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Hi;
Have you or others considered Botox injections to alleviate spasms in the lower back?
My scolosis has gotten so bad that several ribs on my right side get caught under the front part my pelvic bone, and daily I was developing hard muscle spasms the size of a large orange just from walking or standing for more than ten minutes at a time. How's that for a run-on sentence?
Botox is used more for upper back or neck spasms, but the neurologist thought I was a good candidate for it anyway. With me directing the doctor to where it hurt,(he also used a machine that measured spasm levels) he injected my back in nine seperate areas. He told me it might take up to two weeks to notice any difference.
But------within three days my back was no longer going into spasms, and I almost couldn't believe it. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which is a connective tissue disorder. I have had multiple ortho surgeries and use a Duragesic patch for chronic pain, so when something doesn't hurt, I am very aware of it.
The injections are given every three months and though they are more than a bit painful (the nurse said she would put me in the back room the next time)I am looking forward to my second set on the 13th.
Of course Botox is not going to work for everyone, but it did help me and I thought it was worth mentioning.
Question-----has anyone had scoliosis surgery recently? I am interested in learning more about the different surgical approaches.
Sorry this is so long.
Karen