Trigger point injections today: left me nauseous, and was prescribed a pain cream

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cogito
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   Posted 3/29/2012 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

It was a very distressing appointment. Every needle felt like it was penetrating into the middle of my chest -- which as the doctor has told me, indicates that she's hit the spot.

She inserts the needle, moves it around, and then when I feel this pain radiating from the point, I tell her and she injects the medication. Today, I had about eight injections.

The radiating pain was very weird and more intense than my past appointments. It left me nauseous and I couldn't make it from the procedure room back to the exam room. Two nurses (who where very sweet) had to help me along. They had me lie down and by that point, I was drenched in a cold sweat. They got some water for me to drink and put some on my head.

After a few minutes, they had me drink some coke and eat some crackers. After about twenty minutes, I felt better. I was asked to wait a bit longer, then when they released me, the doctor gave me a sample of a pain cream containing ketoprofen, baclofen, cyclobenzaprine, gabapentin and lodicaine. I'll give it a try tomorrow as I'm just not up to anything more for today.

I'm just lying in bed feeling lousy and still a bit nauseous.

Ug.
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, pectus excavatum, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg & 2-3x 10mg Hydrocodone daily. Oxycodone 10mg for BT. .25-.5mg xanax as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia). [/gray

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   Posted 3/29/2012 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Awe,
So very sorry this was so hard on you today...if you have some ginger on hand
maybe try that for the nausea...it can help...don't forget to try and ice the injection
sites and sure hope your feeling better soon...
Many many well wishes to you....Hope these injections work good for you....
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Blessedx8
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   Posted 3/29/2012 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Cogito,

Sorry you had a rough day.... I hope you are feeling slightly better this evening. I've had that reaction w/ trigger point injections, etc. It's rough!

Take it easy - and I hope you feel better. Let us know how that pain cream works...

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cogito
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   Posted 3/30/2012 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the well wishes,

I'm doing better this morning. The nausea is gone and so far the pain levels are mild. As I work through the day, I'll see if the injections helped any, and as the pain ramps us and my trapezius tigthens, I'll try more of the cream.

I tried it last night, but it didn't help. However, the pain yesterday was more due to the injections causing inflammation and irritating the muscles rather than its typical etiology.
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, pectus excavatum, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg & 2-3x 10mg Hydrocodone daily. Oxycodone 10mg for BT. .25-.5mg xanax as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia). [/gray

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 3/30/2012 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
So glad to hear that today is better with both the nausea and pain!!!

Hope you can get some rest this weekend....

Keep us posted!
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cogito
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   Posted 3/30/2012 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm just not able to get myself to work today... maybe it is just stress, but I'm feeling crummy.
The back pain is not as bad as usually, however. That is at least something to be glad about.

I didn't take my hydrocodone this morning, wondering about how effective the injections were. But I did finally take one since my right hip is quite sore (my other CP issue, which is generally modest by comparison to my back), and my left arm is burning.

I also called the Baylor Scoilosis Center today to discuss what they might have to offer. I'm now waiting for my wife to finish for the day as we're going to a new market that opened up in town... its not a Whole Foods, but is supposed to be similar.
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, pectus excavatum, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg & 2-3x 10mg Hydrocodone daily. Oxycodone 10mg for BT. .25-.5mg xanax as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia). [/gray

grandmaroses
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   Posted 3/30/2012 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope you are feeling somewhat better pain wise. I have a cream my pain dr had mixed for me and I found it did nothing but I tried it last week and it was miraculous it made my pain levels so much better so what I am saying after all my blah blah is if it does not help dont give up try it again in a week or two.

Have a little fun at the market

cogito
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   Posted 3/31/2012 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I realized only this morning that I forgot to take my Ultram ER yesterday!

That explains why my hip was hurting as much as it was, given that I didn't do anything to exacerbate it; it also indicates that the trigger point injections were very helpful! By the evening, after a few hours of writing after dinner, my back was sore to a 3-4, but that is as bad as it got all day.

I woke up this morning in pain, however. But that's no surprise since it had been 48hrs since I took an Ultram. Duh!

Two of the injection points are still a bit tender to the touch, but overall, the procedure seems to have helped. Maybe I'll even be able to significantly cut back on my hydrocodone use, back to where it was last year.
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, pectus excavatum, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg & 2-3x 10mg Hydrocodone daily. Oxycodone 10mg for BT. .25-.5mg xanax as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia). [/gray
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