Chronic Pain Sufferer Finding Relief Through Botox Injections - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

9/19/07-Tyler

Chronic Pain Sufferer Finding Relief Through Botox Injections

"It's like having a muscle cramp. You know how painful those are, like 24 hours a day 7 days a week," said Todd Korich

He's talking about the chronic pain he's had in his back. He got into a car accident, crushing several vertebrae in his back and tells us what it's been like living with it for the last 19 years.

"There were days that I just laid on the floor, on the hard floor with my feet up. I just couldn't function anymore the pain would get so bad."

After several, more invasive, procedures that failed Todd's wish to relieve the pain would come in a tiny bottle. We know it as Botox.

"This ended up being a simpler option. Something we can do here in the exam room," said Todd's doctor James Michaels with Texas Spine & Joint.

That's where Dr. Michaels performs the procedure.

First the Botox is mixed with a saline solution, then injected into the problem areas in Todd's back.

"It blocks that nerve input, so the muscle doesn't get all that nerve input causing the muscle to contract and spasm," said Dr. Michaels.

Minutes later the procedure is complete. Todd said he felt a significant improvement after his initial treatments.

"My golf game improved greatly," said Todd laughing. "I got the full effects within a week."

After two years of getting the Botox injections Todd said he gets about 70% pain relief. Dr. Michaels says it's worth a discussion with your doctor to see if it's right for you.

"It's a case by case evaluation."

Todd's symptoms recur only after several months which has become a welcome change.

"I can do things more freely now and not have to worry about the consequences," said Todd.

An important note: This is considered an off label use of Botox. It is not FDA approved to use for pain management. But Dr. Michaels said there are no studies that show significant risk of complications.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

 

  • NewsMore>>

  • John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:14 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:14:50 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
  • Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:08 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:08:11 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
  • Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Friday, August 18 2017 10:43 PM EDT2017-08-19 02:43:21 GMT
    Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly