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Trigger pt Injections and Mid Back Pain

DonnabeDDonnabe Posts: 597
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:59 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I have been having mid and upper back pain for some time now. My fusion was successful in helping the severe neck and shoulder blade pain, as well as the arm weakness, but it seems to have made the mid back pain worse. This is pain along the lower half of the thoracic spine that is always there but gets worse throughout the course of the day. By the evening, especially if I have had an active day, I will have pain wrapping around my ribs- on both sides. I have tried lower back and neck PT (2 months of each), meds and trigger point injections. I got 4 trigger point injections 2 days ago. Yesterday evening my pain was even worse than it has been, that was about 30 hours since the injections. Does this mean it is not helping? Or does it take longer than that to start working? One thing that was odd... Of the 4 injections one I did not feel even a prick. I felt nothing. 1 hurt moderately, and the other 2 barely hurt at all. Any idea what that means? If you had TP injections did you feel them? I am starting to think the pain is actually coming from my shoulders. When I use my TENS unit and put it over the area of the mid back pain, it feels too low, when I put it in my shoulder, upper back area it seems to help. Everything feels lower if that makes sense.

Anyway, what I am asking is... Have you ever had trigger point injections? I believe it was a steroid that was injected. Did they help? Did they hurt? How long did it take before it started working? Has anyone had mid back pain like this?

ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg


  • lumbar trigger point injections last spring using local anesthetic. It did nothing, but cause me more pain for about 3-4 weeks.

    Sorry that I did not have better news to report on them.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    I have had endless number of trigger point injections. They can be given in groups, I've had up to 6 at one time.

    Its not steroids like spinal injections. Its a cooling anesthetic that hopefully can calm down an irritated area. I have always had good success with trigger points. They wont eliminate the problem, but sometimes, it can calm things down enough for you to continue to manage the pain.

    One thing for sure, after any trigger point, ICE, ICE and more ICE for at least 15 minutes to the area that was injected.
    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
  • Unfortunately I don't think it helped. It seems to kind of flared everything up!
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
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  • Over the course of 2 years of treatment, I've lost count of the number of injections, RFL, etc, that i've received. I did not have any relief with any of those types of treatments. Typicall, after each injection or treatment, the spot was worse for 1 day or sometimes 2 but I don't recall any additional pain or discomfort beyond 2 days. My doc did say that i could take some OTC meds except aspirin or blood thinning agents. Your pharmacist can probably offer a suggestion or two. Have you called your doc to ask for advice? In my case, my PM doc said he had to go through each of those treatments, even though he knew that would NOT work, because my medical insurance required certain steps before he could do anything else. However, I'm still waiting for that "something else" that he thought was going to help with my pain! LOL Good luck.
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