Thursday, February 12, 2009

Why I Get Botox

I'm wrinkly, why else? Just kidding. Turns out Botox is used for more than just cosmetic reasons. It is injected into tight muscles throughout the body to loosen them and relieve pain. I use Botox for just that reason. Because of my injury and the fact that I can't move my muscles, I get extremely tight in my neck and back and it's usually associated with pain. Botox is one way that I am able to relieve pain and loosen my muscles. The other ways are physical therapy and massage therapy.

I get Botox injections every three months at Gillette Children's Hospital in St. Paul. Some of the places that they have injected it into are my occipitals, neck, pectoral muscles (major and minor), upper back and shoulders (specifically my upper trapezius and rhomboids), hip flexors, latissimus dorsi, and my left calf and foot. Don't worry if you don't know all of these muscles, I didn't either until I started getting injections in them. I find that Botox is very helpful and I notice a difference just two days after getting it.

Jenni

3 comments:

Cheryl said...

Hey, does Dr Gormley do them by any chance? He's a cool guy. He did me a couple of times but since someone from gillette moved to maryland I no longer have to fly out there. I get botox in my gastrocs, right adductor and hamstring, sometimes hip flexor, and this last time we did my lower back and my left shoulder. Why we never did those 2 before I don't know. I'm kind of peeved. I'm also peeved that it wore of on my gastrocs and I don't have an appt til april (I used to go every 12 weeks, but now it is every 6 months)

You know people get all confused. They are so used to hearing about it in the face and think to de-wrinkle you have to tighten them. I always get a funny look when I go noooo, it loosens them..

Jenni said...

Cheryl,
It just so happens he does. Mine wears off after 9 weeks and then I have to wait a few weeks before I can get it again. That would suck to have to wait 6 months. Is there a reason you switched from 12 weeks to 6 months?
Jenni

GRANDPA JIM said...

HI JENNI,
JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW I LOVE YOU AND THINK OF YOU OFTEN. GRANDPA JIM