So, I am off to Berlin for migraine surgery! Yes, Berlin! The consultant I am seeing privately only does his operations in his clinic in Berlin, so although I had the Botox test done in Harley Street I have to travel a little further for surgery!
So what is this all about? Well the theory, and what has proved positive in my case, is that the Botox test which I had in February effectively simulates the long-term effect of
the surgical procedure and therefore determines whether I was
suitable for the migraine operation or not. So I had Botox injected into the trigger points, which for me was the corrugator muscle above the eye and the back of the neck. During the time the Botox is in my system the muscle relaxes and therefore no longer agitates the trigeminal
nerve, thereby avoiding the cascade of events that can lead to migraine
attacks. This isn't the case for everyone and not everyone who has the injections has a positive result. However I am one of the lucky ones and I have not had a migraine for 2 months now. This means that I am suitable for migraine surgery.
The migraine surgery will involve the surgeon making a small incision along the eyelid crease in order
to remove the pain triggering muscle – the corrugator
muscle. The nerve in the muscle is neither removed nor damaged in the
procedure. By removing the muscle, the nerve in the trigger area above
the eyebrow cannot be stimulated and therefore migraine symptoms are
I will also have surgery on the back of my neck to relieve
pressure on a nerve located in the neck.
This will all take about 2 1/2 hours under a general anaesthetic as a day patient. Hugh and I are booked into a hotel a stones throw from the hospital in Berlin and will spend the night before the op there and return there for the night after the op and fly home the day after.
I will need 2 weeks off work to convalesce and apparently I will have a very bruised eye! I'm not sure how much scrapbooking I will get done as the stitches and clips in my neck stay in for 10 days and I am not sure if I will be able to bend my neck well to look down at the page! I've got a few videos in to watch and Penny will be at home to look after me as she has finished uni for the time being!
I will probably not post on here for the next couple of weeks as I am off this afternoon for the op tomorrow, so I will sign off for now and be back again soon.