*Edit: About an hour and a half before we had to leave, I got a phone call saying that my procedure was cancelled. Apparently there was an issue with the funding for the Botox. I am quite upset and am just hoping it will be sorted so that things can be rescheduled.*
Today I’m off to the hospital to get Botox injections!
No… I’m not getting them in my face to avoid wrinkles, although that’s certainly what many people think of when they hear Botox.
I’m getting Botox injected into the inside of my stomach, in the hope that it will help my gastroparesis.
It sounds like an odd way to treat my condition, but it makes sense. Botox is injected into the pyloric sphincter (the exit out of the stomach), which helps allow the muscles to relax, helping food to move through easier.
It is not a cure, nor is it even a guaranteed treatment. I’ve been warned that it usually works, even to some extent, but it may not. It also does not typically last long term, with most people seeing a reduction in symptoms for 1-6 months. Despite this, it’s worth trying as it could provide me with some relief to the constant nausea I have, and the daily vomiting, bloating, and other symptoms. I’ll try anything!
The injection is done by endoscopy, so the process is, sadly, familiar to me.
It’s done by sedation, so they set me up with an IV line and, when ready, they give me something to sedate me. You feel sleepy, and then just basically sleep through the procedure.
You might also get a throat spray beforehand to numb your throat, and you will get a special thing to hold in your mouth that helps to protect your teeth.
The procedure is quick, and over before you know it!
Afterwards, they will wheel your bed into a recovery area to let you sleep and rest for a bit. Then, in my experience, they usually feed you some tea and some biscuits, before letting you go home.
I’ve had a few endoscopies now and so I know generally what to expect. The difference this time is the injection! That means I might react a bit differently, and the recovery will be different as I’ll be reacting to the Botox.
I might not know right away if the injection worked, but I’m very hopeful. I will update you on how I am doing, as soon as I can, and as soon as I know how well the injection worked.
It’s also incredibly good timing that I’m having my Botox injection the day before August 1st, as August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month, so look out for some special posts from me for that!