Patient Comments: Trigger Point Injection - Side Effects


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Comment from: Marybeth, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I was getting the trigger point injections (TPIs) for almost a year with no issue. The last injection I had a reaction that lasted a week! I felt drunk and drugged 24/7 for a week. Very scary, so my neurologist said no more TPIs, and now she wants me to try Topamax & Nurtec. I didn't have migraines as a young person, I don't know why I have them now.

Comment from: Glojo, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had 2 trigger point injections in the top my spine, 1 on each side of my upper spine. I also had 2 on each side of my lower spine, in my buttocks. That was 5 days ago, and I am now crying in utter agony. I can hardly move my legs. My lower spine where I had the injections is so swollen and painful. My right shoulder is very painful. I don't know what to do with myself. So much pain. It's ridiculous. I thought that they would help my fibromyalgia pain. But they made the pain worse. Never again.

Comment from: Julie , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

After months of right sided neck spasms, yesterday I had a trigger point injection in my right trapezius muscle and a numbing injection in the cervical muscles above it. It was an extremely painful experience, unlike previous times. Today I have pain in my left subclavius muscle.

Comment from: Kwuigley, 45-54 (Patient) Published: September 27

I've had trigger point injections many times, and I have never had problems before now. I had 10 shots across the shoulders and down the back. I swelled up and bruised around the injection sites. Then one day after, I began to get the shakes and felt terrible. Three days after I started getting pain in my upper chest and swelling across my throat. I went back to the doctor and he said I was having reaction to the TPI. They must have changed the medicines they were using because I never had any problems until now. Will not go back.

Comment from: Kate, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I had a trigger point injection 5 days ago in my upper back cervical area between my shoulders. The first day the area was on fire and there was a bump. The bump went away but it was still very sore around the area where the shot was. Now I wake up with vertigo so much that I took Dramamine so I wouldn’t throw up. Wonder if anyone else had this.

Comment from: Detroit whiplash , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 01

I experienced a raspy voice following neck/shoulder trigger point injection. I can’t think of any other reason and it also happened 3 days later the first time I had shots.

Comment from: Yellowstorm, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I have polymyositis and fibromyalgia, and just had my first saline trigger point injections 3 days ago. Two up two down. Not sure what's happening to me, I am extremely out of sorts and emotional. Three of them have worked but not the one in my right lower lumbar region. I can't seem to find any information on mood change. I am feeling much better today. Thank goodness!

Comment from: Momo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I had my first trigger point injection (TPI) done on the right side of my back about 6 weeks ago, without steroids as I have bad mood swings from steroids. I was amazed that I felt like a new woman! I had the left side done 3 weeks ago and my doctor added Kenalog with the Marcaine, I no longer feel like a new woman. I’m back in constant spasm in my entire back, I am 8 years post menopause, and I’m having vaginal bleeding and mood swings. I no longer trust my doctor and will never have TPI again. The doctor did not tell me vaginal bleeding was possible.

Comment from: Ahnahh, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

The first time that I had trigger point injections I felt relief from the chronic neck and shoulder pain that I experience daily. This last time it worsened the pain so much that I couldn't function for seven days. I had palpitations, burning, shortness of breath, and was very fatigued for 2 weeks after. I also broke out in small blisters on my face and neck. I am slowly recovering. Thankfully.

Comment from: Juanita, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I had horrible pain the day after the trigger point injection. It was worse than before the injection. Only lidocaine was injected. I believe cortisone should have been used in addition to the lidocaine. I may have to go to the emergency room if the pain does not subside. I have taken ibuprofen and tramadol but so far no relief.


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Comment from: Lovingheart , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I get trigger point injections (TPI) every 6 weeks. I normally am just lightly sore, no big deal, but this time I have a spot that is slightly swollen not sure why, and hurts really badly, like I feel constant pain. I wonder if it is from the TPI, I have been getting them for numerous years and I never felt like this. I don’t know what to do.

Comment from: Natalie Hickman, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I have had the epidural steroid injection and now the trigger point injections (TPI) in my neck. TPI did not hurt, just feels like a pinch in the muscle. I am very sore afterwards but who isn’t after getting multiple needles stuck in them. Ice is the best for the soreness. I suffer from cervical disc herniation.

