Yesterday, I bit the bullet and got my hand Botoxed. In other words, was treated with Botulinum toxin injections!
The purpose of this was to calm a "dystonic tremor" that had developed (I'm guessing) from several years of t trying to play the flute with cubital tunnel syndrome before it was properly treated.
The decision to go ahead with the Botox was an agonizing choice, because of the risks involved and the fact that it is, well, a toxin. Plus I had other concerns because I didn't fully understand the process. How could any doctor pinpoint exactly which nerve to target? Then, there were the horror stories I think are best not to discuss here.
But after several months of exercises and natural remedies (and a few medications), it seemed like an appropriate course of action.
It's been a little over 24 hours, so it's far too soon to say for certain, but so far it seems like the right decision. Though I went into this with some trepidation, I gained a little more confidence when I learned that they don't target the nerve, but the muscle. And the doctor had me wiggle my affected fingers so she could find the precise muscle to inject. Afterwards, I felt two quick pricks (I couldn't look) and it was over.
The tremor is already pretty much gone and I'm hoping this is a good thing. There's no pain or stiffness, either. But I was told to expect it to work "between 4 and 7 days", so I've still got three more days and hope that this early "success" is not a sign that it will overshoot the mark.
I'll keep you posted.
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