Botox® Experiences - Carolyn Jender
My HFS started in 1991. I was diagnosed then but was told that it would be crazy to have brain surgery for something that was not life threatening.
I suffered though several different medications with no relief whatsoever. I refused to have Botox®, as I did not think it wise to inject poison into my system. Then my doctor told me I should at least go and talk to the doctors at Rush Presbyterian here in Chicago as they had pioneered the Botox® treatment.
It had taken me almost four years to be convinced to try Botox®. The doctors at Rush, however talked me into it. I did get relief from the spasms, however I have had some terrible side effects.
One time my eye was paralyzed open. I had to tape it closed at night and wear dark glasses all
the time. Almost every time I got my shots, I would get extremely sick for two or three days starting a couple of days after I received the Botox®. My face was usually lopsided. Sometimes it paralyzed the lower part of my face and I could not smile. Controlling drool and eating became a problem at times. I feel at this time I have permanent damage to parts of my face because of Botox®. I would NEVER recommend Botox® to anyone unless it was their last possible option.
Surgery sounds so much easier to me right now.
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Carolyn Jender, October 17, 2003
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