HI there. You are not alone at all. The Injections are not a cure, but hopefully will help ease your pain. And if that can keep you from the surgery table.. that's always a plus.
And you are right, unless someone has experienced this level of pain, they don't understand it, and there is no way of explaining it to them either. And I have seen so many tell me that they "know" how I feel and "I know" they dont. But that's okay.. I would rather them not truly know and hope they never do. Ya know? hehehe.
The epidurals are not that bad. The first one is intimidating, but I never saw a needle ever and I had many of them. You can expect to be quite sore from them, as they inject a lot of medication in there and it kind of "pools" until it can soak/absorb into the tissue and surrounding areas where injected. So it comes with some discomfort from that alone.
My second injection in the series.. I went out to lunch, went shopping, and drove 1.5 hour back home.
After that.. I went in on my lunch hour for most of them.. and went right back to work for the remainder of the day. I took my pain meds/had my ice pack and kept on working.
Just do what I did.. tell them you are total sissy and to numb you royally! It worked like a charm for me everytime! And I am not a sissy at all! Well most of the time! hehehe.
Let us know how you are doing. Tammy