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Botox Anyone?

I had a 4 level fusion C3-C7 3 1/2 years ago. I still have a lot of pain but have noticed that most of the pain comes from the extreme tightness in my trap muscles. It seem as though if I could get that to go away permantly I would feel so much better. I have tried massage and it helps but no matter how often I have it done the tightens comes right back.
Has anyone had Botox in this area and if so what were the reults and would you have it again?
At the end of my rope.


  • I personally have not had it done, but would definately suggest that you talk to your physiatrist or pain management doctor about it's use and the potential for helping release the tension in the muscles.
  • I had botox in my upper back/trap area about 5 years ago. The goal was to get the nerves that were causing constant contraction/pain in hopes that while the nerves were deaden the pain signal (short circuit) would turn off. It didn't work, got no benefit at all, don't know if it was due to the Dr didn't hit the right spot but itappeared to me to be a waste of money.
    The Dr did say that it wasn't used that often due to the expense and most insurance wouldn't cover. So it could very well be a case where it was just injected in the wrong spot. I was kind of surprised that he didn't use floroscopy to guide the needle just did it like he did trigger point injections, with much the same result.
    There were no side effects that I noticed that would cause me to not recommend it. I would say if your insurance is paying it's worth a try, hopefully you will have better results than I did.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • Hi Jenny,

    ACDF C5-6 & C6-7 in 2009. I received Botox injections in 2011 in about the same area as you indicated. Not one bit of relief, but no side effects. I agree with davrunner above. The drug is expensive, even IF your insurance okays it. I felt it did not warrant a repeat injection. BUT remember, everyone reacts differently to these drugs. Maybe it would be helpful to your situation. Hope this helps.

    Rassy's Story
    Under House Arrest Without the Ankle Bracelet :-)
    The remarks I make are strictly my own based on my personal experiences.
  • Hi Jenny -- I'm of no help right now to give you any feedback -- but within the week I hope to be able to say something real. HOwever, just because ONE of us does or does not respond well is not necessarily a good indicator. Use those websites at the 'biggies' out there that promote treatments and read their success rates. The good thing about Botox is that it has now been around for PAIN RELIEF for lots of years (10?maybe) and so it's a known entity out there for pain treatments. The success rate for so many is quite amazing. Ask your specialist about more info -- I wish you so well in your struggle for finding a treatment that works and finds less pain for you. My own struggles have led me down so many paths only to find little or no success. My new neurologist now has me on topamax and with that 'slot now filled' insurance might allow me botox. My doc seems the kind that knows which must be tried first, second, 15th, and on and on and on. GoodLuck.
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