If you thought Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) was only used to reduce wrinkles and fine lines caused by aging, think again! It’s also used to treat many types of medical conditions, including the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
I now have firsthand experience with using Botox for Parkinson’s symptoms. My husband, Arman, who was diagnosed at age 38 in 2009, was encouraged to try it by his team of specialists (neurologist, physical therapist, and occupational therapist), hoping it’d bring about temporary relief.
For Arman, stiffness and rigidity seem to be two of the most difficult parts of Parkinson’s. It’s become nearly impossible for him to stand up straight and lift his head, which is not only uncomfortable and even painful, but also frustrating and even dangerous. When we’re out and about, I have to point out every step or uneven surface ahead of us so he won’t fall, because he can only see the ground directly below him. Imagine walking with your head all the way down to your chest.