Chronic pain can come from painful areas of muscle that contain knots of muscle that form when the muscles do not relax (trigger points). People suffering from Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain, Back Pain, Headaches and other muscle problems fall into this category.
TPI (Trigger Point Injections) are used to treat the muscle pain in arms, legs, lower back, and neck. As most of my followers will know my facet joint injections were stopped due to funding and have been replaced with TPI’s.
You may be offered a sedative before the procedure as this relieves anxiety and helps your relax although I’ve never needed nor been offered this. A consultant or health care professional using a small needle injects local anaesthetic which sometimes includes steroid into the trigger point.
The reason for this is that it makes the trigger point inactive and the pain alleviated and for some can result in quite a substantial relief. I have one either side of my spine into my glutes muscles which seem to really get tight due to my disc problems.
You are soon allowed home after this procedure but you need a friend or relative to pick you up and stay with you for the first 24 hours after the injection(s). The pain may initially feel worse than before you had the injection, but that’s quite normal and is mostly temporary and settles within three to four days. I always think that if the pain is worse then you know for sure that they have hit the spot.
Some other problems can be an infection, bruising, loss of sensation or muscle weakness but are hardly ever present and all treatable. Another side effect which I get every time is facial flushing from the steroid which only lasts a day or two then settles down again.
Although slightly unpleasant the benefits out way the short discomfort you feel as I can reduce my pain relief quite a bit over the next few weeks. My facet joint injections worked better but any type of pain relief is better than none and some people have great benefit from these.
Because I can soon feel the benefit from this I have been looking into acupressure point therapy and myofascial release therapy and hope to find someone local who practices this.