Effects of Trigger Point Injections on Fibromyalgia

Trigger point injections, though designed to relieve myofascial pain syndrome, can provide great benefits to those with fibromyalgia. Because so many fibromyalgia sufferers also have myofascial pain syndrome, trigger point injections are becoming more and more effective at treating fibromyalgia pain.

Trigger point injections provide a variety of benefits to the patient:

  • Trigger point injections provide quick, long-lasting relief from trigger point pain
  • Injections reduce the amount of referred pain
  • Injections help to minimize the effects of other symptoms, including fatigue, stiffness, and disability
  • Injections can be done quickly and conveniently in your physician’s office or at a pain clinic
  • There is minimal recovery time involved in trigger point injection therapy

The Procedure

Trigger point injection therapy is actually a very simple and short procedure. The majority of trigger point injections are performed in your doctor’s office, a physiotherapists office or at a clinic specializing in pain reduction therapy. Trigger point injections can also be performed in hospital if the patient requires IV sedation.

The procedure takes about 30 minutes. You will be asked to sit or lie down in a comfortable position. The physician will palpate your skin, looking for the trigger points that are causing you pain (about four trigger points can be injected at every trigger point session).

Once the trigger point has been detected, your doctor may use a special needle connected to a monitor or locate the exact position of your trigger point.

When the trigger point has been found, a needle containing 3 to 5 mL of local anesthetic (usually procaine) will be injected directly into the site. If your trigger points are particularly painful or inflamed, a corticosteroid may also be injected into the site.

How do Trigger Point Injections Feel?

Trigger point injections aren’t painful, but they do cause some discomfort. As your doctor palpates your skin to find the trigger point, you may feel some aching or burning pain.

You may also notice that you have a twitch reaction when the trigger point is located. The injection itself will not be that painful. If you have a particular fear of needles or if your trigger point is located in a sensitive area, your doctor can give you a spinal block, which will numb any feeling in the area.

When the needle enters the trigger point you may feel some pain, but it should only last for a few seconds.

Table of Contents
1. Trigger Point Injections
2. How a trigger injection helps
3. Pain relief in minutes!
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