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nerve blocks/TPI/steroid injections

I guess it can be called either of those three things: nerve block, trigger point injection or a steroid injection. For the sake of this post, I'm just going to refer to them as TPIs as that's really what they fit the best description of.

My neuro told me that generally, almost 100% of the time, they use steroids that are in more of a liquid-type form so that the desired effect is achieved more quickly.

Part of my chronic pain is pain that originates in my neck. He had just come back from Spain when I saw him last (1 Sept), before my trip to the UK. He also gets neck pain and I asked what he did for it and he told me he used this other kind of steroid, it's in the same class, only it's crystallized. It works for up to six weeks.

I was skeptical about how long it would work for, but it only just started wearing off last week.

Has anyone else had their doctor use crystallized steroids instead of the liquid version?


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Oct. 17th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
I don't know anything about injections personally, but I do know that the FDA just approved Botox for migraine treatment, so if you think that might help more/better, it might be worth asking your doc.

Oct. 17th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
I'm due for the Botox on the 25th, but I can't get both sets of injections at the same time. For some reason the Botox doesn't have any effect on my neck or shoulders. I'm going to call Monday and see if I can get in this week for the steroid injections - and maybe an injection of the medrol too. The Botox is being done as soon as it can be. Medicare is the only insurance that covers it in NC, I'm lucky as far as that goes.
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