Monday, August 08, 2005

Trigger Shots--again

I'm going in for another set of trigger shots tomorrow. For those who don't know what that is, I'll try to describe it, even though I don't know the name of one of the medications that they inject. I'll ask again tomorrow.

What they do is get this long needle, pretty big in diameter as needles go, and the fill the syringe with lidocaine and marcaine. The lidocaine is a local anesthetic and the marcaine is an anesthetic that lasts for a long time.

My migraines start in my occipital lobes, which get really swollen with fluid and irritate the nearby nerves, which are located at the base of the skill, right at the apex of your neck and your head. So, they insert the needle into the head, next to the occipital lobe. It hurts like hell, especially if your doc hasn't been doing it for a long time, like mine hasn't.

It burns while they squirt in the medicine, but then it gets numb back there. For three days afterward, I'm usually on my back, laying on ice-packs to fight the soreness. The first day is the worst, because the aching keeps me up all night long. After that, though, things get alot better. I usually have a day without any pain at all. Then the pain returns, but it's at a much lower degree than usual. The pl usually is at a 5 or less. And if it gets any higher than a 5, I take Fioricet and the migraine typically goes away within about half an hour to an hour. Right now, it lasts about 2 weeks, before I have to have it done again. When I saw my migraine pain management doctor in Texas, the pain left for a month and if I had any pain, I could just take 800 mg of Ibuprofen and it would go away. Anyway, that's what I'm going to have done tomorrow and none too soon, if you asked me.


At 5:01 PM, Blogger ¬£eslie said...

Your description of the needle and the procedure has me wincing, Jess. I will be thinking of you tomorrow and hoping it doesn't hurt too badly.

At 7:47 PM, Blogger Moogle said...


Yeah, those trigger shots hurt REALLY bad. I had them once, but they didn't work for me.

I'm glad they work for you, but it seems that they aren't as effective lately... Ugh!!

I hope these work better!


At 9:14 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

Thanks guys! They aren't effective, because they don't contain the steroid that they used to put in it. They can't keep doing that or my head will fall off. tee-hee Don't I wish! :)

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At 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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