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    Has anyone tried this? My wife is going for the injections this week in her legs. She is also on Baclofen

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    I have not tried it. There was a man on here a long time ago who tried it, but did not get good results and I don't think continued for a vey long period of time trying to take it. There may be some others that I can not remember right now.
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    I remember hearing a good report on the botox injections, in the legs, working, but not long term.....just temporarily???
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    I tried it maybe six years ago for leg spasticity but saw no benefits.
    Allergic to baclofen, it is just me and klonopin.

    Hope it helps your wife.

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    I did it around 10 years ago for spasms on my sciatic nerve. It was relativity painless procedure and it worked great for a few months but comparing the cost (ins didn't cover it back then) to the expense I am not sure I would do it again. I understand that many insurance co. do cover it now and the methods and amounts have changed with much better results. My doc is all for it but he wont do it as he says that if it isn't done correctly there is absolutely no benefit. It wont do any harm just waste money and disappoint you.

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    A doctor can adequately perform the evaluation to determine if she's eligible to receive botulinum toxin therapy. If the doctor is good and he himself has recommended botox, she should definitely go for it.

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    Default A number of people use Botox for many different MS problems

    Someone in my support group is using it for urinary incontinence. She says it works perfectly and that she does it every 6 months. She said it had totally eliminated all the problems she had had and that she no longer took meds for incontinence.

    Sounded like a success story all around.
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    A study has found that Botox did as good a job with urinary incontinence in women with urge incontience as Vesicare, which is supposed to do a somewhat better job than the other drugs prescribed for this condition:

    http://www.medpagetoday.com/Urology/...ntinence/35131

    And this is from WebMD, July 3, 2012, about Botox and MS tremors:

    Botox May Ease Multiple Sclerosis Tremors

    Study Shows Botox Injections May Have a Role in Treating MS-Related Hand and Arm Tremors

    By Denise Mann
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    Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

    Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) will develop a tremor, and until now, there was little that could be done to minimize this shaking.

    Now new research shows that shots of Botox, the very same wrinkle-busting injection that helps frown lines, may ease hand and arm tremors.

    The findings appear in Neurology.

    MS is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body misfires against the myelin, a fatty substance that insulates the nerve fibers of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves (central nervous system). ...

    Botox is FDA-approved for use in treating crossed eyes, muscle spasms, excessive sweating, migraine headaches, and loss of bladder control due to MS. It is also being investigated in a host of other diseases and conditions, including osteoarthritis.

    Botox for MS Tremors?

    In the study, 23 people with MS were given Botox injections or inactive shots in their affected arm. Three months later, they received the opposite treatment. Researchers measured the tremor severity and their ability to write and draw before and after the injections. They also took videos of the participants performing these tasks.

    The Botox seemed to make a difference.

    People showed improvement in tremor severity, writing, and drawing at six weeks and three months after the Botox shots, the study shows.

    Tremor severity improved by about two points on a 10-point scale, which took a tremor from the moderate range to a milder one. Participants improved by an average of one point on a 10-point scale in writing and drawing tasks.

    Muscle weakness developed in 42% of people after Botox injections, compared to 6% of those who received the inactive shot. This weakness was generally mild and went away within two weeks.

    When people think of MS, they don't think about shaking or tremors, says Nicholas LaRocca, PhD. He is the vice president of health care delivery and policy research at the National MS Society in New York City. "They usually think about difficulty walking, but tremors affect the majority of people with MS."

    They may not always be visible, as these "intention" tremors occur when a person reaches for something. Tremors tend to be more common as the disease progresses.

    There is no cure for MS tremors, but they may be treated with:


    • Physical or occupational therapy
      Use of adaptive devices such as special utensils
      Braces and weights
      Medications
      Surgery



    "But we really do not have an effective treatment, so Botox could be a significant advance," he says. "Time will tell, but this is a promising study that looked at tremor from many different angles and was able to show that there was benefit."

    Ready for Prime Time?

    The next step is a larger study, LaRocca says. It is important to make sure that the minor muscle weakness seen in this study does not become a major problem down the road.

    If you or someone you love has an MS-related tremor, "talk with a specialist who has experience in treating people with MS about the current options for tremors," he says.

    Gayatri Devi, MD, says she is ready, willing, and able to try this treatment in patients with an MS tremor today. She is a neurologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in N.Y.

    "I think it is a grand idea," she says. Botox is already used for other types of tremors, so this is not a big stretch. She often uses Botox to treat overactive bladders in people with MS.

    Devi is not overly concerned about the muscle weakness side effect seen in the new study. "The tremor is so disabling and crippling that it's a little bit of trade-off."

    http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclero...erosis-tremors
    MS diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2002-2005. Copaxone 6/07 - 5/10.
    Member of this MS board since 2001.

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    I have been getting botox injections in my right foot and calf every three months for years. This leg is extremely spastic.

    I just recently had botox to the bladder (one month ago). This has been amazing.

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    Some very good news about Botox. I hope it keeps working. Please keep us informed as I know there are others on here who might be interested.
    Virginia

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