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I have been suffering from very similar symptoms for the past year: upper back and neck pain and stiffness, including deep aching and burning and pulling, pain in pectoral muscles, sore uncomfortable ribs on front and back(feels like they are sticking into me) and burning and soreness in my windpipe and when I breathe (I get panic attacks too now), arm pain and weakness ranging from burning to sharp shooting to aching. I now even have pain and stiffness in my lower back and into my thighs.

I have seen every physical specialist I can think of: physio x3, chiropractic, osteopath and acupuncturist. I have also been to a spinal specialist who took a cervical MRI (showed nothing significant). Most recently I've had numerous blood tests and a thoracic spine X-RAY, again showing nothing.

My doctor finally decided to send me to a Pain Management Consultant. He was very good, said my problem is complex but most likely muscular and has booked me in for botox injections on either side of my thoracic spine, the rhomboid/trapesius muscles I think. The effect of the botox is to relax the muscles giving me an opportunity to get some intensive physiotherapy in the hope that I can strengthen and loosen out my back before the botox wears off in 3-4 months. He has given me no guarantees and said that I am in for lots of hard work over a long period of time. If this doesn't work he is going to do facet joint injections. If they don't work, who knows...

I was wondering if anyone else has has this botox treatment?

Best of luck to everyone - I hope you get the treatment you need.

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