sometimes look like a have a black eye.

Anyhow, I want to share a funny anecdote since it is better to laugh than cry about stuff. I get injections in my neck, too, since I have meige and it really helps the spasms there. One time, my doctor hit a vein in my neck, and it got very swollen; I got a bump that was about the size and colour of a small blue plum!!! At first, it looked like a big bruise, but as it healed, it became lighter in colour, redish purple, and smaller, and it looked like a hickey (love-bite). It was quite embarassing and I had to wear turtle neck sweaters, and it was early summer. So, people at work especially, assumed that I was trying to hide my hickey, but I was trying to hide my bruise so that people would not think it was a hickey. Anyhow, it took about 3 weeks to heal and I was the talk of the town at work. I felt like a teenager!!

Have a good day!

Claire from Canada




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Posted by: Ann Doyle
03/05/2004, 10:48:32


Yeah, Sure Claire. That's a good story and I would stick with it.Ann



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Posted by: June in Toronto
03/01/2004, 16:09:40


Hi Diane - my doctor just applies pressure sometimes after the injections - this ususually stops any bleeding that occurs very infrequently. Some people have applied ice BEFORE the injections (I remember seeing posts on this many moons ago) to try and help with any pain they experience. It was even suggested that perhaps colder injection needles might work better for the pain, but I don't think this proved any good in the past. You should ask your doctor if there would be any problem with applying ice after the injections and then work out who will provide it if its ok. Best wishes.

June in Toronto, Canada




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Posted by: Diane in Virginia
03/01/2004, 19:44:39


Thanks, June & Cynthia!
Yes, best wishes to us all for good eye days!
Diane



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Posted by: Mary, upstate NY
03/01/2004, 20:00:34


I'll be going for my Botox injections tomorrow, and plan to take along (for the third time) a package of "petite frozen peas", which is very helpful to me to use before the shots are given, and during....I've always laid down for the shots, and sometimes have a "shiner" for a few days afterward, but not usually. The dr. (neurologist) always presses down on the spot where he has just injected, helping to keep any bleeding to a minimum. The shots are much less painful, using the peas! I had previously used Emla Cream before shots, but I found it very inconvenient and not much help. Mary



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Posted by: Peter from Brisbane
03/01/2004, 22:28:35


Hi Diane,

My doctor doesn't use ice packs. I lie down for the injections and - touch wood- haven't had any bruising as yet.

However - I do tend to get cranky for a day or 2 after. I don't know if this is a co-incidence or if this is some sort of reaction to Botox. Has anyone else ever had this reaction?

Peter from Brisbane - where we had the hottest February day on record last weekend - 42 degrees C or 108 degrees F.



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Posted by: Moderator-JB
03/04/2004, 12:12:58


Diane,

I've never used an ice pack for the shots around the eyes, however I do get shots in the back of my neck (for ST) at the base of the scull and I do use an ice pack there. It is very helpful. I've asked the doctor for the pack or brought my own.

As to sitting up or lying down while receiving Botox, I've done both and I seem to have the same results.

Have a great day,

Judy




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Thanks to you all!
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Posted by: Diane in Virginia
03/04/2004, 17:09:46


Many thanks to you all for sharing your experiences & insights!
I'm so grateful we have each other, & grateful for botox, side effects & all!



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Posted by: Amy
03/06/2004, 23:00:34


I was told to put hot packs on the injection sites to keep the botox from pooling therefore reducing the possibilities of the side effects - like drooping eyes or open locked jaws. So far it has worked well for me. I do however have good results with BTX and have not had side effects in my face. Maybe this has to do with the heat, maybe not. Just my experience.
Amy



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Posted by: June in Toronto
03/07/2004, 06:56:31


I like to use warm/hot pads over my eyelids after botox injections as well, Amy. I get side affects for up to 4 weeks (in the eyes themselves) and I find the the warmth so very comforting - I have to do this several times a day. We just have to do what helps - I'm sure you've given others a helpful hint.

June in Toronto, Canada




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