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Trigger Point INjections, do they help you?

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Unread 10-07-2009, 07:05 AM   #1
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Crazy Trigger Point INjections, do they help you?

I will soon be getting a call as my dr sent a referral to one of the Centers for Neuromuscular Therapy around here in Charlotte, and a Dr that does trigger point injections.
I suppose I am somewhat confused. If the pain is miswired in our brain, as the CNS is hypersensitive with nerve signals, the brain is telling us that we have heightened pain, but does that mean our muscles are not sore?
Anyhow, back to topic.
Has anyone had these done for tirgger points? I go back to Physical therapy next week and am looking forward to the myofascial work she will do.. but I have never had any injections and dont want to make matters worse.
If they work for you, how often do you go for them? How many shots are given at a time? Where do you get yours done, and how long does it take for you to feel an effect and also get over the soreness of the injections?
Thank you. Most of my pain is in the back of my thighs ( very tight) and my feet.... but I want the thighs first.
I appreciate any help. thank you.
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Quite a few with thoracic outlet syndrome have had trp inj. -you can do a search on that forum or even the whole site to find posts about it.
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/forum24.html

many aren't able to post regularly anymore so a search would be a good way to find the info.


Have you had any "hands on" or manual TrP therapy?
If not I suggest that first to see if they can be resolved without injections.

or possibly acupuncture?

do you have specific little knots that are very sore to pressure ?
where are they located all over or just certain muscles?

PS - I just noticed your siggy- that you have MPS - I was thinking FMS only.


here's one of my threads full of therapy links and more-
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/post388-1.html
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Thank you for replying and also giving me all of the links. I have had manual trigger point therapy for something else last year, but I will be going to the same PT as she was excellent. When I thought the problems were over,
this was finally the diagnosis, so I pray that the myofascial release will help and am considering injections, I just dont want to make things worse.
ONe of your links showed the best place in the US for myofascial pain was Pittsburgh, and the drs there. That is my hometown!!! My parents live there. I have to do more reading, but am planning ongoing to the pain mgt clinic at the mayo.. so. I just want to read it and gather some more info.
Thank you again. Jess
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Default Trigger point injections

I have had trigger point injections to my upper shoulder. They were extremely helpful for about 1 month; but did not last.

I had no side effects nor did it hurt.
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Hi Jess18,
I'm new to the board and this is my first post.
My daughter has been diagnoised with Cervical Myofascial Pain.

We live in Charlotte also and she has trigger points done at the Southeast Pain Center on Randolph Rd. Dr. Munez is excellent.

You can have up to 9 or 10 shots at a time. You can only have some much of the lidocane or procane as it will become toxic if you get too much.

My daughter has had the best relief from these. She has reduced her meds and is starting to have pain levels reduced from 6-8 down to 2-4. Sorness lasts about 3 days for the injections but the pain you feel before you get the shots will get worse after the shots and last about 5-7 days and then it will subside.

Excellent tool for treatment.

Hope you get relief soon.

Sheri in Charlotte
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I have had so many triggerpoint injections, if the holes stayed, I'd look like a strainer.

I swear by them. I have had them for the Fibro, Pelvic pain, RSD, and chest pain.

They do work. I think at times it takes more then one in areas, you almost need a series of them in certain areas to calm it down completely.

My PCP gives them to me. They don't hurt when he does it but at the U of Colorado Hospital the needles were too long. My PCP said they don't have to be big needles to do the job.

Mine are mostly lidocaine and ketamine injections. I've only had about 3 steroid shots in the 10 years of dealing with the pain.

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Confused Please help...Having all 18 trigger point injections w/ ketomine

I am havin all 18 trigger point injections next week and am quite nervous about it. I have already had a ketomine infusion, 1 epidural and 1 round of sciatic injections. The infusion did not go well at all. I go to U of CO Pain Clinic.

Will you all please send my your feedback on the trigger point injections with ketomine? Not sure what to expect after the infusion.



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I have had so many triggerpoint injections, if the holes stayed, I'd look like a strainer.

I swear by them. I have had them for the Fibro, Pelvic pain, RSD, and chest pain.

They do work. I think at times it takes more then one in areas, you almost need a series of them in certain areas to calm it down completely.

My PCP gives them to me. They don't hurt when he does it but at the U of Colorado Hospital the needles were too long. My PCP said they don't have to be big needles to do the job.

Mine are mostly lidocaine and ketamine injections. I've only had about 3 steroid shots in the 10 years of dealing with the pain.

Ada
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Hi ,
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Had spasms so bad just reaching for something would drop me to the floor in pain get shots every month for 5a months and only had a few spasms since getting the shots does not hurt unless you get them in top of shoulder to neck area just a little disconcert but since I been getting the shots able to function again as pt in does not help me much I can move a little better but brings on dull pain for a day but it might not do that with anyone else you have to make your own decision
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I've done trigger point injections a few times, i have had them done by a crap doctor that made me scream bloody murder with each injection, and I've had them done by a very skilful doc which almost made it feel like nothing due to pain I already get.

Both times I got pain relief after a few days of being sore at injection sites but they only lasted max two weeks and at worst it lasted only a few days. The thing about getting these injections is you can't have them too often (my first doc only allowed them once in three months!!!) if they contain steroids and most likely they will, the lidocaine is only going to last a shorter time if it didn't have steroids to back it up.

I would say its good for a quickie relief but nothing good long term can come out of it, but great for those this works for!!
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