Where can I get trigger point injections?

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Where can I get trigger point injections?

Postby S-E » Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:25 pm

Hello all. I’m new and was hoping for a little help if possible?

I’m currently getting trigger point injections once a month at a private clinic in Bristol. I live in Wolverhampton and I can’t keep travelling like that, it makes me ill. It’s also pricey for me as I’m on benefits.

Is it possible to get them on the NHS?

Where should I look to find someone closer to home who can administer the injections?

I’ve heard of Pain Clinic’s but I don’t know how to find one in my area.

Thanks for reading.

Phoebe xx
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Re: Where can I get trigger point injections?

Postby shazq » Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:48 pm

Hi Phoebe

Not sure if you can get them on the NHS :dunno: the best person to ask would be your GP or your nurse as that is where you will have to get the injections done. :goodluck1:
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Re: Where can I get trigger point injections?

Postby *Lisa* » Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:21 pm

Paying for trigger point injections is very pricey concidering you need constant ongoing treatent for them to be of benefit cause as soon as you stop the muscles will just tighten back up so...

if the injections are too pricey maybe see if you can get a physio to do hands on trigger point therapy? just a thought if you cannot get this on the NHS

Your best of going to a pain clinic (as your GP they will refer you to nearest hospital) as i know they do these there as some one i know had trigger point injections. They may not do it as regular as you need it tho, being NHS they leave you a while inbetween treatments
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Re: Where can I get trigger point injections?

Postby S-E » Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:28 pm

shazq wrote:Hi Phoebe

Not sure if you can get them on the NHS :dunno: the best person to ask would be your GP or your nurse as that is where you will have to get the injections done. :goodluck1:
Thanks Shazq. My GP is useless. He wouldn't give me sleeping tablets or decent painkillers until I recently went to private doctors who confirmed that I needed them. Apparently, my telling him I was in pain and couldn't sleep wasn't enough.

I'll definitely push for an appointment at a pain clinic.

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Re: Where can I get trigger point injections?

Postby S-E » Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:38 pm

*Lisa* wrote:Paying for trigger point injections is very pricey concidering you need constant ongoing treatent for them to be of benefit cause as soon as you stop the muscles will just tighten back up so...

if the injections are too pricey maybe see if you can get a physio to do hands on trigger point therapy? just a thought if you cannot get this on the NHS

Your best of going to a pain clinic (as your GP they will refer you to nearest hospital) as i know they do these there as some one i know had trigger point injections. They may not do it as regular as you need it tho, being NHS they leave you a while inbetween treatments
Hi Lisa.

It's good to know they do them at all. Even if they gave me them every three months that's better than nothing. Or maybe I could suppliment the NHS injections with private ones in between... I don't know, I definitely need to get onto my GP about a pain clinic appointment. do they have long waiting lists?

I spend most of my time in bed and find even daily chores too much for me physically. My family cook and clean for me and I rarely go out, although recently I've had to go out every two weeks-one month for doctors appointments and that's getting a bit much. I always though you had to be doing relatively well mobility wise to see a pysiotherapist. Do they have treatments for people who can't excersise at all?

I can't trust my GP on these things because he is always refusing me treatment. I've found that a lot of what he refuses to do is available from the NHS from more cooperative doctors. I've been ill a long time and was under the impression that there was nothing anyone could do for me. I didn't even have an accurate diagnosis. I'm trying to change GP's now I've finally sussed what a waste of space this one is. My cousin recommended one but I don't know if they'll take me. Wait and see I suppose.

Thanks for the help.

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Re: Where can I get trigger point injections?

Postby shazq » Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:06 pm

Have you got another Gp who you could see in your surgery? if not i would think about changing, it really does make a big difference to have an understanding gp with fibro, especially as its an on going condition.
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Re: Where can I get trigger point injections?

Postby S-E » Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:29 pm

shazq wrote:Have you got another Gp who you could see in your surgery? if not i would think about changing, it really does make a big difference to have an understanding gp with fibro, especially as its an on going condition.
My cousin has a really good GP. She hasn't got fibro but she has had kids with complicated conditions and she says he really listens and doesn't let anything go. She said she'd bring me round the application forms. It's a long shot because I'm slightly out of his area and also because I've changed GP's before and I worry how that might look.

The other doctor in the surgery is nice enough and I've seen her before. She's well meaning but not very competant. I went to her about needing painkillers. After saying that I was taking 2 over the counter 200mg ibuprofen at a time but it wasn't helping she offered me a prescription for 400mg ibuprofen. I assumed that she was prescribing me 2 400mg tablets at a time otherwise it was the same as what I was taking before I saw her. When the box said to take one I contacted the pharmacy and then the surgery and they confirmed that the label was correct. Also, when I tried to reorder them when I ran out I discovered it wasn't even a repeat prescription.

Bear in mind that at the time I was able to leave the house about 4 times a year and the effort it took to get down to the surgery in a desperate bid to gain pain releif and you can imagine how upset I was. The problem is I've only recently gained the energy to argue and fight things. Apparently if you're too ill to kick up a fuss no one will help you. Now I've paid for a specialist my GP has offered me diclofenac, lidocane patches etc... He wouldn't even give me Ibuprofen before!

Sorry. I could rant all day about doctors I've seen.

Thanks again :)

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Re: Where can I get trigger point injections?

Postby denys » Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:49 am

Hi Phoebe I think its a postcode lottery regarding waiting lists, it depends on your surgery as to whether they have a provider or are willing to refer you to a provider :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: the only way you can know is to ask your GP :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: as for no exercise I'm in the same boat but have recently been shown some 'chair' exercises, havent got past the warm up yet but at least I'm doing more than I was.

The lady was part of an x-pert diabetis program and was a physio, she obtained some 'therabands' to help, which are essentially rubber bands of differing resistance which you use instead of stretching your muscles past a comfortable condition, all done sitting down!!!
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