Comment from: Jyl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I had lidocaine trigger point injection in my knee. It hurts 100 percent worse than before. Hopefully it will get better.

Comment from: Mae J., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

My trigger point injection was not bad at all. I requested the thin needle. Shortly after, I had a very mild headache and felt it in my neck slightly too, but was not concerned at all. The result was nice. My hip felt more flexible and 25 years younger; for real. I was not concerned at all and had to drive back home 45 minutes. I will do it again in about 2 weeks.

Comment from: Mz Spriet, 25-34 (Patient) Published: October 15

I just got 8 trigger point shots in my lower back with lidocaine, and my stomach burns, but also my back has a constant burning and aching. I can hardly walk, it hurts 100 percent worse.

Comment from: Victor , 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 17

A pain management doctor administered trigger point injections on both sides of my neck at the exact area where the pain was most intense. It was 4:15 pm. I got up the next morning at around 6 am with an excruciating headache. After a light breakfast I took 600 mg ibuprofen. It got slightly better.

Comment from: Sucker, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 22

After my trigger point injection I have had irregular heartbeats lasting for days (day 9 now). It has been recorded and witnessed by my heart doctor from the implanted heart monitor I have. I have had 2 surgeries for atrial fibrillation and this pain relief doctor swore the steroids in the injections would in no way affect my heart (6 weeks post-surgery after 2nd ablation to heart). Wrong! I'm terrified now it will affect my heart surgery recovery!

Comment from: Marianne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I had my trigger point first injections today with lidocaine and steroids. There were 3 Band-Aids, one on each shoulder and one on the side of my neck. I'm going to be honest. I've had cortisone injections under my scapula and between my toes, brought slight tears to my eyes. Today, was horrible. I screamed out in pain and burst out crying while it felt like she stabbed me in the shoulders about 8 times. I have been using ice all night hoping it is going to help.

Comment from: Paula, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I ended up with a big knot on my collar bone where he was injecting trigger point injections. It hurts so bad I don’t know what to do!

Comment from: Chelle, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

I have been getting trigger point injections (TPI) for 17 years. Today I have seen a new nurse practitioner. She gave the shots much deeper. I use muscle relaxation techniques to keep post pain to a minimum. Today was the first time I ever felt numbness in one of the sites. It was below the base of my skull on the right. I had 6 shots in my head, neck and shoulder muscles. Very strange feeling. After reading the posts here I figure it must be from the lidocaine, strange I’m only feeling it in one spot though. TPIs help me do simple things others take for granted, like sleeping on a pillow or sitting in a chair. I have migraines and fibromyalgia. I wish it solved the pain issues I have, however, I am very thankful they help.

Comment from: Brenda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I had a few trigger point injections in my upper back and lower neck area. The next day I had a huge knot on my left side and rubbed it out. I had this on Monday and now it is Friday. The swelling has gone down but I have been noticing a lot of pain in my knuckles on my left hand, and left shoulder pain with numbness on my left side. The biggest thing this helped is my headaches; I still haven’t had a bad one. I also have a small fever today. Not liking my hand and foot going numb, and also my blood pressure has been more elevated. But I am thankful for the horrible headaches being gone.


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Comment from: Hopeful, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I had my very first trigger point injection on Tuesday. I have so much back pain I didn’t notice any significant additional pain. I didn’t have any fever. Nor did I have any bruising or any markings.

Comment from: Flo007, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I've had 3 weeks of trigger point injections (once a week visits) with an average of 12 to 16 injections of lidocaine each time. I have experienced extreme pain both during the injections and after the injections. The injections worsened my pain, made the muscle spasms worse than they were, and created more swelling and inflammation. I was told to ice, then heat to help with the symptoms, however this did little in the way of helping to alleviate the pain. The injection sites burn and are very sensitive to the touch.

Comment from: Starligjt95, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I just received the trigger point injections yesterday, 10 injections on my lower back. And today I experienced body aches and fever of 101.5. I have extreme pain in my lower back and my stomach.

