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Trigger Point Injections..

daisy maeddaisy mae Posts: 109
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Spinal Injections
Hello all,
Firstly I will apologize IF I'm asking a question that has been answered before in the forum. To be honest, sitting on my hiney kills so I am not able to research for long.
My question is this, I went to see a pain management dr last night for the 1st time and he suggested tpi instead of the other ones the neuro suggested. He said I had myofacial pain (sp?) and it would be better to have the tpi done..and he said he could do them himself. The other dr was sending me to a anethetist that specialised in the injections (epi and facet) so I don't know?
And from what I have read on the boards it seems that your pain management drs take care of your meds..he just asked what I was taking and how often, was it working and whatnot? No mention of anything other then I told him the neuro wanted me to take the Cymbalta and he offered his opinion. I told him how very afraid I am to take it and he said don't. Why not try these things first if you are that concerened. But he didn't write a new med script. Maybe it's different in Canada? I see my family dr for the meds now, so I am unsure and I don't see the pain dr until December!
Any words? Again sorry if it's been touched upon, I'm not trying to annoy anyone, thanks guys!


  • The first Dr. I saw only wanted to give me trigger point injections so I did 8 weeks of 8 injections with very little relief but some. I asked if epidural would help? He gave me two. He also told me the infrared platinum heating pad could help with muscle and annular tear pain.

    I got a second opinion Pain Management Dr. and he said my facet joints are bothering me as it says so right on the MRI so I got facet joint injections and 3 more epidurals and suggested my GP Dr. give me Cymbalta. My MRI showed facet joint arthropy(arthritis)

    Because of the distance I got my 3rd PM Dr. this is in my 3rd year and I'm getting facet joint injections and epidurals and nerve blocks in hip and butt and it's a woman and I feel more comfortable with her even though she gives 6 epidurals in the first year. I live in Canada and if you want you can PM me. My own Family Dr. gives my pain meds but the Pain Management Drs give her the suggestions as this 3rd Dr. will be suggesting something else for my pain to my Family Dr. I can't make any suggestions what to do for your PM Dr. In my case because I had a herniated disc and sciatica numb leg and foot they gave me epidural to help for that. It depends what your MRI says. 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
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    Over the years I have had close to a dozen Epidural Spinal Injections. Some have helped, some did not help at all.

    Not the same with Trigger points. Just in the past 3 months I have had over a dozen trigger points in my thoracic area. They help, provide me with relief, not always long lasting, but thats not the trigger point fault. In fact, I will probably be going in this week for another set of about 6 trigger point injections.
    The key is after the injections, make sure you ice the area and do not exercise or stretch the area for about 48 hours

    Don't worry about repeating something. Sometimes, it is easier just to ask new.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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