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Botox: "I Thought I Was Going to Die"

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Wellston, OHLike many patients, Rhonda D. says she was never told about the negatives of Botox, just the positives. However, she had a very bad reaction to Botox and still suffers from some of the side effects. Some patients who have experienced adverse reactions to Botox are considering a possible class action lawsuit against Allergan, the manufacturer, alleging they were not adequately warned about the risks.

"When I first discussed it with the plastic surgeon, everything was positive about Botox," Rhonda says. "They tell you that you'll have no side effects.

Botox Lips"I had 10 injections [on January 10, 2008] by the doctor, which I thought seemed like an awful lot for the first time. After the first injections, I felt heat go down my throat and into my chest, which I now know is not normal. I live an hour away (from Columbus, Ohio where the injections were given). By the time I got home, my face had started to swell and the left side looked like someone hit me in the face.

"After three days, I couldn't open my mouth. It continued, so I went to the hospital and they said they had never seen anything like this. They put me on steroids and antibiotics. After that, I started to get sick and ran fevers. I actually ran fevers for five weeks. My whole body hurt and I was not able to do anything. I just kept going to the doctor—I was still swollen and still getting pain. I couldn't talk and I felt like I couldn't get my tongue to move properly. My throat felt like it was closing up.

"I was hospitalized Feb. 19, because I was losing muscle strength in neck. I couldn't hold my neck up. In fact, I still have problems talking—certain words won't come out right.

"It has been horrible. I have been passing out and I haven't done anything except go to doctors for three months. I saw an ear, nose and throat doctor, who diagnosed me with dysplasia of the throat. This has affected my whole face, my body, my life. I haven't been able to be a mother. I've been sick to my stomach. I felt like someone set me on fire on the inside. The inside of my mouth was swollen: I had fluid pockets inside my mouth and my gums overlapped my teeth. I was a mess.

"I think the injections by my eyes moved into my mouth area. It really affected my face—it looked like I gained 10 pounds just in my face. I had problems with vision: I could not get my eyes to focus. I thought I was having a nervous breakdown because my mind was telling my body to do things but my body wouldn't do them.

"It has been really, really bad. I still have symptoms and it's going on three months. The plastic surgeon said the Botox would be out of my system in 30 days, but it's now 90 days and [I've been told] the damage can last five to six months, with some damage being permanent.

"I don't suggest anybody ever get Botox done. I almost died from this adventure. It has really affected my family. My nine-year-old daughter asks every night before she goes to bed if I will die. I used to panic because I didn't know what was wrong with my throat and I was scared to be alone. I've been told I have complete nerve damage in my face from the swelling lasting so long.

"I felt really alone. I got to the point where I thought I was going to die..."

Rhonda is not the only patient to suffer an adverse reaction to Botox. If you have had Botox injections and suffered from serious side effects, contact a lawyer, who can help determine if you are eligible to join a class action lawsuit against the maker of Botox.

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Went to to a plastic surgery consult for eyelids (need because one drooped after another medical procedure) the nurse that took me back was the botox injector and started talking to me about Botox. I said "I'm a little afraid of that stuff". When the doctor came in he was so angry and hostile at me for saying Botox scares me (wasn't even there for that) and he basically berated me for 20 minutes of my consultation because I had the audacity to question the safety of Botox. My life was destroyed by steroids 2 and 1/2 years ago. After researching steroids, that they hand out like M and M's, many, many people have had catastrophic things happen with steroids. Doctors deny it, the FDA ignores it, and the people who are the collateral damage don't matter. I understand that steroids CAN BE a life saving treatment, but they are giving it for coughs (me) and poison ivy A LOT now. They don't even look to see if you have contraindications for using it like anxiety, PTSD, depression. They refuse to acknowledge this happens to many people JUST EXACTLY like the scenario you tell of Botox. Pharmaceutical companies are greed/profit driven and their salespeople are our so-called doctors. The FDA is NOT protecting us from this corruption. Thank you everyone posting for confirming my suspicions that it cannot be as safe as they are telling everyone. p,s. Have read the same horror stories for all the osteoporosis "medications" they have cooked up. Don't automatically believe your doctor, the pharmaceutical companies claims and don't assume the FDA is protecting you!!

