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February 7, 2020

Hi there, I would love to share my story..

I had Dysport done last September, 6 units to my chin, and all seemed well. So after 3 weeks, I decided to knock out the 11's, because I frown all of the time, even when happy.

I had 40 units with 2 injections, so - 20 units on each side for my frowning. After 2-3 days the Dysport kicked in and I loved not being able to frown.

It was maybe a week later, was when all of my uncomfortable symptoms started to kick in. First, was pressure on the top of my head like someone had their hand on top of it and was trying to "sit" me down. That lasted for about a month and then it disappeared.

Then up until early January when the Dysport started to wear off, I also had strange facial pressure. Some nights, it felt like someone was squeezing my jaw, nose, cheeks, and sides of my temples. Other times it felt as if the pressure was "moving" from my jaw to the back of my mouth, nose, and cheeks. Fortunately, those symptoms do seem to be going away - I think. I've also been feeling much more tired than normal and I cannot exercise like I used to. For example, I cannot walk every day, because of weak tingly feelings in my legs.

Troubling, was that I also have had horrible anxiety since the injections. It has been about a month since I had my last attack. Normally, the anxiety would come on at night as soon as I would go to bed or during the night if I got up to go to the toilet. I became angry about this anxiety, literally appearing out of no where. So angry that I began to "mock" it! I could literally feel an attack come on. So as soon as my chest would tighten and my heart race I would say, "go on, panic you stupid brain" and "why are you doing this? just do your thing and then go away". I kid you not, I forced myself out of the anxiety. I hope the anxiety is gone now for good!

I also suffered from other symptoms: constant tummy bloat, horribly unpleasant sensations in my entire torso, in my core that I can't explain well, but I'll try. It was like my muscles were constantly strained, like if you did 400 sit ups. This is still with me but not every day like it used to be. Then for about 3 months, I had a constant feeling of aching, weakness in my neck, shoulders, and legs. I still have a constant feeling of a "lump" in my throat. Also the feeling that my nose is stuffy and I can't clear it, also sore throat and ears, every. single. day.

Since September, I have basically not felt 100% and this was all because, I wanted my frown lines to be gone. I understand that my symptoms are mild compared to some of the stories that I have read. I don't want to make anyone feel bad that I'm complaining about them. I truly hope to God that everyone who has suffered eventually goes back to their former selves.


Hi, thanks for stopping by!

My name is Gretch. I spend my free time studying botulinum and working with Iatrogenic Botulism sufferers. I have learned a lot and want to share what I have learned with you!

I have also been lucky to build friendships along the way with amazing people. The Botox Dysport Side Effects Support Group on Facebook is near and dear to my heart. They have been a huge support system and have taught me so much! 

I'm glad that you are here! I hope you found us *before* deciding to inject.  Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions!

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