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Trigger Point Injections

Trigger points are painful areas in the muscular wall of the pelvis. They are caused by referred pain. Numbing these points with a local anesthetic may reduce or even eliminate a woman's pain. This anesthetic is similar to the pain relief used in your dentist's office. Although the anesthetic will wear off, temporarily interrupting the pain signals appears to diminish the neuropathic pain some women experience.

What Is Involved?

The doctor will carefully locate trigger points in your abdominal wall, and inject the anesthetic with a regular needle. If trigger point injections are effective, the injection should reproduce the same pain you experience from your condition. Although the injection may be painful for a few minutes, the anesthetic should numb both the injection pain and your chronic pain within a few minutes. The amount of relief obtained from this procedure varies from person to person and may last anywhere from a few days to a few months. In some cases, a woman's pain may be completely resolved after a series of injections. Three to five injections may be necessary to reach all of the trigger points in a given area.

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