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Scared to death! I have had Botox injections 3 times this year so far.The first time around i ahd some fatigue for a week and was gone after that. The second time around ,my doctor up it to 36 units and again some down time of sadness, anxiety ,and Fatigue.A month ago I had it done again But this time I told the doctor do exaclty what you did before after a week was fine and looked great! My doctor did not i repeat did not do what i asked .He gave me 40 units all over the forehead froe upper forehead solid and did injections around my eyes .I literally felt ill and when I got home I had ptosis skin was laying on my eyelid I had to lift it to put eyeliner on and finally gave up.I was frowning My mouth even looked sad ,My eyes looked sad.I Then started having horrible anxiety ,In which I had before immediately after but diminished after a few days.Not this time I started crying at the drop of a hat couldnt think straight ,lashing out,at people and sometimes not quite rememering what I have said. My meory is so bad its like somebody turned a switch on me .Nothing looks the same its liek im in a dark place .I feel sick like I have a sinus infection went to doctor .He put me on antibiotic .No change as of yet. I will be going to ER if this continues last night was tuff .I couldnt sleep because of oh and yes I have had a bad headache since my last injections .i keep thinking I have somekind of infection in my brain .The headache is horrible across my forehead where I had the injections . Sorry my typing is bad But so am I right now .My husband keeps asking if I am ok? This is so hard to handle .I dont think I have smiled or laughed since the injections .I did go back to my doctor. 2 weeks after and he said he was sorry he would give me half off my next injections even more. He cause the mishap ptosis and when his assisstant showed me the computer showing where he had injected , half of the injections were missing on both times .I asked him why he got very upset with me he wouldnt show it to me again or answer any of my questions .It was like he went into protective mode .I was just wanting answers hey I am suffering here and he wouldnt listen after that.He is now denying that he ever said he made a mistake and bla blah. So now I cant talk to him about what has been happeneing Its been a months and no change i am seriously suffering and its scarey to feel like your out there with no working mind .I woke up this morning lids are worse how can that be ? I thought yesterday it may be getting better but now worse than before .Please if anyone can understand this or relate and any suggestions please contact me .I am a mess here come the tears arg contact me at Kropikc@yahoo.com Good luck to you all .Oh and the second round it did complete opposite! My mood was so high I had such confidence Up all the time mood was great My husband loved it and this is complete opposite . So there is something to this and people should be warned .stay at low doses !

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I received 4 injections of botox 12 days ago for TMJ and migraine symptoms. I figured I'd try this out in a very small dose before trying the full botox for migraine treatment. It was my first time getting any kind of botox injections. About four days afterward, I laid down to go to sleep and was hit by a wall of severe anxiety that wouldn't go away. It lasted all night and the next day. It lasted, non-stop for four days. I had trouble sleeping those few nights. The anxiety went away the next few days, but resurfaced last night when it was time to sleep. I have terrible anxiety and insomnia now. I'm an anxious person, but when life calls for it. Nothing happened to me, except for botox. Now, all of a sudden, I can't function like myself. I can't breathe normally. The severe anxiety is unlike anything I've ever experienced in my life. I have trouble sleeping now and again, who doesn't, but nothing like this. I find I'm almost asleep or I fall asleep for a hour or two and then wake up with horrible anxiety burning in my stomach and feel like I'm going to die. I got botox in hopes of eliminating some of my migraines and it hasn't helped at all. I've had just as many, because I can't sleep enough to keep them away. All in all, getting botox has been the worst mistake and choice I could've made. I regret it.

