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Time to say NO to any more injections?

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Old 09-03-2008, 05:00 AM   #1
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Time to say NO to any more injections?

I had 5 trigger point injections (with cortisone) in my ribs two weeks ago. I always get increased pain/muscle spasms for 3-5 days after a cortisone injection, but this time it still hasn't improved even two weeks later. Since I normally take meds only during the day and not at night this has really reduced the amout of sleep I'm getting. I see my PCP this afternoon since the PM doc said "I don't know what's wrong, it's probably a GI problem or cancer - nothing more I can do" and sent me back to her. I've had so many injections in the last year and a half and none of them have helped other than the nerve blocks and that only for a short time (2-3 weeks). I'm open to other forms of treatment, but so far the only things that have helped are the muscle relaxer, oxycodone, massage, and for my shoulder PT. The PT I did this summer has pretty much resolved my shoulder problem, it's not 100% yet but I'm still working on strengthing it. Resolving the shoulder problem helped the neck too, but the arthritis and bone spurs are still there.

I think it's time for me to say "no more cortisone" at least for a while. Given that the last ones made things worse is this a reasonable decision? Hopefully my PCP will be able to give me a better idea what might be going on. I really think it might be myofacial pain.


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Old 09-03-2008, 08:13 AM   #2
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Re: Time to say NO to any more injections?

Tigger, you know your body best & I dont blame you for saying enough.
I am really scared of having anything done in that rib area, that effects every movement, breathing & so on.
I am getting the nerve block tommorrow with the ESIs for thoracic, so anxious to see if any relief. My PM brought up GI to, but had that looked into already. I have reflux but thats not causing all the rib pain. I am not a doctor but will say you may very well be right about the myofascial. My PM did say first appointment he was stumped by that area & if anywhere that could be where the muscle damage could be. Until proven otherwise I think thats what it is, & you feel the same. No one has given you or I any other possable cause, so what are we left to believe? I feel for you & want you to know you are in my prayers. Sammy

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