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    Botox for Migraines  – Yes, 24 needles 


    Botox for Migraines!  Yes, 24 Needles!

     

    Let’s go back in time a bit and I will give you a bit of history on my Migraines.

    When I was 24 or so, my then fiancée and I were horsing around and we slipped on the hardwood floor.  I went backwards and hit my head on the dining room table.  OUCH!  It hurt and I had an immediate headache, swelling and bruising.  Almost a month later I got my first migraine and it started where I hit my head.  I was in bed for almost three days and it was brutal because I had no clue what was going on.  I suffered through the next which was only a couple of weeks after that.  The next one landed me in the ER because the pain, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and desperate need to be in the dark was too much.  The ride to the hospital and waiting in the ER was torture but that’s when I was told it was a migraine.  They gave me a shot for pain and nausea along with two IV bags of fluids as I’d gotten dehydrated.  I was referred to a neurosurgeon who I saw in the hospital about three weeks later.  He confirmed that I had migraines but no it could not have happened to me by hitting my head.  I disagree with that but okay.  I had a diagnosis.  I found out that this is what my poppa had suffered from all his life.  I just always knew to be quiet if he was in his room with the blinds and doors closed.

    The diagnosis and journey with medication and trying to get the migraines under control before they start was long.  I didn’t get migraines while pregnant with either of my kidlets which was a godsend.  Migraines would come on without much warning that I could tell at the time.  Now, I get an aura (didn’t understand it back then) that I’ve always had prior to migraines.  We had tried Imitrex but it landed me in the ER with chest pains.  Fiorinal C1/4 would become the migraine medication that worked for me along with Gravol, which is an antiemetic.  Migraines have me in my room with room blackout blinds closed tight. ear plugs in with an ice pack on the back of my neck, antinausea medication, a flat ginger ale and pain medication.  Sleep and time are really the only things that work for me.  Over the years, I’ve done all the eliminations to try to find the triggers and the only one that I can find is chocolate.  I can have a couple of pieces, a chocolate bar or a piece of cake but if I have more I’ll pay for it later.  My other trigger is the weather.  It’s any change in the barometric pressure; rain – yes, snow – yes you name it, I get a migraine.

    That neurologist all those years ago was the only one I ever saw.  Fast forward to 2014 when my health took an even further nosedive when I started collecting specialists.  I was referred to a pain specialist and neurologist in 2015.  On December 19th I received a phone call reminding me of my Thursday appointment in just a couple of days.  I was pretty shocked because I’ve been meticulous about organising my appointments.  I confirmed it and put it on my schedule.  I was really impressed with the doctor from the get go.  Nice low lighting so as to not trigger migraines, comfy chairs (really important to a person with chronic pain) and short wait.  I was in the appointment for almost an hour and left with a prescription I had to try before my insurance would cover the Botox, a referral for an MRI and prescription for the Botox and a plan to work on getting my migraines under control.

    My follow-up appointment went well.  Just a few days later, I received a letter from my prescription insurer that they would cover the Botox and the guidelines.  I called the doctor’s office and yes for a cancellation got an appointment early the next week.  I had to bring $150 cash as OHIP doesn’t pay for the administering of the serum but it’s better than $1000.

    The big day came, my mom drove me.  I went to the pharmacy in the medical plaza because the doctor likes the serum to have just thawed.  I guess that’s the best way to use it and the doctor’s preference.  Again, waiting is only minutes.  Then he tells me about the 24 shots and the initial map that he uses on all patients the first time.  The second and subsequent visits would allow for the customization of the injection points.

    Then he tells me about the 24 shots Click To Tweet

    Side effects were very minimal for me.  I had some pain in my left ear area and will inform the doctor on my next visit.  As for the not being able to move my eyebrows properly, I haven’t seen this issue or for me, it’s a non-issue.

    My next appointment is in June and so far my migraines are still present and have not reduced in numbers.  Spring with the weather changes is always a horrible time for my migraines.

    Do you get migraines?  Are they affected by weather?  Have you tried Botox?  I hope you enjoyed reading my migraine journey and will share your migraine journey with me!

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    The Total Protection Package by ImmunizeLABS Review

    The Total Protection Package by ImmunizeLABS Review

    “I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. ”

    Before I was selected ImmunizeLABS had several questions for me about my health, what were my illnesses, what were my symptoms before I was selected to try the product.  I think that this in itself is a reason to trust in this company.  They didn’t want me trying a product that was not right for me.  ImmuizeLABS started out of trying to figure out what was wrong with Christine.  Like a lot of us, Christine had been diagnosed with  CFS/ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis).  Her Husband Pascal set out to find a way to cure Christine and how their products were developed and you can read their story here: https://immunizelabs.com/pages/about-us

     

    Our health is the most precious gift we have and is our responsibility. The best way to avoid doctors,… Click To Tweet

     

    Once I was accepted, I was sent my sample package very quickly.  The bottles were packaged very well and all arrived safe and intact to me.  I received Kit 2 The Total Protection package, which included two bottles of Pain Relief, one bottle of Boost and Shield.  This is a 30-day supply.  The bottles did not need refrigeration.

