Botox for back pain
January 14, 2012 1:40 PM Subscribe
Have you had Botox injections for back/neck spasms and pain? Tell me about it.
posted by Ollie to health & fitness (2 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My husband is having some ongoing back and neck pain, exact cause unknown--could be one thing or another thing or a combination, we're not sure. He is mostly bothered by painful "jumpy" muscles, as he calls them, especially when they wake him up in the wee hours. A muscle relaxant (Flexeril) had too many negative side effects for him to try that again.
The neurologist suggested Botox. It sounds like a fine plan, but the husband is concerned about side effects--like, will there be any patches of numbness? He religiously adheres to a very mild exercise routine involving Therabands, which he thinks is helping and would be very distressed not to be able to do.
Will the Botox cause him to lose any strength or feeling in his back, neck, and shoulders? Is it just a temporary solution, or is the idea to stop the pain while the area heals?
Please tell me about your experience, if you've had these injections for this or a similar problem.