By Celeste Cooper
Those of us who live with fibromyalgia know the pain, cognitive dysfunction, poor sleep quality, and fatigue. We understand and can discuss these things with fellow patients, but when ...
Dr. Robert Bennett is a world-renowned FM expert and researcher with more than 35 years of experience in the FM field.
Are trigger point injections cumulative over time? Q:I have been getting weekly trigger point injections for a month. I don't see any improvement. Are the injections cumulative over time or can you suggest anything else for pain?
One should know immediately whether a myofascial trigger point injection is effective. Firstly, if the trigger point is accurately located there should be a sharp pain when it is pierced; sometimes this is associated with a muscle twitch and pain referred to a nearby location. So it is important to provide this feedback to your doctor. Assuming the injection fluid contained a local anesthetic, there should be an almost immediate reduction in pain that lasts for several hours. A more long-lasting effect often takes a day or two to become apparent. The effectiveness of trigger point injections seldom lasts more than a... [more]