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I had botox in November 2013 for nerve pain in my arms and headaches after a car accident. The dr. Said the botox would shut diwn my nerves and muscles then they would come back and be able to work together again. Well the botox turned my arm muscles into mush. It has taken several years to regain my muscles. I had dizziness, light ans sound sensitivity, arms so fatiqued that I couldnt even wipe my counters, muscle spasms in my arms. My EMG was similiar to ALS and muscle biopsy showed changes to my mitochondria. Accupuncture helped. It is almost 5 years and everyday I have up to 8 episods where my arm muscles tense up, fatique then I get hot. My body really stuggles in the sun too.

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Don’t even know where to begin. I received my first injections over a year ago never felt the same wrinkles on my four head came back I was in a dental office having a dental procedure and they offered Botox forgetting about how I felt from the first series and not really tying it to the symptoms I was having I went for it It has been three months I feel like I am dying I’m confused I have massive things I Eddie my coordination is completely off my eyelid is tripping I have extreme pressure on both sides of my head I’m just not the same person anymore God I am hoping to find a way out of this hell I need support I am so scared

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My botox poisoning happened almost 3 years ago and I am nearly 100% better except for some flare ups if I don't watch what I eat and keep my diet toxin free and stay away from strong smells etc.. I had my 3rd botox injection in 5 years,it was to treat wrinkles in the center of my eyebrows. On my 2nd time to get botox I did notice it was painful afterwards and a severe soreness at the point of where the needle pierced the skin and this went on for months,so a year later (my 3rd and last time to get injected) I was OK after the initial treatment,it wasn't till 2 days later I went into anaphylaxis shock and had to be brought to emergency and giving injection,I didn't mention the botox because I didn't think this could happen, do put it down to the attic insulation I had bein around that day.. so a week passed with severe head aches,palpatations,insomnia,throat closing in,feeling of lump in my throat, sinus,ear ringing,popping,finally my ear drums bursed and I ended up having severe vertigo for nearly 3 months. I rang the botox doctor 1 week after the injection and she told me she never heard of this happening anyone before!!!! So this made me question myself again,until I found "my botox community" online and read about all the different people experiencing the same symptoms as myself.. so in the next few months I had 3 hospital visits,5 gp,2 emergency.. NOT 1 doctor admitted that this could be an adverse reaction to botox,I now have severe food allergies and if I don't follow a strict diet I get terrible sick with sinus infections and throat closing up.. I'm so glad to be out the other side of my poisoning,I never taught I would be well again or able to enjoy my life and my kids.. I am so lucky and my advice to others in the same situation would be to live a toxin free life and watch out for triggers regarding food etc and hopefully you will get your life back soon x

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My story is very similar to everyone else's. And I recovered after 5 months but recently I had dental surgery and had to take antibiotics and was on anesthesia and I've had a really bad relapse. I didn't think I could relapse I'm determined to create awareness about this so that money goes into research to understanding this talks and better. So please email me your story and tell me if you're interested in being in the documentary

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My story is short and deep, like the injections they gave me. My thigh feels like a white-hot fireplace poker was driven in about 4 centimeters then snapped off. Searing. Epileptic-like spasms that rack entire body. Blunt yet sharp. Feels like cell death. Gangrenous. Debilitating.

Cannot put weight on leg. Horrific pain the doctors dismiss. Cannot drive effectively. Thinking of practicing where the doctors park

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I had a bad unrelated allergic reaction to a treatment I was having at the hospital.. My face is all better now but it has aged me considerably
I have had Botox many times before but need it more than ever now. Obviously I am now worried that I could now react to the Botox but am desperate to do something about my aged appearance. If I decided to go ahead I would obviously have a sensitivity test first. Have you any suggestions that would minimise the risks, or any effective alternatives.

