are you talking about trigger point or epidural shot? I just has my fourth epidural steroid shot this past Monday and I have had some success with them. you are usually sedated a bit, so it's not painful at all ( I've had them without sedation and they are unpleasant, but not unbearable). you usually don't even remember the procedure if they sedate you. after, you will be a bit sore for a couple of days. these are done in a set of 3 normally. they work a bit more slowly than trigger points, but seem to last a bit longer. trigger points are done with a smaller needle, and they only use alcohol spray to numb things. they may burn a bit when the actual shot is done, but you don't feel much afterwards, maybe a tiny bit of soreness at the site of injection. if they are going to work, it is usually faster than the epidural.
i had several rounds of epidurals in my back before I gave in and had a fusion. they didn't need to sedate me at all. They just numbed it locally and it was not bad at all. However I would always have 2 days of increased pain afterwards but then much relief. It gave me 8 months without surgery but in my situation it was a bandaid. However it helped me function.
my doctors have mentioned facet blocks with me but I am unsure if they are worth the pain. I know a lady who has had the epidural blocks and it lasted 9 days. she told me it was more painful than childbirth to do and she ended up having ablation done a few weeks later. I, however, am probably going to avoid the injections - there is a 30% chance of it failing all together, 30% chance of making it worse and 30% chance of it working.
I've had facet blocks that have worked well in that they allowed me to reduce my meds gradually and eliminate them for about 10 weeks before it all came screaming back. I have also since had them fail miserably, leaving me unable to function for over a week with increasing symptoms and pain from the site of injection. I've had independent reports of them working for about 18 months. They aren't a permanent solution.
I have had a couple in my neck and it was quit painful do to scare tissue, the first one helped a lot, but the second one was not as good, i was told that sometimes it works and sometimes not, but when it does it was worth it
I had 2 needles in lower back, one either side of spine. I did feel very little pressure that is all, done using ct scan to check positions, was great, walk out of place more upright than had been for years and felt little if any back pain for about a year. had shots in heel for pain/lump there and was sooo painful to have and heel has been lots worse since, wish I had never had that one. was told person who did heel must of got wrong spot. Waiting to have back one done again now.
I have had over 20 of these shots. Not a single shot lasted more than 24 hours for me but others get good relief. You will be in a hospital for the spinal shots they give you a local to numb the area. to me I felt pressure but no pain. someone Has to drive you ! sometimes you might go totally numb from waist down other times just pain relief. they use a fluoroscope to know where injection goes.
For me overall they were worthless and I won't have them done again as they do nothing for me. my son had them and he loved them getting relief up to 3 months. just NEVER get a spinal fusion!! I had one, my son and 3 other people I know. we are ALL disabled now, in pain management treatment. for me the fusion went bad. I came out of surgery partially paralized in left foot, with foot drop, sciatica and failed fusion syndrome. The surgeon nicked my L4/5 nerve root and the nerves are encased in scar tissue. it was the most painful surgery ever. my one regret in life!