For years I always had muscle spasms in my right arm. It was very difficult for me to have comfort even with proper physical therapy. The reason for this was because I have a condition called “dystonia”. There were so many times my muscles used to seize up on me. Dystonia by definition is a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. It is a condition in which muscles are rigid, posture may be abnormal, and control of muscles may be impaired.
For me, it is never-ending discomfort with my muscle spasms. There are days where it can be better than others but sometimes it seems to have a mind of its own. For the longest time several years ago, there were so many times that my arm was so tight. It came to the point that sometimes even physical therapy was rebelling against me. With that being said, I thought there must be some sort of treatment out there to help me ease the pain. With all of the latest treatments today that can help anyone who has strain muscle disorders, there is one great drug available. It is called “Botox Injections” and it has come a long way. For anyone whom may have muscle spastic disorders regardless of dystonia, or certain muscle disorders, botox injections can help you.
Since my dystonia has affected most of my right arm and shoulder, it was getting increasingly worse. I made several appointments seeing various doctors. One doctor told me to see a neurologist. After I went to see a good Neurologist, he suggested to me several options to treat my dystonia. After discussing several options, it was then that Botox Injections were first discussed with me. Amazingly, they told me that it was the same botox that many people use for treating wrinkles. I’ve heard endless stories about wrinkle reductions from botox before. However, it was great to hear that botox has many other uses besides trying to make people look younger.
Botox is the name for a drug made from botulinum toxin type A. Botox for short is a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent that reduces spastic muscle tightness or unwanted muscle spasms in a specific areas. Botox provides relief for muscle stiffness at the place of the injection. The use of botox has come a long way from wrinkle reduction by successfully treating dystonia for people who have it severely making the use of botox a new great success. When most people hear the term botox, they automatically assume that the use is only for fixing wrinkles and nothing more. Wrong! However, few are aware that there are a lot more important uses for botox. I felt that this is just what I needed.
This is how Botox Type A is used:
Botox is first applied when they give you several injections inserted into your affected muscles for the purpose to release tension caused by dystonia that you may have. The first step is knowing where the Botox is going to be placed. The muscle is then marked, by your doctor, with a pen. After its marked, they cover that area with a special cream which makes your skin numb. You are then hooked up connected with wires. Your neurologist finally injects Botox through the skin into the spastic muscles using a very special needle.
Botox is a special substance which helps block the infected muscle from getting spastic. Botox does not cure dystonia however. The botox which makes it block into the muscles goes into effect between the first 1 – 2 weeks after you are injected. The effects last between three to six months. So after that time, your muscle tightness will usually comes back. You may need to get additional treatments for more botox injections after the last ones wear off after the three to six months are over.
I never recalled any hardships with botox injections. There are a few mild side effects of botox. It can either be chills or mild weakness to the areas where the place of the injection would be performed. The side effects would never last more than a few days. It is so ideal for many individuals. For the first time in my recent memory, my arm felt great. They told me that different muscles were to be injected each time I went back.
The time frame like myself could vary with anyone when the effects of the Botox goes through but not usually more than two weeks. For anyone who would have similar muscle spasms like myself, I still encourage anybody whose body muscles can be very spastic, to try Botox to help relieve muscle discomfort. It is a good idea to ask your doctor about the pros and cons of botox injections before you decide to try it or not. I have to admit that with Botox treatment alone, it is one of the most beneficial treatments out there today and it will eventually grow and improve in the continuing future.