My mother is scheduled to have two cortizone injections into her spine this week. They will be putting her under because they say it is extremely painful. Has anyone had this done?
I have had them. When I had my first one done in my small hick town here in NE PA, the shot was terrible. Then I went to the Spine Clinic in Philly and I hardly felt it at all since they do so many of them every day. I had a total of 7 injections - 4 were the real thing (cortisone) and the others were test injections of Novacaine (or whatever numbing solution they used) to see exactly where the pain was coming from since I had a few involved disks. If they inject the Novacaine and there was no relief then they knew it wasn't coming from the level where they injected it.
This way they don't needlessly inject. They found the vertebra and the shot worked for 2 weeks so I went for a second and third. The latter two did not work.
After the first shot that I had done here in my hometown I hurt for about 8 days, but no one needed to take care of me or anything even close to that. It just plain hurt and I moved slower. That was about it.