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    Old 05-06-2015, 06:19 AM   #1
    jennylynne04
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    Trigger Neck Injections

    Hey Everyone! I was in a wreck back in 2006 where I received fractured/dislocated C6/C7, Double Tib/Fib Fracture,one with a compound, and tore everything in my knee. I had a cervical spine fusion done. I done really well other than the occasional muscle spasms in my neck. Most times percocet and flexaril would help. Since December 2014 I have had severe pain in my right shoulder,and down my spine to about T5. I've tried Chiropractor,massages,heat, ice, and topical cremes. I have a disabled son that I have to lug around daily. Hes currently 43in and weighs 45lbs. So, the option of just resting is a no go. I went to the Pain Clinic last Friday and had Trigger Point Injections done it was just lidocain. Other than feeling numb in the 14 injection sites for about a hour that day they didnt work. I'm only 28 years old and too freakin young to be sitting in a pain clinic! Any suggestions or tips?!

     
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    Old 05-06-2015, 04:49 PM   #2
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    Re: Trigger Neck Injections

    Welcome to the board!

    I would say you probably need to visit a spine specialist, that is a neuro or ortho surgeon with specialized training in the spine that limits their practice to spinal issues. Your previous surgeon may be good if you liked him/her. You probably need to get an MRI done to see what is going on that is causing the pain.

    In general, it is not uncommon to have what is called adjacent segment disease after spinal fusion. That means that spinal segments above and below the fusion suffer more stress and are thus more likely to degenerate and cause issues such as nerve or spinal cord compression which can lead to the type of symptoms you are experiencing.

    Trigger point injections are commonly used for things like muscle pain and fibromyalgia. If the pain is coming from the nerve roots, as I suspect, they would do very little other than temporarily numb the injection sites.

    A spine specialist will be able to order appropriate diagnostics such as MRI to get to the bottom of your symptoms and prescribe appropriate treatment. FYI: if there is some spinal cause for your symptoms they are likely going to recommend that you don't lift your son. I was told not to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk.

    Good luck and let us know how you get on...

     
    Old 05-07-2015, 06:29 AM   #3
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    Re: Trigger Neck Injections

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    Welcome to the board!

    I would say you probably need to visit a spine specialist, that is a neuro or ortho surgeon with specialized training in the spine that limits their practice to spinal issues. Your previous surgeon may be good if you liked him/her. You probably need to get an MRI done to see what is going on that is causing the pain.

    In general, it is not uncommon to have what is called adjacent segment disease after spinal fusion. That means that spinal segments above and below the fusion suffer more stress and are thus more likely to degenerate and cause issues such as nerve or spinal cord compression which can lead to the type of symptoms you are experiencing.

    Trigger point injections are commonly used for things like muscle pain and fibromyalgia. If the pain is coming from the nerve roots, as I suspect, they would do very little other than temporarily numb the injection sites.

    A spine specialist will be able to order appropriate diagnostics such as MRI to get to the bottom of your symptoms and prescribe appropriate treatment. FYI: if there is some spinal cause for your symptoms they are likely going to recommend that you don't lift your son. I was told not to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk.

    Good luck and let us know how you get on...
    Thanks for the advice. I am currently seeing a Nuero doc also. He is who referred me to the Pain Clinic. He done a MRI of my C-Spine and said it showed severe edema and a "bruise" on my cord at C6. At this time he wants to repeat the MRI in 2 months to make sure that the "bruise" is still the same shape and size. If it isn't then he will start treating it as a tumor. After being referred to the pain clinic he ordered the MRI of T1-T5. It showed mild arthritis. Both MRIs showed my spine looked perfect. I refuse to take to meds because of my sons disability I need to have a clear mind. I could never forgive myself if something was to happen and I had been taking meds at the time. As for lifting him I generally try not to but with him only being 4 its kind of hard not too at some point in the day. I know there has to be others out there with some type of similar pain. I hate going to docs and getting the run around and most of the time they just say here take these pain pills....

     
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