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A few days ago I had Botox injection to treat dystonia. I started having difficulty swallowing. Is this a normal side effect?

A few days ago I had Botox injection to treat dystonia. I started having difficulty swallowing. Is this a normal side effect?

Depending on where: You must've gotten injected in the neck somewhere....probably in the sternocleidomastoid muscles. The medication will leak out of the muscles and affects the muscles of swallowing and this will cause some choking. You need to let your doctor know so he can either reduce the dosing of the BOTOX or change the injection sites. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Injection (Definition)

Botox is a medicine that causes muscles to relax. It is commonly used to improve the appearance of deep facial lines or wrinkles between the eyebrows. It is also used to relieve migraine, and in certain conditions that involve muscle spasm. ...Read more


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I had Botox injection for dystonia near my neck. Now I have difficulty swallowing. Is this a normal side effect and how long will it last?

I had Botox injection for dystonia near my neck. Now I have difficulty swallowing. Is this a normal side effect and how long will it last?

A bit of a problem!: Because Botox weakens muscles, it may be that some of the medicine got into muscles you use for swallowing. The effect is usually about three months.... ...Read more

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How long will the difficulty swallowing after botox injection last that I received for cervical dystonia? Is this temporary?

How long will the difficulty swallowing after botox injection last that I received for cervical dystonia? Is this temporary?

It is temporary: The length of time this last will vary AT some usages will be effective for a month. Others will last two months and continue to be effective. You may well have to put up with this for several weeks 6-8 weeks. Call the doctor tomorrow in the AM and ask to be seen tomorrow. Be careful as eat as you could aspirate. Do not use a straw and take small amounts at a time. ...Read more

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Would phenol injection work on cervical dystonia? I'm on Botox for so many years and I need some alternative treatment.

Would phenol injection work on cervical dystonia? I'm on Botox for so many years and I need some alternative treatment.

See university MD: Phenol and surgery are permanent changes to your nervous system, with all the potential benefits and potential risks of that. "Cervical dystonia", originally reserved for patients with torticollis or a basal ganglia dystonic disorder, has been "popularized" to include patients with tension headaches and stress-induced muscle spasm (profitable therapy). See university MD to look for justified Rx. ...Read more

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I want to know about Baclofen pump and phenol injection for Botox-resisted dystonia. Could they work on cervical dystonia and how much it costs?

I want to know about Baclofen pump and phenol injection for Botox-resisted dystonia. Could they work on cervical dystonia and how much it costs?

Generally No: Baclofen pump only helps with spasticity mainly in lower extremities. Phenol injection only helps if placed on a motor nerve, the problem with that would be loss of any other muscles associated that nerve resulting significant weakness in your neck area. ...Read more

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How long until botox shots take effect for cervical dystonia?

How long until botox shots take effect for cervical dystonia?

About five days: Botox takes about 4-5 days to cause muscle relaxation in most areas. That's why most clinicins will have you return in two weeks to reevaluate treatment. Dosing can vary based on the muscle size and you would rather under treat than over treat. ...Read more

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How dangerous is botox, and can accupuncture help with cervical dystonia, I'm 22 years old, ?

How dangerous is botox, and can accupuncture help with cervical dystonia, I'm 22 years old, ?

Not usually: Botox in the usual therapeutical doses has little side effects although there have been headaches reported after Botox injections. As for acupuncture I have no idea although I suspect that any benefit if at all would be very temporary. ...Read more

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How effective is acupuncture and botox for limb dystonia?

Botox: Botox (or other botulinum toxin) is the gold standard for limb dystonia. Acupunture is not known for helping with limb dystonia as much as just the pain. ...Read more

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Would physical therapy be beneficial in treating cervical dystonia in addition to botox?

Certainly: But it really depends on how longstanding the dystonia has been present and the amount of fibrosis that will determine the extent if relief achieved with Botox and pt. ...Read more

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I've gotten botox shots for cervical dystonia, I can hold my head straight a lot better but I'm getting a lot of pain around my right shoulder?

I've gotten botox shots for cervical dystonia, I can hold my head straight a lot better but I'm getting a lot of pain around my right shoulder?

Common, need PT: Shoulder pain can be common after dystonia injections and pt normally should be done to strengthen supporting muscles that have not been used because of the tightness. I would ask my doc for a pt script to see if they can give you some relief. The side that is causing shoulder pain verse the side your chin was pulled before is an important point to tell your pt as well. ...Read more

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I am looking for a neurologist to inject botox for my cervical dystonia. I will be moving to southern california in october.

I am looking for a neurologist to inject botox for my cervical dystonia. I will be moving to southern california in october.

Big area: Southern california is a big region and there are likely to be many neurologists who can provide you with this service. I would contact the nearest hospital for a referral. ...Read more

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On October 22, 2014 I had botox in my neck to treat cervical dystonia. A few weeks later I was diagnosed with hyperthyroid and a thyroid cyst.?

On October 22, 2014 I had botox in my neck to treat cervical dystonia. A few weeks later I was diagnosed with hyperthyroid and a thyroid cyst.?

