When symptoms flare up, affected joints can be very painful to move and to touch. Ice can be helpful in reducing swelling as well as a prescribed anti-inflammatory or over-the-counter ibuprofen. Symptoms usually begin to subside after 24 hours. Talk to your loved one's doctor to discuss the best treatment options for their condition.
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What happens during a trigger point injection procedure?
Trigger point injections can be done in a doctor's office. The actual injection takes only a few minutes, but plan on 30 to 60 minutes for the whole procedure. You will remain awake and able to communicate the entire time. These steps will be part of your procedure:
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- Position. Depending on where you will have the injection, you will be sitting or lying down.
- Numbing the skin. You may be given a local anesthetic near the injection site so you don't feel the trigger point injection.
- Injection. A small needle will be inserted into the trigger point. The injection will contain a local anesthetic that sometimes includes a corticosteroid to reduce inflammation. If you are allergic to the medication, a dry-needle technique (involving no medications) can be used.
- Brief pain. The injection may cause some pain that can last from a few seconds to a few minutes.
- Pain relief. The injection will allow the trigger point to relax, and the pain should go away.
- Additional injections. Several sites may be injected in one visit.
When can I go home from the hospital after I've had a stroke?
Natalia Rost, MD, Neurology, answeredSome people who've had a stroke can return home after a few days in the hospital. Others will not get home for many weeks if they need treatment in a rehabilitation facility. A few stroke survivors require long-term nursing care. For most people who have had a stroke, living at home is possible only if they can manage activities of daily living, such as dressing, eating, and using the toilet. You also have to follow medical advice and take prescribed medications. But you will probably need help even if you can perform routine daily activities. Don't try to do it alone, at least not right away. Plan to have a relative, friend, or home health aide stay with you for at least the first night that you're home, and possibly longer. If you've been in a rehabilitation facility, chances are that someone in charge of discharge planning will visit your home ahead of time to evaluate what equipment and assistance you will need.
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