From MSNBC — i can’t belive what we’re going through is in here!

Botox for your bits? Shot may smooth over sex problems

Wrinkle-busting Botox has long been used to rev up the sex lives of women who blame waning allure on facial lines and creases, but doctors now say the injections can help smooth problems below the belt as well.

The newest use for botulinum Toxin A, the active ingredient in drugs such as Botox or Dysport, is to help ease painful vaginal conditions that plague women with excruciating burning sensations or constrict their muscles so tightly that sex is all but impossible.

“Almost to a patient, they say it’s like hitting a brick wall,” said Dr. Peter T. Pacik, a New Hampshire plastic surgeon who is conducting an FDA-approved clinical trial testing the use of Botox on severe cases of vaginismus. “Most patients I treat are unable to consummate, unable to have a family.”

Such patients – perhaps as many as 6 percent of all women worldwide – suffer from what Pacik describes as a reflex reaction to sexual penetration that causes their muscles to spasm. The problem is often rooted in fear caused by sexual abuse or a rigid upbringing, but it becomes unmistakably physical.

“It’s uncontrollable and involuntary,” said Pacik, the author of “When Sex Seems Impossible: Stories of Vaginismus & How You Can Achieve Intimacy.”

To treat the problem, Pacik injects the muscles at the entrance of the vagina with Botox, which works as it does in the face, interrupting nerve impulses and allowing the muscles to relax.

“When I inject them, I put them asleep,” he said. “You would not be able to approach these people with a needle.”

When they wake up, the women find that they are relaxed enough to allow penetration and, soon, to have normal sex with their husbands or partners. Pacik has treated 78 patients so far and all but one have virtually been cured after a single session, he said.

His work was echoed this week by a new report in the journal Archives of Dermatologythat said a 26-year-old woman was cured of vulvodynia, an excruciating, persistent burning vaginal pain, with the use of botulinum Toxin A injections.

And it was confirmed by Patti Dyer, a 59-year-old Maine nurse who said she has suffered from vaginismus for more than 30 years. Despite having three children, all delivered by cesarean section, Dyer said sex has always been painful to the point of tears. She and her husband, Bill, toughed it out because of their love for each other, she said. But when she heard about Pacik’s work, she had to try it.

On Jan. 10, Dyer had the $6,300 Botox treatment. Within two weeks, she said, she and her husband were able to have sex for the first time in a dozen years. With a month, they were catching up on lost time.

“We’re like honeymooners,” she said. “This is so exciting. This is what it should have been 30 years ago.”

Dyer would recommend Botox down below to anyone suffering like she was. But when it comes to using the drug in her face, she draws the line.

“Oh, no,” she said. “I’m not that vain. It’s just for the part that needs it.”

my mom keeps talking to me about Davis’ heart thing, she’s concerned and is worried that I’m going to live her life and she doesn’t want me to have to go through that. I wish he didn’t have to go to work today … i know im probably going to be going back on tuesday or Wednesday … i dont think i can stay out any longer. my therapist said that they’re sending me to a pain management specialist and not an orthopedic specialist. that could be what the big problem is. i have a PROBLEM not a pain thing.

Stupid doctors

We went back for Davis follow up this afternoon … and then we went out to Olive Garden for lunch.

i had a PT follow up today too … then i have to go back to the doctor on monday and see what they have to say about me going back to work…that hardly seems important to me right now. they found a problem with Davis’ heart. it’s not critical but we have to go to a cardiologist to get a better look at it. He’s not worried. i’m worried. I don’t want to say the name of it again. Im going to try not to read too much about it. He said its no big deal and hes fine and will be fine. I trust him, i love him, i believe him.

….but its weird that my mother is being supportive and actually is worried about him.

So I had some trouble with the fillings but we were able to do 3 of them on th top right. I was so excited to get to get them do. i hate that I can get so cranked up but this was another positive experience for me. Now I go back march 7th for more teeth to get filled. That means i think i have 3 more on the top left, and the 4 on the bottom right. After that its just up to me to brush and floss and keep them healthy

…right, and the wisdom teeth need to come out. That doesn’t even feel so scary anymore.

my old dentist is such a dick. We got into this huge deal over the phone because my bill is late and i owe them a lot of money and they want it all before they can send my X-rays and I cant pay that so i need to. So i don’t know what im going to tell my dentist. i guess the truth. This totally has freaked me out to go tomorrow. maybe i should change the appointment so its something farther from this. If i do that, does that make me a quitter? i think it does. I have to go tomorrow no matter how much im freaking out because then i can prove to myself that it was just that guy again … not just me. its not all me

i told my mom and she’s so upset that the old guy was a dick. we keep talking about it. I need to calm down.