     

    Total protection that includes:

    • pain and inflammation prevention
    • immune system boosting to fight infections and recover faster
    • cellular boosting for disease resistance and added energy
    • 1 Month supply of Pain and Inflammation protection (2 Bottles)
    • 1 Month supply of Shield immune boosting protection
    • 1 Month supply of Boost cellular health boosting protection
    • $30 discount
    • Free shipping
    • $250

    These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease or illness.

    *Always consult with your healthcare professional before starting any supplementation program, before taking or stopping any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have any health problem.

    Source:  ImmunizeLABS

     

    I had been ill in that I was very nauseous as with most days of my illness so I waited to start taking the regimen.  The instructions were simple, take two tablespoons of Pain Relief and a tablespoon of Boost and Shield first thing in the morning with 4 ozs of water.  (Somehow I missed that I could take it with apple juice)  To start you only need to take a teaspoon and build up to the recommended dose over the first week.  The smell of Pain Relief turned my stomach more than it usually is in the morning.  I had to take just the Boost and Shield together.  None of the products I tried needed to be refrigerated and that is pretty awesome in a product that has no added sugar, no artificial ingredients, no GMO’s, no soy, no dairy, no nuts and the only added natural flavours are organic cocoa, stevia, cinnamon oil, and ginger oil.

    Did it work?  I really can’t say.  I’ve been taking Boost and Shield and I haven’t gotten whatever the nasty bug is that my family has been plagued with.  I have lupus and I catch everything and anything I catch can cause complications.  Did I not catch it because I’ve been supplementing with Boost and Shield?  I hope so.  Two of the three people in my home other than me have had to go get antibiotics for whatever the bug is they have.

    If ImmunizeLABS could come up with a caplet form of the formulas then I would be able to take all the formulas.  I think that once there are other flavours, as mine was chocolate, their products will appeal to wider range of people. As someone who has taken way too many prescription medications in my lifetime, a chance to try something that is natural and good for my body instead of synthetic and chemicals is an honor to try.

    If you are interested in trying any of ImmunizeLABS products yourself, please check them out and KRISTIN10 will get you a 10% discount on any purchase until June 1st, 2017.  Also, shipping is free on orders over $200. 

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    PillDrill a Fun New Medication Management System

    “I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. ”

     

    PillDrill a Fun New Medication Management System

    Opening the Box

    I was never so excited to receive an acceptance from a campaign because I really really wanted to try the PillDrill.  It arrived very quickly from the time I was approved.  Due to illness, which is why a lot of my blog is about Chronic Invisible Illness, I didn’t pick up my mail for a few weeks.

    It was really easy to set up. Even my mom could set it up for herself if she wanted to.  I knew where I wanted to put the device portion and I had to clean up my nightstand in order to do so.  Nightstands and illness can be a dumping ground! Instead of plugging it into an outlet, I plugged it into my USB hub that has four ports in it.  Even with an iPhone, iPad, Fitbit all plugged in, the Pill Drill did not overload the hub.  The instructions said to let it charge for a couple hours so I left it alone and then set it up later in the day.

    Basic set up was EASY!  My mom is very technologically terrified and I know she could set it up. (Yes mom, you could!)  I downloaded the Pill Drill App to my iPhone.  It’s available for Android too.  I’ve just checked and you can download the app on your iPad as well.  I like to think I’m tech savvy and it was a breeze.

    Top: on my nightstand, Bottom Left: My previous mess of medications, Bottom Right: All organized for the week and all my morning pills showing in the pod

    I was worried that all my pills wouldn't fit into the pods but they do! Click To Tweet

     

    I was worried that all my pills wouldn’t fit into the pods but they do!  I take 12-15 in one full swoop first thing in the morning.  I didn’t put my nausea medications into the pods because I tend to take them earlier than my other medications most days.  I only used the one strip for a couple weeks and now I’m using one for the morning and one for bedtime.  I also have an alert set up for my bedtime medication more on that in a bit.

     

    Compatible with any type of health regimen.

    Keep your medication in its original packaging? Our scanning tags attach to pill bottles and irregularly shaped items alike. Use a weekly pill organizer? Ours was custom-built for superior ergonomics and compatibility.  There is no one size fits all with medication, so whatever the specifics of your regimen PillDrill has you covered.                                                                                source:  PillDrill

     

    There are a few things I’d like to see changed or upgraded somehow:

    • The light – there is no way to dim it completely
    • The Sound the unit makes to give you notifications – it gave me bad hospital memories.  I’d like to be able to change it somehow.  One of my two dogs absolutely went nuts at the sound, the other it didn’t bother her.
    • I think that the unit could be a bit smaller.
    • A way to keep the strips together for travel.

    What I loved:

    • Ease of use, unit, the app, the strips and pods.
    • The mood cube is seriously the best and a fun way to track your moods, how you’re feeling
    • The color is my favorite blue
    • The notifications on the app via my iPhone was perfect.

    What I didn’t use:

    • the scanning tags and holders

     

    Video courtesy of The PillDrill’s website

    Overall I loved the PillDrill and will keep on using it.  Its price is steep but with all inventions, you can hope if comes down. I didn’t travel anywhere so I don’t know how the strips and pods would fair in my hectic packing.  I happened to be at the hospital getting some tests done and my app let me know I needed my pills and I was able to pause them until I got home.  I can only think of what my poor dog Ranger was doing because he hated it and would let me know the second that it went off to turn it off.

    I hope you enjoyed my review of The PillDrill.

     

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