OK...I'm faced after my fusion of calling my Pain Management MD for again some relief...I've had about 5 epidural cortison injections/blocks and radiofrequency ablation. The first few epidurals worked better than the last...and after getting through the pain after the injections, if I got a week and a half of pain relief out of any of them I was lucky!
Any options those of you have used that have seemed to be a little more long lasting?
Last edited by GracefulOne; 07-18-2007 at 01:39 PM.
Jay--I'm not sure when you had your fusion , if you did have one ? But your not supposed to have steroid injection until your bones have fused.
Steroids will eat away soft tissue and bone mass.
I think we all been through them injection's at one time with our back injuries. There not pleasant at all and only gave most of us little relief for a short time if any. Sure hope you get some kind of relief soon , it's enough to drive a person insane !
UM...that was the ONLY option offered to me prior to having 3 surgeries...apparently I'm an 'odd' case that doesn't respond to the injections well...I did have a few cortisone injections back in the day (like 5 years ago) for some heel problems I was having and noticed that they didn't last long then...my mother and sister both have the same response to them...so...let's just say I was a pincushion until an MRI was done after 2 epidurals and the RFA and we saw it wasn't just random nerve pain but two discs causing the problem.
I had a two level fusion this February after two hemilamenectomies in the four months prior to the fusion...so...it's not that I haven't tried anything but the injections...my husband is also a Physical Therapist who is specialized in Orthopedic Clinical Practice so I have him at my disposal in addition to aquatic therapy which I began in April of this year to help progress from the fusion.
I guess I was just looking for options post-fusion in regards to pain management...if the injections worked better post-fusion because the etiological cause of the pain should have been corrected, etc.
Problem is...the pain is almost worse than prior to surgery...that seems to be a common experience huh? If you have any directions or options that you've used to bring up to my MD that would be great!
Last edited by GracefulOne; 07-18-2007 at 01:42 PM.
I'm post fusion 5 months...I guess I'm just trying to get my ducks in a row as I'm pretty sure I'm going to end up calling the Pain Mgmt MD early next week for an appt...looking for anything else that may work and offer a more long term solution...two weeks would be great
A lot of us find that the shots just don't seem the do the trick. And my therapist, along with my accupuncturist have both told me that if I would have kept having the shots, eventually they damage the nerve. They harden the nerve coating/casing and do damage to it. Neither one of them are in favor of the injections...but my surgeon sure is. I just keep smiling at him and avoiding scheduling any more of them.
If I were you, just say, ummm let me get back to you on that...and run, or roll or hobble away as fast as you can....