I too was wondering about
the reason for the injections. Maybe I missed something, not uncommon, but is it for arthritis, fibro pain, torn or broken parts? I have a terrible time with neck/shoulder/shoulder blade area as well as arms and hands. When it gets so bad that the pain meds don't help then doc will give me injections into the muscle where the pain is worse...most often on both sides since they seem to act up in tandem. Last time I had injections into the muscle trapezius muscle..that's the one that runs down both sides around the back of your neck and down onto the shoulder blades. I did some searching to find out what it was called so I could speak to my body with words longer than 4 letters...lol Here are a couple of links I found that show the muscles in that area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trapezius_musclecatalog.nucleusinc.com/displaymonograph.php?Mid=71
Anyway, doc uses something called Marcaine which is a timed release numbing agent. He first puts in a tiny bit of something to numb the area on the skin. Then in goes the Marcaine into the muscle. Not the most pleasant or entertaining time ever but it does offer some relief. What he explained to me was that often in people with fibro the muscle gets into spasms and just can't quit. The Marcaine lets it relax so the spasms will stop and so will the associated pain. The end result is that in a short time the pain begins to ease up and by the next day the Marcaine is in full swing. The Marcaine lasts for about
5 days, more if you're lucky. But for me it really helps get the muscle settled down which lowers the pain from flare down to normal. It's a thought in case your pain is from fibro muscles issues.
Shoulder/neck issues cause the pain to radiate into headaches, back aches, etc. so it feels like it's affecting way more than it should. I do hope you find some relief and soon!
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