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4/30/12 6:00 A

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Hi my hubby was prescribed Tramadol. He goes for trigger shots about 1x every 2 years. he has a series of 3. He's had accupunture on head and neck also. I just mentioned Botox and he said that he would need more data for that. However, I have a friend who had violent headaches and used botox for them.

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4/30/12 3:55 A

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Funny you mention this because I have been with my Stepfather a lot lately. He was diagnosed in January after an urgent admission to Hospital re severe neck pain - severe arthritis etc in the neck. He was on lots of serious pain relief including Gabapentin, Oxycontin and Paracetamol. It helped a bit but the pain was still serious.

There are exercises that you can do to help this, but a Physiotherapist NEEDS to teach you these and supervise you until you know how to do it properly. Done incorrectly it can cause more problems.

I asked about Acupuncture and his GP AND the Specialist both agreed that it was a very good option. I took him for his first session today. I take him back again on Thursday.

My experience of Acupuncture (extensive for unrelated issues) is that you need every few days for 2-3 weeks, and then it gradually reduces down as the body responds.

Where it comes to Botox, I have heard of it being used for this, and successfully, but in all honesty, I would have to think MORE than twice before I agreed to this treatment because of what the chemical is.

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4/29/12 11:05 P

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Just recently diagnosed with OA of the neck between C-4 and C-5. I have had pain for so many years. He gave me a muscle relaxer and pain medication, Tramadol, to help with it. I have also had to have trigger injections a few times because of extreme tightness in my muscles. He mentioned that some have used Botox to alleviate pain and relax the muscles. Was curious to know if anyone has tried this or would recommend any other treatments. I am pretty active with exercise, I take warm salt baths, and I am already on Cymbalta for Fibromyalgia/Depression. Appreciate your thoughts.

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