[QUOTE=injured betty]Trigger point injections are basically a fancy name for ESI's. The stuff that they spray to numb the spots is Lidocaine.
It will pretty much feel the same way as the other shots did.
They are steroid shots. It should take down any inflammation that you might have that is stopping motion.
If the pain is coming from your S1 nerve, is that your sciatic nerve? Or is the sciatic nerve effected by the S1/L5?
I would hold off on the shots unless you really can't live without them. Those steroid shots are just not good for you.
If you decide to get them, for sure, ask for some Versad first. It really helps with the pain, or forgetting about the pain.
When I had trigger point shots, they went to the bone. It definetely hurt.
We all have different pain tolerances though.
My Pain Management Doc and My Neurosurgeon both said that my pain severe chronic radiculopathy, or sciatic pain, is comming from damage to my S1 nerve... which is the Sacral Nerve... and that is what is causing my Sciatic Pain, numbness, tingling, burning etc... in my buttock, back of my thigh, calf, and my foot..
So basically when she told me that the trigger point injections would help me get a better range of motion, after she had me bend and such... and I can not bend to far forward, backward, or side to side...... the injections would hopefully help that..... but it isn't really for the severe chronic radiculopathy or sciatic pain that I am getting from the damage to my S1 Nerve Root ( Sacral Nerve) L5-S1... Correct?
Thanks so much for your response...