I have cervical spondylotic myelopathy and severe central canal stenosis at C5-7. In the process of preparing for a 2-level ACDF, my neurologist, oncologist, and ortho surgeon came up w/a nonsurgical protocol of trigger point injections to relieve nerve irritation. The idea is that the injections may relieve pain, allowing the muscles to relax and restore some of the lordotic curve. I have kyphosis.
This protocol is intended to widen the spinal canal by a very small amount through loosening the muscles. It may support a better surgical outcome in restoring lordosis. I had my first set of injections today. They were painful; however, I think the R side one may have reduced some of the pain.
I was looking at surgery in July, so I got new scans to help in planning the surgery, generating rethinking the treatment plan. It's been challenging to shift gears (I just got called in for an appointment about this today). My surgeon is pregnant and won't do the ACDF after mid-Aug. The next time she will be available is Nov.
Has anyone tried this approach? I know the surgery is elective and there's no need to rush into things. However, I am so weary and pain is affecting my daily life and setting limitations. It's as though I'm in a tug-of-war w/myself. Part of me just wants to have the surgery and another is saying that trying out this trigger point approach is a reasonable thing to do. Feedback and support appreciated :S :-S
PLIF L1-3 6/13
ACDF (C5-7) 8/12
PLIF (L2-5) 2003/05/08