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Suggest treatment for difficulty swallowing caused by Botox injections

I went to the dr 11 days ago and had botox injections for muscle pain in my neck no I am having trouble swallowing my food and I am in more pain now than before my dr said it will wear off but how long does it take and is there anything in the mean time I can do?
Thu, 2 Jul 2015
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Hello,
Thanks for writing in to HCM.

When the botulinum injections are given in the neck sometimes it spreads to adjacent muscles i.e; the strap muscles which support the hyoid bone. When the Strap muscles become weak due botulinum toxin , difficulty in swallowing occurs.
Kindly inform your doctor regarding this.

Such problems get better with time and need3-6 weeks time.
You need to do modifications in your diet like:
1. Eat semisolid food - mashed vegetables, curd.
2. drink water if the food is getting stuck and try to push the particles by drinking water.
3. Eat only in sitting posture.

Kindly consult a physician immediately if food enters wind pipe to avoid aspiration.
Kindly avoid botulinum injections on the neck in future.

Regards,
Dr.Riyanka
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Suggest treatment for difficulty swallowing caused by Botox injections

Hello, Thanks for writing in to HCM. When the botulinum injections are given in the neck sometimes it spreads to adjacent muscles i.e; the strap muscles which support the hyoid bone. When the Strap muscles become weak due botulinum toxin , difficulty in swallowing occurs. Kindly inform your doctor regarding this. Such problems get better with time and need3-6 weeks time. You need to do modifications in your diet like: 1. Eat semisolid food - mashed vegetables, curd. 2. drink water if the food is getting stuck and try to push the particles by drinking water. 3. Eat only in sitting posture. Kindly consult a physician immediately if food enters wind pipe to avoid aspiration. Kindly avoid botulinum injections on the neck in future. Regards, Dr.Riyanka