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My battle against Botox/dysport was the scariest thing I have ever been through. The first 2 visits with a board certified dermatologist went just fine, but the 3rd visit when I was overdosed at 260 units! (no idea why) and by the same board certified dermatologist... my life would never be the same. The first few nights were mostly head aches and stiffness, and pressure in my head. The 3rd day my heart started to race in a way that was not normal, as well as a feeling like bricks were on my chest. It was hard to breath and I felt very much like I was being smothered. I had anxiety through the roof, which I have never had. Not even when I would get on stage in front of hundreds or thousands of people. So, I went to the urgent care. Since I did not mention anything of my recent injections (because I didn't think it was related) they diagnosed me with asthma and gave me an inhaler. The inhaler is a stimulant, so it made my heart race more, and my anxiety heighten. I stopped using it immediately. The next days to come got worse and worse. I couldn't handle my own condition. I was trapped in a body full of constant anxiety, breathing issues, and sleeplessness. I had panic attacks, and it felt as though my throat was closing up. I hardly slept! I was terrified that if I even tried to sleep I would stop breathing in my sleep and die. About a week later, I was rushed to the ER because my heart was absolutely out of control as well as my breathing. They diagnosed me with extreme anxiety and a possible heart condition, and referred me to a cardiologist. No joke... it wasn't until doing all my research that I found it was actually the botox that did this to me. I am now about 10 months post and my life is still not the same. It's better, but it will never be normal. I have flair ups, and good days, and bad days...but it's always there. the littlest things take my breath away and so I have to work through it slow and steady until the attack passes. The botox botulism reaction has caused my body to be incredibly sensitive to all sorts of things so now I have to eat organic everything and be cautious of everything I consume. Basically I have learned to deal with it. It sucks. It has changed me, and I live in fear. I pray that someday, I will be back to my old self, but I don't think that will ever happen. I'm sorry for those also suffering. It's a long battle to get better, and sadly, better is the best you can hope for. This is life altering, forever :(

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I had dysport put into my chin and above one eye about 6 weeks ago. It was all for vanity reasons no health concerns at all.
Two weeks passed with no problem and out of no where I collapsed with exhaustion.
Ive been sick for 4 weeks yet I did not make the connection until today when my blood work came up clear even though I had to come home from work yet again due to how sick I was feeling.
I looked up the side effects and realized that indeed I'm battling with a reaction to the injections.
My neck and back hurt,my muscles ache, I've got no energy and when I wake up in the morning I feel like a truck has run over me. I'm chronically exhausted and cant get enough sleep even with 11 hours a night three weeks in a row.
Now my neck is swollen; which is why I finally had blood drawn today.
I'm also having trouble getting normal words typed on pages for work and even right now.
I'm glad I've figured out what is happening but wow... This is definitely not worth the minimal differences I experienced in my face .
For all of you dealing with your side effects that are much stronger then what I am dealing with please know that you need to keep trying to get your experiences out.
I am going to do all I can to pass the word forward so others can make better choices.

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I recently spent a week in the hospital with septic shock. I had been running high fevers (104 to 105 degrees), and I thought I had a bad flu. By the time my friend took me to the E.R., my blood pressure was 57/43. I had been suffering from rigor (SEVERE body shaking), and I could not walk. I was crawling on the floor at home. The E.R. had to rapid infuse saline, massive antibiotics, and vasopressors to save me. I was in the ICU for days, getting oxygen, breathing treatments, pain meds, and antibiotics. My whole body swelled up, I looked HUGE. I also developed pneumonia while in the hospital. I am lucky to be alive. When I first came home from the hospital, I was having trouble with my brain and my speech because I would talk and the word I was planning to say came out as a different word! Bizarre. But that went away quickly. I have been getting stronger every day, but they never did determine what caused my illness. I was discharged with a diagnosis of "Sepsis of Unknown Origin".

As I go back in time, I realized that I had gotten Botox injected a couple of weeks before. I wonder if that is what caused all of these bizarre symptoms? I just don't know. When I asked the doctors and nurses in the hospital if that might be the cause, they assured me that that was impossible. But now that I am reading about it, I wonder.

I am still running a low grade fever 24/7, between 99.2 and 99.9 all the time. I don't understand why I still have fever.

