Re: Extremely overwhelmed!!!
If you looked up failed back surgery syndrome on the net and sat down to read people's stories, you could spend the rest of your entire life and not finish reading them. Every time that I mention my back to someone, whether it be in a store, at a friend's home, or at work, someone has a FBSS story. It is anything from not working out, to reherniating, or the discs below or above became weak and now need surgery, to "the doctor did not tell me about the possibility of the pain from the scar tissue", or "the doctor never told me that this would not make me 100% okay".
No one likes to admit failure. If I were you, I would seek another opinion. I would not do the shot. Touching a nerve is NOT good. Ask him if you can touch one of his nerves.
You can get an order for an EMG to see what is going on with the nerve. I would demand that he do one or see someone that will. Even if the swelling goes down with the ESI, it is still going to touch on the nerve. He is trying to buy time. Cases like this are why doctors charge so much and are reluctant to take new patients. You know why they call them practicing physicians? Cause they practice on patients.