Comment from: Kodi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I had 10 trigger point injections (TPI) today. Now I have balls of fluid where I had shots. I'm in worse pain and having referred pain in the low back. Neck, shoulder blades and mid back were done. My body doesn't absorb shots of any kind. TPI has made essential head tremors worse. I am really frustrated.

Comment from: Macs, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 07

I got trigger point injections over a six week period for extreme neck pain. The first four weeks were 'test' shots. I received lidocaine on one side of my neck two weeks ago and the other side two days ago. The neck pain is much reduced but I have strange headaches that feel like my head is tender and bruised. The doctor said this was normal and should improve in four to six weeks. I would do it again for the relief in my neck.

Comment from: neckpain101, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I got trigger point injections in my upper back and shoulder blades. I had 10 done first time ever. Now I have redness like hives in the areas where I got them and I feel nauseous a lot. I don't know if this is normal or not. I had extreme pain for about 2 weeks after. Felt like I got ran over or beaten up. The constant nausea is the worst which I never had before. All this is being done for pain in my neck.

Comment from: Debk, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I had trigger point injection in my left shoulder blade and mid-back. My doc poked me 6 times. Next day I was short of breath and my blood pressure went up, and pain was worse. I have had shots in this area before but not as many.

Comment from: Tracy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I get trigger point injections in my back, after an injury and surgery. My doctor uses an ultrasound to best find the points to inject. I receive about 12 injections per visit alternating between upper and lower back. I receive a shot of Toradol after, which helps with the pain the following day (without that it feels like I was beat up). One plus day of pain for 2 to 3 weeks of extremely diminished pain is so worth it! Just wish I could get my whole back done since the area not done feels even more painful against the contrasted pain free area.

Comment from: EB, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

I had a trigger point injection in my neck, became dizzy, fainted and had transient global amnesia for several hours, and woke up in emergency. Don't get it in your neck.

Comment from: Maggie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I had trigger point injections using Botox into the muscles on my left shoulder. The pain afterwards was pretty mean. I felt as if the muscles were "mad", for about two weeks. Afterwards, the knotted feeling and the muscle cramps were nearly gone.

Comment from: Pam, Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I have extreme pain for two days after the trigger point injections. Then the pain is relieved for months. This is why I wait until I can"t stand the daily pain until I go in to treatment because I am even worse for two days. I feel like I"ve been in a car accident.

Comment from: Helen , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I had a trigger point injection in my back. Since I've had it done my sciatica is worse and I'm getting a dull ache. I had a lumbar injection in the past but they didn't work. I can't handle this pain. I also suffer from fibromyalgia.

Comment from: Ray, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I get 8 trigger point injections from the base of my neck down my back (4 on each side). Initially the areas are a little sore, but nothing crazy. It takes about 48 hours before I get relief, but it is unbelievable how well it works.

Comment from: apageor2, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I was in a car accident which gave me severe back damage. Every time I obtain the trigger point injection (TPI) I will wait for 24 hours, then the following day I will start stretching to slowly let the medication flow more easily. This process works for my situation and I wanted to share as it may work for another person who is injured and obtaining this same treatment.

Comment from: Tap, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I used to get trigger shots 4 to 5 times a year, now I have been getting them every 3 weeks the last 4 months due to my lupus and fibromyalgia. I'm a hair stylist, my arms are up all day, and I have a lot of added pain in the shoulders, armpit, and neck. I have lost a lot of my hair from my auto immune problems, plus I also have thyroid. But since February I've been taking these new vitamins that has been growing my hair back unbelievably, now my hair is brittle and falling out again, I wonder if it can be from the trigger shots. I'd rather be in pain then lose any more hair.

Comment from: Anonymous , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

For everyone who’s having more than one trigger point injection location, I would question your doctor about that because my doctor doesn’t do more than one area each visit! You may be getting way too much!

Comment from: neecy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I have had fibromyalgia for at least the last ten years. I have had horrible pain in the neck and upper shoulders/traps. Finally I went to a pain management doctor who gave me 14 trigger point injections in those areas. It's like a miracle has occurred! The pain is gone. I am astounded and wonder why none of the health professionals I've seen in the last decade ever suggested it. I hope the pain will stay away for a while... I will go back in 6 weeks for the first follow up.