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Hello Everyone. 33 days ago I received a toxic injection. This is some of my story.... I was taken to the ER straight from the doctor’s office following the injection. I was admitted to the ICU and ultimately hospitalized 14 days with iatrogenic botulism. This is an illness that causes many different issues and can be life threatening. It doesn’t seem real and I keep waiting to wake up from a bad dream. Some of the symptoms I experience are numbness, weakness, difficulty walking, discoordination, tremors, slurred speech, difficulty communicating what I was thinking, problems swallowing, tachycardia into the 170’s, bradycardia into the 30’s, irregular heart rhythms, chest pain, electrical shooting pains, difficulty breathing and oxygen saturation problems. The nervous systems and muscles in my body were effected and it caused absolute chaos, the toxin was working hard to paralyze me. It got bad and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to continue breathing through some of the surges. I never knew what the next symptom was going to be or how much worse it was going to get, and it is the scariest thing I have ever experienced in my life. Through it all, I continue to pray to God and remain thankful for the life that I have.
Now that I am back home I have been receiving care from various home health services, taking medications to help with my symptoms, on home oxygen, following up with my doctors and just taking it day by day. At one point in the hospital I couldn’t even sit up in bed without major issues, now my goal is to be able to get down my front stairs and take a walk! smile emoticon I am dying to take a walk by myself and with my dog! So I am improving, just at a slow pace because that's how the toxicity works. They say the first two weeks are the worst, the first month is tough, 1-3 months is the bulk of it, and hopefully I don’t have any permanent issues. I just keep praying and trying my best to stay positive and motivated, it gets very hard at times but I try to remember there is a purpose to all of this. I just don’t exactly know what it is yet.

The injection was Botox...it was a series of injections for a wrinkle treatment. I have to admit that every day I look in the mirror and I get mad, I get mad at myself for thinking I even needed Botox. I was getting Botox for wrinkles and wrinkle prevention, why did I think I needed that? Antiaging is big business $$ and I think we as a society have a skewed vision of aging and pressure to look a certain way. All of this has definitely caused me to reevaluate things and to accept myself for who I am, and to encourage others to do the same. I would choose a wrinkle ANY day over what I am going through now. I wish I would have thought twice and done my research before choosing this treatment. I wish I would have known more about what Botox really is, more about the facility I chose, more about who was injecting me, more about the qualifications and training to inject, more about possible outcomes, more about the people who have died from this…I just wish I would have known more! I also wish I wouldn’t have gotten the treatment that day, but I did and it went wrong, it went severely wrong so hearing it’s rare doesn’t matter because it happened and it is REAL and it is MY LIFE. I ask that you not judge me for the decision I made but that you support me for what I am going through.
Most are extremely supportive of my situation and I thank you, but I know some people for various reasons are in opposition that I posted this, which really hurts because this is my LIFE. I am a living example sitting here telling you my experience. It is my opinion that many people are afraid to speak out about it because of the stigma or probably agreed to sign gag orders as part of a settlement or something. Many people have private messaged me about this now, saying they want to talk about it but they don't want people to know they get botox...I get it, it took me 33 days to decide to share what I had injected, it needs to be talked about. Poison control, FDA, dept's of health, government agencies, private agencies, case studies, MD's who have treated patients and those who are going through what I went through all know...it happens. There are just many factors regarding how, who and if it's even reported. Drugs can and do get taken off the market after so many people become ill or die. Stricter regulations can and do get placed on the production, distribution, consent, use and administration of drugs as well as who qualifies to give and receive the drug, how counseling on risks must be provided, required training and so on and so on and so on, so to me it is important to speak up or nothing will ever change! I'm not a botox expert but I know my life was in jeopardy so if I can save even ONE person from going through what I went through, I have done the right thing.

