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Had Botox Injection for Back Problems ETC

Started by judyduck on 02/05/2010 10:48pm

I have had 2 surgeries in 1978+1979 for low back problems realted to my employment. After the 2 laminectomies I had really bad results with an enormous amount fo scar tissue. I now have all levels of disc degeneration and spinal stenosis. According to the powers to be there probably is no surgery that will help and becasue of my age they will not perform surgery. Not performing surgery is okay becasue they don't even know which level is causing the problem. The powers to be decided they would try a epidural which I have tried and it did not work becasue they could not inject becasue of massive scar tissue. I tried Botox and that made matters worse. I believe the physician injected some of the Botox into an adjoining nerve or some how irrated a nerve. Unfortunately I ended up in worse shape with severe pain down my left leg and I could not walk for a few months. Finally the Botox must have left or released the pressure on the nerve it affected. I can now sort of get around using a cane and hopefully I don't fall anymore. Unfortunately I fall quite a bit because my leg givers way or I trip becasue I have no feeling in either feet. I was hoping someone might have a suggestion for a treatment or whatever that might work. I realize I went into detail about my condition but I hope this helps. I will be happy for suggestions and other treatments anyone has had that works.

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Hi I am in a similar situation to you. I have been treated by Chiro, Physcial therapy, pain meds, muscle relaxers, anti inflamatory, 2 epidural steroids injections a month apart, triger point steriod, and finally 8 botox injections which has since made my pain alot worse. My situation is work related also i have herniated an buldging disks also scapular pain which causes awful migraine headaches. I was told that my situation is sumthimg i will prob just have to live with. Deep tissue massage hurts but can help sumwhat and also physical therapy I also use Flector patches which sumtimes helps to ease the pain not much works in that department tho. I hope u have been able to find relief at this point i saw your post and can relate. Best of luck.

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I have a bulging disc at level c5-c6 as well as torn and herniated discs at l4-s1. I have many epidural shots which worked for a short period of time, PT worsened the pain, joint block was done to see if it was joint pain (wasn't). Finally had a discogram which determined my pain was coming from l5-s1. I also was injured at work. After finally seeing what of workcomps spine surgeons, he agreed with my own aurgeons that I needed surgery. I went along with workcomp dr decison to only fix l5-s1 on march 2011. It was a rough many months but starting to get back to a better pain free life. I do still have some limitations and honestly do not think I can go back to my job. I'm wondering why you haven't run a disocgram to see where the pain is coming from? I understand you have had to bad experiences but things have changed alot over the years. My surgery was done miminally evasively. Good luck to you I could not imigaine living in pain, I did it for almost a year before my surgery and that above drove me nuts. Good Bless you

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Thanks for the advice. I am hoping not to have surgery but I guess if it came down to it I would have to. I am not sure why they have not done a discogram I actually have never heard of it. I have been seeing comp drs an I think they stay away from certain tests. I have had an MRI and Xrays but have never been given a true diagnosis. I try to educate myself as much as possible but alot I do not know about my injury. I am scheduled to see a orthopedic at the end of Sept. which I scheduled on my own hopefully thats the right direction. Thanks for sharing.

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