Living with multiple sclerosis (MS) is a daily struggle that you understand all too well. The central nervous system disease is often unpredictable and can strike each patient in different ways. The condition interrupts the communication between the brain and the body, and you can develop more mild symptoms, such as leg tingling or muscle weakness, or progress to more severe symptoms of the disease, such as the inability to walk or loss of bladder control.
Botox is a treatment most commonly associated with plastic surgery. It works to still or temporarily paralyze muscles in the body via the neurotoxin botulinum it contains. It can be used to treat excessive sweating, wrinkles in the face or other areas of the body and even medical conditions such as muscular diseases and MS. Learn how Botox can help with your MS symptoms, and talk to your doctor about this alternative treatment to see if it will work for you.
Since MS affects you by preventing the brain from transferring information to the rest of your body, a common side effect of this disease is uncontrollable or painful muscle spasms. Botox can be given under the watchful eye of your doctor to halt or slow down severe muscle spasms in your eyes, legs or other areas of the body so you can function more comfortably during the day.
The length of time Botox lasts in your body will rely on a few factors: the severity of your condition, how much Botox is administered at one time and where it is placed. Talk to your doctor about how long you can expect Botox for muscle spasms to last.
A spastic bladder is a common side effect of MS and can cause affected patients to be unable to hold their urine. This symptom can not only cause embarrassing accidents, but it can also be painful or apply uncomfortable pressure within the body. Botox is a common treatment used to slow the spasms within the bladder to allow people to have a more normal flow of urine. If you are suffering from loss of bladder control, talk to your doctor about Botox and how it may be able to help relieve some of your symptoms.
Is Botox Right for You?
Botox injections are not for every patient, especially those who have reacted to it or are allergic to the botulinum within the neurotoxin. Botox may be right for you if you:
- Are immobile due to spasms only
- Encounter frequent bladder urges
- Have main use of your lower/upper limbs
Botox is often given on a case-by-case basis, and since no two patients suffer from MS in the same way, it’s up to your doctor to ultimately decide if the treatment will be right for you. You may not be able to take Botox if your MS is worsening rapidly or if you have respiratory problems in addition to or related to your multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
If you are wondering about the benefits of Botox for your condition, talk to your doctor about having a screening to see if you are eligible for this type of treatment. You may be referred to a specialty neuro clinic to receive your injections where you can be monitored on a regular basis to make sure they are working to improve your symptoms.
It may take a few injections to see improvement, but you can enjoy a better quality of life with Botox. If you have questions or concerns about your MS symptoms, contact our friendly staff at Lakeside Neurocare. We treat a variety of neurological conditions and have years of experience working with multiple sclerosis patients.