Getting Trigger Point shots Wednesday...

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by shan1078, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. shan1078

    shan1078 New Member

    This is a question for those of you who have had trigger point injections.

    I'm getting the injections for the first time this Wednesday. I am currently not on pain med's, but I do take Lyrica. After you get the shots, are you sent home with any pain medication? I hope so. I'm scared of the pain afterward.

    ANY INFO, would be great!!

    Thanks Guys !!!
  2. gidgetsmom

    gidgetsmom New Member

    I have had several rounds of trigger point injections.

    To tell you the truth, I don't think they helped much.

    BUT they have kept MY pain down to where I haven't had to increase my pain meds.

    Are you going to a pain management clinic for these shots?? Some pain management clinics offer just shots, some do meds as well as shots.

    You shouldn't have much pain afterwards. Best way to represent it is much like a sprained muscle. Stiff, a little sore for a few days.

    I have always been knocked out for a few minutes to receive the shots. Are they gonna do this for you?

    I hope this helps answer some of your question.

    If you can tell me a little more I'll be glad to help any way I can!!

    Good Luck,
    Shelley
  3. shan1078

    shan1078 New Member

    Hi Shelly, thanks for responding!! I'm go to my rheumatologist for the injections. You said you that you were knocked out a few minutes before the shots, did they sedate you so it wouldn't hurt. If so, is this what most Dr.'s do?

    The rheumy that I'm having do the injections, I've seen before. He said that he didn't think that pain meds were appropriate for FM sufferers. So, I was hoping, maybe, that he would give me a few incase the pain got bad.

  4. gidgetsmom

    gidgetsmom New Member

    I went to a pain management center of our local hospital for the shots and they did sedate me. They were done by the head of the anestheseology dept.
    That's the anestheseologists job.....stop pain!!

    Personally, I don't know of any rheumatologist that would knock you out in the office for these shots. Where exactly are the points they're gonna shoot??

    The pain management center that I go to now does trigger point injections, nerve blocks, pain meds etc. I would not be able to work without them.

    The one rheumatologist we have here, I won't go to again. The ONLY thing he did for me was refer me to the pain mgmt. center I go to now. At the one and only office visit with him, he told me to "not to tell anyone I had FM...forget I had FM...it was an imagined illness". I never went back!!

    If he doesn't think pain meds are appropriate for FM sufferers, I doubt you will get any pain meds before during or after!!

    Have you done a search to see if there is a pain management center near you??

    I go to the one in Paducah, KY, but that's rather far for you!!

    I'm here if ya need anything else!!!!

    Shelley

  5. shan1078

    shan1078 New Member

    Thanks for all the good info. I will look for a pain mgt. center, cause I don't think I can tollerate the pain anymore!

  6. gidgetsmom

    gidgetsmom New Member

    Keep in touch!!!!!! :)
  7. Mini4Me

    Mini4Me New Member

    My physiatrist (specialist in rehabilitation) does them. I take a vicodin before I go in. She gives me no sedation in the office, and the injections are saliene solution, as the needle hitting the trigger point is what releases it and dissolves the pain. I feel great and relaxed when I leave her office, but I can get some localized bruising and pain the next day.

    It's painful when the needle hits the trigger point, your muscle involuntarily jumps, and you feel the referred pain for just an instant, and then it's over!
    Best of luck,
    Mini

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