Re: Trigger point injections for FM
I have many many trigger points. I do stretching and self-massage every day, and get professional massages as often as I can afford. But sometimes they get so stuck, the only thing that'll release them is an injection. When the needle hits the hard spot in just the right way, my back feels better for MONTHS.
The injections themselves are not bad. Sometimes I feel almost nothing as the trigger point releases. Sometimes it doesn't hurt, but it just feels weird, a sensation of heat, or cold, or a muscle jumping as it releases. Sometimes it does hurt, but just for a moment. Every doctor who's injected me puts a little bit of lidocaine in the needle, so if there is pain, the lidocaine relieves it within seconds.
Afterward, I tend to feel very relaxed, sometimes even giggly. The next day, I might be sore, although ice helps, and the soreness passes after a couple days.
I've JUST found a new doctor. She's a physiatrist, and she's the best I've ever seen at giving trigger point injections. Palpate and stick, palpate and stick, all with a fine-gauge needle and a drop of lidocaine in each one. I had no pain worth mentioning during, though I was sore today. Next week, we're going to do another area.
Last doctor I saw was AWFUL at it. He didn't hurt me, he just completely failed to help! Citing the need to prevent infection, he never palpated at all, just grabbed the needle and stuck it in somewhere vaguely close to the area I'd indicated. He actually hit one trigger point, but I think that was just luck. And he'd only give me like 2 at a time and then make me wait months for more.