I try not to be so angry about it so something I have done to help cope with everything is I have created a private support group. I am here to talk about my personal experience with those who want to talk about it, to connect with and support people from all over who have had or are still going through a similar experience and to provide support for families who have lost a loved one.
(The amount of messages I have received since posting this, from people who get or are considering getting Botox, let's me know sharing my experience was the right thing to do. Thank you for reaching out. )

This has been life changing and I am still figuring out how to deal. The physical and emotional toll it has taken on me has been very trying and I truly, greatly, appreciate everyone’s support. The calls, messages, cards, flowers, gifts, etc., you have NO IDEA how much you all have meant. Everyone’s lives continue on while my life has been on a complete pause and I am so appreciative of those who have understood that and are helping me through all of this.

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If you ask me , I think Botox is so dangerous so is dysport, Who really knows how many people have died from Botox, it is botulism a poison. the body puffs up from a toxic response! I wonder if someone has died if the link was ever made. I think when an actress or some public figure gets botox and it goes awry well that will wake women up Seriously. I went to a clinic here in Portland and they were really trying to get me try dysport and I was soooooooo terrified , they kept assuring me it was safe. Since I DO NOT just believe a medical professional they only tell you what they have heard at the medical lecture and that is not enough. Finally I told them I wanted them to do a test sensitivity test that so the nurse injected the smallest amount at no charge.... I was so sick the next day I thought I was going to die, I went to Emergency dept and I believe I probably would died if I would of allowed them to inject me with syringes of that stuff. When the time comes I will just get a face lift then ever use any fillers at all ever.

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I was injected with the variety of Botox known as Dysport for overactive bladder in 2008. Within 4 days I developed severe retention, and had to self-catheterise. It's 2015, I have permanent paralysis and still retain original overactivity whilst still having to use catheters many times a day. Total destruction of my marriage, and career due to part poisoning by this substance. Life is a never ending hell due to the discomfort I suffer. Unfortunately I live in the UK.

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UPDATED I'm 53,,,, I posted 2 months ago on March 25,2015 It's been 5 months since being injected with 100 units of Botox in my Pelvic muscles,

I'm still not normal, I am seeing a heart doctor and I had to see an allergist because of my symptoms, My heart is still racing , my blood pressure is high, and can't breath well. I'm very short of breath, also I have a rash all over my arms, legs, under my arms going down the sides of my stomach, I'm still getting the chills, my stomach is still feeling week , yet it's not as bad, I had been sweating excessively for months, then I stopped salt and it's a better, though I also had to stop allot of foods, steak is causing my blood pressure to rise, and given me more breathing problems,

none of my Doctors are admitting the Botox is causing my reactions, I feel I'm allergic to the Botox ,,,,,, I tried to warn my Doctor before he injected me, he assured me that there not having any problems with the Botox, I feel so stupid for I believed him ...... I don't think I'll ever be normal again,

The Botox seemed to react to pain med's ... allergy med's my lidocaine patches I used for back pain, I couldn't take anything ... I am only taking a heart pill and inhalers to breath, I am so angry with Allergan who makes the Botox, they make so much money they don't care about a few law Suites, most lawyers will not deal with Botox problems either, Shame on these drug companies,

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I was worried to have Botox Injected in my Pelvic Muscles and questioned my Doctor before agreeing, I told him I am very sensitive to Foods and allot of Medications, Many foods and Med's cause my heart to race and I am out of Breathe, My doctor assured me they are having no problems or side affects from this procedure, so I was desperate to get out of Pain and on Dec 15th 2014 he did the Injections, He also told me it could take up to 4 weeks to work, instead 3 weeks later I started to notice my Heart pounding and I could not walk or even comb my Granddaughters hair without getting out of breathe, I was also sweating horribly under my arms for over 2 months now then my body started to smell like a chemical, including under my arms, I have constant loose stools my stomach feels like it's on an roller coaster, it's very week, I'm having headaches and a itchy rash under my arms, even though I can no longer use deodorant, I also got a rash all over my arms and it's been over 3 months I also feel like my insides are burned, when I eat food its getting stuck half way down, my back hurts when I sleep and my skin is looking very ruff and dry lately. I now have to take a heart pill 2xs a day to slow my heart rate, I always had a very low blood pressure, like 87/54 and since getting the Botox if I'm sitting down for over 10 minutes my pressure is 148/ 90 I've been to my primary care and had lots of tests and nothing is abnormal, even the ER didn't take me seriously and sent me home, I think there is a medication that would have stopped alot of these symptoms from getting worse if my doctor listened to me back when my heart started to race and I told him I was out of breathe all day he just told me don't worry it will wear off within 3 to 6 months, I am so much sicker now, it's March 25,2015 I can't even wash my dishes unless I sit on a stoll and slowly try and clean them otherwise I have not done a think since Jan ,,,, I just lay around and hope to feel better I even called Allergan who makes the Botox and they told me it must wear off. they did tell me the side affects and I seem to have most of them,