Unrelated: Hi. The two (Botox treatment and hyperthyroidism) are coincidental in your case, but not related in a cause and effect manner. Have your hyperthyroidism evaluated, and treated, if indicated. If the cystic nodule is not causing the hyperthyroidism, it may need a separate evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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I've had Cervical Dystonia for 5 yrs. My scalp was always tight. My mouth muscles aren't tight. I already use botox. Do you have some tip or sugestion?

I've had Cervical Dystonia for 5 yrs. My scalp was always tight. My mouth muscles aren't tight. I already use botox. Do you have some tip or sugestion?

Stretching: Stretching the neck muscle is also important and sometimes lengthens the effect of botox. A physical therapist can design a stretching program for your neck. Depending on what mouth muscles are tight a speech language pathology us could be helpful. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of botox injections?

What are the side effects of botox injections?

Few & Minimal: Avoid Botox if you are pregnant or breast feeding or have neurological conditions. When used appropriately for the reduction of lines of expression in the upper 1/3 of the face, Botox is incredibly safe. In my experience of 1000's of injections, the most common side effect is a small bruise (<5%). Headaches & swelling (rare). Eyelid or brow drooping (exceedingly rare). ...Read more

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What is the purpose of using botox injections for anal fissures? Does it go up your butt? Does it hurt? What are the side effects?

Relax sphincter: The purpose of Botox is relaxation of the rectal sphincter which is a common source of pain and may allow faster recovery. Risks are low with little probability of spread. Excessive injection may result in fecal incontinence. It involves a few injections and the pain may be mitigated by topical anesthetic. ...Read more

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Born with spins bifida. If removing my bladder as an option instead of Botox injection &oxibutinin injected to the bladder, what are the side effects?

Born with spins bifida. If removing my bladder as an option instead of Botox injection &oxibutinin injected to the bladder, what are the side effects?

Drainage device: You would have an ostomy placed to take the plane of your bladder. These are not without complications. Discuss the pros and cons with your urologist. All the best. ...Read more

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Botox for hyperhydrosis I suffer from hyperhydrosis and have tried pretty much everything except botox injections. Are they effective? Painful? Covered by most insurances? Are there any side effects I should know about? Or anything else?

Very effective: Injections of Botox for hyperhydrosis are very effective, very safe, not very painful and are approved by the fda, which makes it very likely that the insurance will pay for it. Unlike with migraines and wrinkles where the effect of Botox lasts 3 months, the effect of Botox for hyperhydrosis lasts 6 to 12 months. ...Read more

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What kinds of side effects are common with botox? What possible side effects should I be prepared for if I decide to get botox injections? .

What kinds of side effects are common with botox? What possible side effects should I be prepared for if I decide to get botox injections? .

Botox: Botox side effects are essentially non existent. The main issues are the results and effects of the needle punctures and action of the botox. A needle puncture can leave a small spot or possible bruise, although this is very unusual. The Botox can be injected in inappropriate locations that can lead to irregular muscle actions. When you first get botox, start simple and see how it goes for you.
Best wishes
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What kinds of side effects are common with botox? What possible side effects should I be prepared for if I decide to get botox injections? .

What kinds of side effects are common with botox? What possible side effects should I be prepared for if I decide to get botox injections? .

Botox: Botox treatment is the most common non-surgical cosmetic surgery treatment. The complications are infrequent but as has been mentioned, discomfort at the injection site, bruising and much less commonly laxity of the brows treated or eyelid weakness. You should discuss your health and these potential issues with Botox use with the plastic surgeon who you chose to treat you.
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For cremaster muscle spasm is botox injection useful? Does it works usually? Are there any side effects?

Not typical RX: Although Botox can be used for nearly any muscle spasm, I am not aware of Botox being used for this purpose. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of botox?

Few / Minimal: There are some minimal risks when using botox. Bruising (<5%), swelling, discomfort, headache, eyelid or brow drooping (exceedingly rare). Of course any medication taken inappropriately can have serious side effects. Botox has a very safe track record now for 20+ years. You should avoid Botox while pregnant or breast feeding and if you have any neurological conditions. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are the side effects of botox for the treatment of nondiabetic gastroparesis?

Unknown...: There are a few studies looking at the effectiveness of Botox injection of the pylorus in patients with idiopathic gastroparesis and none showed it to be any better than placebo. There were no significant side effects of Botox injection of the pylorus in the studies. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long will the side effects of botox last in my face?

What side effect?: Potential side effects of Botox include mild facial asymmetry, heaviness of the brow and rare complications such as drooping of an eyelid. Most asymmmetries can be corrected with a small amount of additional botox. Heaviness of the brow or drooping of an eyelid is usually a short-term problem, lasting only a couple of weeks. The effects of Botox are usually completely gone by 3 to 4 months. ...Read more

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Can botox help in looking younger? What are the side effects?

