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trigger point injection for myofascial pain following surgery

Has anyone had experience with trigger point injections. I'm 7 months post cervical spine surgery and the pain is worse thabn ever. Have seen surgeon, pain doc, physical therapist and finally diagnosed with MFPS by a neurologist. She suggested trigger point therapy and I'm considering that. I'm so sick of doctors and medical appointments. Would like to hear of others' experiences. Thanks.
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  • I go in for TP injections every 2-3 weeks depending on how my back is acting up. They do work, if you can pin point the problem areas, there is a lot of poking and proding but when they find the spot you can bet you will know it. You will be a bit sore the day after, but it does loosen things up.

    Some folks get longer relief then I do and if they work well for you, you can look to Botox as the next step that will allow for a much longer relief period.

    Get the injections a few times, see if they provide relief. If so then look to the Botox.
    Fusion L4-S1, T8-T9 herniation.
  • EJM300EEJM300 Posts: 1
    edited 12/13/2012 - 5:16 PM
    I can't give advice on them but this subject interests me. I am almost 5 years post cervical fusion. I was recovering well until I fell about 3 months post op. I landed flush on my right shoulder and snapped my neck to the right. Ever since then I have had a severe pain and spasm of my right trapezius muscle. I have had therapy, injections at the nerve roots , everything except trigger point injections . The Pain mgmt facility will not do them because my sugar is too high. I remember my chiro would do trigger point therapy on my back and they would work after a few sessions. He basically used his thumb or maybe a rod of some sort to put extreme pressure on the area that was in spasm. I am under the impression that the nerves often "false fire" or over fire in some cases after a severe injury and it worked for me. I am waiting for my meds to get my sugar under control and I am getting close. If your pain is spasm like and you can feel "knots" or lumps, I would do it in a minute if I were you. It has been a long time for me, I have tried everything else including 80 mg oxycontin with 20 mg oxycodone for break through which is basically the trap spasms. When I have them , which is alot, the meds dont touch it. The minute my blood sugar is where it needs to be, I want a needle in that muscle. Good luck, go for it.
  • joanw3 said:
    Has anyone had experience with trigger point injections. I'm 7 months post cervical spine surgery and the pain is worse thabn ever. Have seen surgeon, pain doc, physical therapist and finally diagnosed with MFPS by a neurologist. She suggested trigger point therapy and I'm considering that. I'm so sick of doctors and medical appointments. Would like to hear of others' experiences. Thanks.
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