My entire body has active trigger points. They are so bad that some days I am almost completely crippled and can barely walk. I am 47 and exercised almost every day for my entire life until about 3 years ago when these trigger points started shutting down my muscles. I have been an accountant for 20+ years. My entire career has involved sitting for 8+ hours a day in front of a computer, 5 days a week. I can no longer sit for 8 hours a day because it is just too painful. I am desperate to save my career and livelihood.
I have been going for dry needling treatments, one a month, for five months. They are definitely releasing the trigger points but I have so many throughout my body, it's a slow process. The doctor performing the treatments would like me to be able to handle more releases per session so we can get to the hundreds of trigger points in my body. But I find the treatments so painful, that I can only handle about 5-12 releases per session. I am trying my hardest to overcome the pain I am experiencing with each release/twitch response and my doctor is getting frustrated because I can't handle any more than that per session. I don't think it's my pain tolerance as I had two drug free, natural child births and was able to handle that pain. Also it’s not the needle going in that I find painful either. In fact, I hardly feel anything until the doctor hits a trigger point. Then I find the pain from each twitch unbearably painful so it limits the amount I can take per session.
Anyone else have extreme pain during dry needling treatments? If so, any ideas for being able to handle the pain during the sessions?
You are probably going through acupuncture for treating the pain. This will not be 100% successful as there are too many pain points. To treat this pain, you need to find the cause and treat it also. Unexplained aches and pains coming on and off could be due to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, H pylori infection, anemia, liver disorders, diabetes, hypothyroidism, Vit B12 or Vit D deficiency and due to calcium or magnesium deficiency. It can also be due to sleep related disorders. In women it can be due to hormonal disturbances related to PCOD/menopause. Severe anemia, and parathyroid gland disorders can also be the cause. Autoimmune disorders, multiple sclerosis and peripheral neuropathies due to diabetes, hypothyroidism, Lyme or lupus too should be investigated for. This needs a comprehensive investigation. Consult a doctor please. Take care!
These are not acupuncture treatments - these are dry needling treatments. The doctor find the trigger point or "muscle knot" and sticks a needle right into the belly of the muscle. When they make a direct hit into the trigger point, to me it feels like an electrical shock, followed by severe cramp that lasts a couple of seconds. I've had acupuncture too and these two treatments are not the same except for the use of a needle. Acupuncture is very relaxing and I can fall asleep during a treatment. Dry needling is extremely painful and sometimes I can only handle the pain of three hits/twitches before I have to ask the doctor to stop.
I've been seen by many doctors, specialists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, etc over three years and none of them can find anything wrong with me other than widespread, crippling trigger points. The only thing I can think of that might be causing it is my 20+ years of sitting in front of a computer for 8 or more hours a day. For many years I had severe spasms in my QL that would knock me to the ground even though I kept in shape with regular daily exercise (weight training/running, various sports). I also have two bulging discs in L4/L5 and L5/S1. Again........maybe the QL is stressed out from sitting for so many hours over the years? Could a stressed QL, combined with shortened muscles from prolonged sitting, and muscle overuse from computer mousing/keying all together eventually cause such crippling symptoms?
i love those mangos too there mango-----hey---if i were you i would look for professional advice at another site. The doctors here do not seem to understand what the poster is asking or presenting many times and you will get better answers elsewhere most likely.
However this is a great place for help from your peers and from people who do understand pain and how to relieve it. OK? Post back! And my answer to your question is yes i think that is possibility. omhome
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