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question about a broken needle.

motelman99mmotelman99 Posts: 122
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Pain Management
question,what would you do if a dr was giving you a trigger shot and it broke.......medicine went all over us.the plastic shot thing just exploded........the dr said don;t move and left the needle in my back,and it did move a little.he came back and put another plastic shot thing on the needle.....heres the kicker...if anyone ever have a trigger shot they go in deep.not this one. he varely went in the skin and gave me the shot..........before the needlebroke it was in deep.anyway i think he hurt me....


  • I've had them.....but no brokeback.Now,the Dr did[/u] nick a nerve when doing an ESI (my last one),and I was scared and bit shaken up.I didn't realize how shaken until I went out to my car(later)...where I proceded to explode into tears.

    If I had a broken needle I'm not sure what I would do...I know what I [u]wouldn't
    do-and that is I would not let that Dr inject me again.

    Why do you think that you are hurt...more pain you mean? If that's the case I would certainly mention my concerns and say that an X-RAY would help set my mind at ease.I'm not sure though,what you mean by hurt.
  • As long as the needle was removed intact it wouldn't have done any more harm other than any other injection. A needle creates a minimal microtrauma along a tract,and that tract isn't altered by the needle breaking from the hub (which is what your describing with the medicine going all over"). There may have been a structural defect in the needle - the doctor hopefully will report this to his medical supplier and see if their were other issues with that lot. It sound like he chose too small a bore needle - it creates more pressure in the syringes if he is injecting against a lot of resistance (such as a muscle in severe spasm, or scar tissue), the fluid can't go through the bore at high pressure and causes a break at the weakest part of the system - which would be the plastic hub. Hopefully he repeated the injection into the same spot to make sure you did get the medicine into the right place (it doesn't do much good squirting on your skin).
  • I used the butterfly needle and plastic tubing while working as a Nurse. It can happen that if there's a muscle knot and the pressure pops the plastic tube out. No harm done I think. The needle didn't break the plastic tube popped off. Put ice packs if the injections hurt after. My back burned after triggers, well after all injections. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Oh,Well now,I was under the impression that the needle itself broke whenever I answered the first time.If it was the plastic part that holds the meds that broke,from the pressure-as described so well by optimist-my answer would not have been the same at all.

    Your pain is probably coming from the pressure in that knot..that must be pretty tight in there to back up the meds,and you didn't get any relief(obviously)because the injection was unsuccessful.That would be my guess??
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