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I got botox these is my 3rd time And realized that my throat feels like it wants to close,and I had bad panic attacks.I just did my 3time on 3_4_2015..and goggle symptoms. And realized that its has happen every time I have done it.waking up at night like I can't breath I am scare to sleep.and not wake up.I been Todd with panic attacks,what can I do to ware it off,

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This is horrible!!! I went through very similar symptoms after being told how it was safe!! I only had one injection and stopped the procedure. .Still, I was rushed to the hospital because my throat closed and was given steroids and epinephrine. After that incident, my life was a constant battle. I lived on Clariton and benadryl for 6 months. I couldn't sleep, breath or function. After a few more hospital visits, tons of meds, sleep less nights and many other unexplained side effects, I'm felling better. DEFINITELY NOT 100% You feel like you are going to die!!!! Any doctor you speak to thinks you're crazy and is completely uneducated in botix and clueless...so they say!! I REALLY HOPE THAT ONE DAY A DOCTOR WITH A CONSCIOUS STEPS UP TO THE PLATE AND TAKES A STAND ON THIS.

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Wow, your stories sound familiar. I had several injections of Botox for a voice disorder. The Botox was used to relax the vocal cords so I could speak. I did Ok with the first few injections, but then, after about my 6th time, I became deathly ill. My heart raced so fast, I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I experienced such total body weakness/paralysis, that I could only crawl to the bathroom and back for several weeks. I wound up hospitalized, but they insisted it couldn't be the Botox. So, I believed them, and went back 6 months later to have my voice treated again, and it happened all over again ... racing heart, full body weakness/paralysis, difficulty breathing. It took about 6 weeks until I gradually got better. Never getting Botox again!

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Can you tell me the what the medication was that helped you when you were in the hospital. My story is long and I don't have the strength right now to explain. Botox for 4 years and gradually going down hill. Last one on 8/13/13 am really sick. Haven't gone to the doctor he says its not the Botox. Going tomorrow but should go to ER. I'll explain more later but would like to know about the medication.
Thanks, Lynda

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My story is a long one. I got Botox 14 years ago. There was not any harmful side effects listed when I chose to get it. I passed out in the doctors office before I left. I had two small chdten to care for at the time. The next morning I woke up to a racing heart and horrible neck and head pains level 7 pains. I called my doctor. They hasn't heard of anything happening like this before. By the following day I was in level 10 pains with constant panic attacks. I suffered on many pain medications and shots to dull pains till I couldn't take it and after 3 years I went to a mental clinic where I was placed on medication that saved my life. The medication makes you tired and causes weight gain but it helps. I still get flair ups here and there. I ended up divorced over the situation. There wasn't proper warnings 14 years ago. Best of luck everyone.

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I was treated for chronic migrraine with BOTOX injections, It nearly killed me, after the first time the ER doctor said it was just an asthma attack, second time to the ER after the second set of injections three months later the ER doctor called it an adverse acute reaction to BOTOX. I have not been able to recover from broncial & lung infections, the doctors have treated with antibiotics, steroids & nebulizer treatments daily for months.Along with breathing difficulties & irritable stomach my skin is covered in rash and I have had inflamation inside & out throughout my entire body. I wonder how long this will last. I am not able to do much without inflamation & difficulty with my breathing. It has made me anxious as well.

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