We've come to think of Botox as the next best thing to the fountain of youth now that so many use it to erase fine lines and wrinkles. But long before the FDA approved it for cosmetic use, Botox was literally transforming lives.
Judy Sumpter, for example, has Fibromyalgia, a pain in the fibrous tissues, usually deep in the muscle. She's had Botox before for pain relief. Now, she's back for more.
"For pain, it's best. There are going to be all kinds of medications, and it's hurt and nothing has helped it. And so this has been the life saver, it really helps," says Sumpter.
Dr. Miles Day, Co-Director TTUHSC Pain Institute, says Botox for back pain is routine for many patients. The patient is awake during the procedure. After injecting a dye which illuminates the target muscle on x-ray, doctors are guided by that to inject Botox directly into the source of the pain.
Judy will go home after a 15 minute procedure. And just like using Botox for wrinkles, the best results in pain relief come a few days after the treatment.
"I don't care about the wrinkles. If my back has wrinkles, they're gone for sure," says Judy.