These occipital and cervical nerve blocks are generally given between the eight and ten week time span between the Botox treatments. They are supposed to hopefully bridge the gap until the twelve week Botox. The medicine is a type of lidocaine to numb the areas where the headaches occur most frequently. Sometimes the doctor will add a small amount of a steroid along with the lidocaine. This varies per doctor. It isn't exactly "fun" to receive more needles, but at least it isn't as many as the thirty one or so for the Botox injections. My forehead and neck get a bit red and lumpy but that doesn't last long. Overall, what minor and temporary discomfort I experience is NOTHING compared to what I endure with days of awful migraine. Hip hip hooray!
So, with permission, my dear Dr. Grosberg posed for a pic with me for my blog. He is excited when his patients help raise awareness for headache and migraine disorder. He is AWESOME and God has blessed me abundantly for putting him in my path. Truly! He is a gentle and caring physician who seems brilliant and who is constantly doing research to find more effective treatment for this disease.
Life is hard.
Life is messy.
Life is beautiful.
Here is my beautiful for the week