Botox: Botox paralyzes muscles which clears up fine lines and wrinkles in the face temporarily which then gives a more youthful appearance. It is only temporary. It may paralyze muscles not desired resulting in eye droop or inability to show facial expression. Botox is a very powerful poison if injected into the blood stream it could cause paralysis of major body muscles, the worst scenario death. ...Read more

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How can I reduce the side effects of botox?

Botox Side Effects: Avoid blood thinners prior to treatment. Consider arnica montana if you tend to bruise easily. Ice the treatment area for a few minutes prior to reduce the chance of bruising and any discomfort. Avoid massaging the treated area for 2 days and consider avoiding significant cardiovascular activities for 24 hours. If you are experiencing any side effects (which would be rare) return to your provider. ...Read more

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My boy friend told me to go for botox so that I will look more younger. Will there be any side effects later? Or any other way to look younger? Advise

My boy friend told me to go for botox so that I will look more younger. Will there be any side effects later? Or any other way to look younger? Advise

"Advise"? Okay!: The only definitive solution to this problem is to get another boyfriend. This one clearly is more interested in surface appearance i.e. your looks than in who you are as a person. ...Read more

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Which side effects can botox cause?

Refer to the web: The package insert lists all of the known risks, up to and including death. You can find it online. ...Read more

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Are there side effects to using botox?

Very low risk: Botox has an excellent safety record when administered by qualified professionals. Rarely someone might have some temporary drooping of an eyelid or eyebrow and this should resolve quickly. ...Read more

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When botox is used for treatment in inconvenience, how long will it last, & are there side effects?

When botox is used for treatment in inconvenience, how long will it last, & are there side effects?

Botox side effects: Side effects of Botox are related to the site of injection. They are generally mild and do not last long. The effects from Botox will last three to six months. ...Read more

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What are side effects after botox (botulinum toxin type a)?

Botox Side Effects: Very rare to have any side effects at all. In my experience of 1000's of injections the most common occurrences are mild discomfort at the injection site (seconds to minutes), mild swelling or redness (seconds to minutes), bleeding (drop), bruising (mild), unsatisfactory result (<5%) (over or under corrected), drooping eyelid (exceedingly rare), allergic (exceedingly rare). ...Read more

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Is botox an effective treatment for hyperhidrosis and should I be concerned about side effects?

Is botox an effective treatment for hyperhidrosis and should I be concerned about side effects?

Yes: Yes, Botox injection is an fda-approved treatment for hyperhidrosis. Sweating is under the control of the nervous system. Botox injection blocks the nerves from sending a signal to the sweat glands and as a result, sweating stops. The potential side effect is weakness of the muscles in the area where Botox is injected. The effects and potential side effects are temporary and eventually wear off. ...Read more

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Can botox be used for truncal/groin sweating? Is that dangerous? What could be side effects?

Can botox be used for truncal/groin sweating? Is that dangerous? What could be side effects?

Groin hyperhidrosis: Botox can be used effectively to treat hyperhidrosis of the groin. I have a large hyperhidrosis practice and have treated patients with groin hyperhidrosis effectively with Botox for many years. The Center for Excessive Sweating was developed in 1999. Botox injections in the groin for hyerhidrosis will significantly improve your quality of life indicators. ...Read more

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I have excessive sweating Does the botox have side effects on me considering that I'm 18 y/o and weight 46 kg? Will it stop the sweating?

Need details: How bad? Where? What have you tried so far? Have you seen a dermatologist? Aluminum chloride? 20%? 35%? Were you very careful to apply to completely dry skin? Wrap with plastic or saran wrap? Botox may help but needs to be repeated every few months. It may have undesirable side effects and will be very expensive. ...Read more

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What's is in Botox and could it cause side effects? Should I get Botox at age21 to prevent wrinkles? And does Botox wear-off, and if so, how long after

What's is in Botox and could it cause side effects? Should I get Botox at age21 to prevent wrinkles? And does Botox wear-off, and if so, how long after

Yes!: Botox can be given at your age- its botulism toxin that paralyzes the muscle temporarily. Side affects can be flu like symptoms. We tell patients depending on your metabolism rate 6 weeks to 6 months, but usually it last three months. It won't prevent wrinkles but will slow down the deep wrinkle process if gotten on a regular basis ...Read more

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My doctor said that the side-effects from botox will go away and that I should eat soft foods because I have difficulty swallowing. Is this true?

Yes: Most often, the side effects of recent Botox injections will resolve, so any issues in the mean time need to be cared for properly with prevention to avoid aspiration, etc. Follow your Dr's advice and follow-up with him/her if the symptoms persist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Am 8 months post-stroke (ICH). What can botox injections do for my right side hemiparesis? How does it work in cases like this? Thank you.

Reduce spasticity: Botox can reduce the spasticity of certain muscle groups or reduce the activity of antagonistic muscles. In the case of facial paresis it can improve symmetry by decreasing activity of contra lateral facial muscles ...Read more

Dr. Chan Hwang
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Dystonia (Definition)

A neurological movement disorder characterized by sustained muscle ...Read more