Well I got the Injection today and it wasn't that bad at all the worst part was the IV pinch other then that it was a piece of cake......I am quite sore right now though a/ some sciatic pain involved. For anyone that is getting this done in the near future don't sweat it!
I am hopefully going to feel relief soon so I will keep my fingers crossed....
Feel free to ask me any concerns or questions about the whole procedure
I'm so glad to hear things went well for you. I'm scheduled for my injection on August 2nd, and I am very nervous about it. Hearing that it was "a piece of cake" makes it a bit easier. I've also read so many stories here about how people feel worse after having the injections, and right now, I just cannot bear the thought of having things be worse. It's just got to help.
Please keep us updated on how you feel and if the injection seems to be helping.
what kind of injection? i have to have an epidural steroid shot in my back on tuesday and i'm really dreading it. can neone give me some advice? what do they do? do they put you under anesthetic or numb it? what goes on?
Hi, i have had lots of injections are you getting sedated? If so it will be no problem. You will be sore for about 2 days but it is mainly the muscle soreness from where the push the needle through the muscle. A little ice will treat you right. I was scared my first couple times too, but now it is nothing. Good luck!
Well it's now Sunday I had my injection on Friday morning and I am feeling strange pain and sorenes still it sems like the pain is getting worse instead of better.......I hope it gets better! I thought Friday night I was feeling relief only to wake up Saturday to pain and more pain today on Sunday......
If your injections act anything like injections into the knee, it's fairly common to get a flare up for a couple, even a few days afterward. If you continue to be uncomfortable and the pain doesn't go away, please let your doctor know about it.
Good Luck! I really hope this is just the typical flare up and that tomorrow you will wake up feeling much better!
Yeah I am hoping it's just a flare up.......It's was injected in the lower back for L1 through L4, and S1 bulging disc. We'll see what happens tomorrow good thing I am off of wrok tomorrow still incase it doesn't heal yet. The PM doctor told me it may take 2 or 3 injections anyway to fix.
Oh no! I had really hoped to hear from you that things were getting better with this injection. I am starting to get a bit scared about mine. Is the pain significantly worse than before you had the injection?
Can I ask what your follow up care consists of? When are you supposed to check back in with your doctor following the injection? What are you taking for pain and does it help with the increased pain of the injection? How long do you wait before scheduling a second or third shot?
Please keep us updated. Hoping you are feeling better today.
Well I am still in pain and saw the PM doc again she is having me get another MRI because I am having weakness and numbness in the left leg so she thinks I herniated a disc now. I am scheduled to have that done on Friday and now they have me on the Steriods again because of all the spasms I am getting which is becoming very painful.
Just a recap....the first MRI last month showed L1 through L4 and S1 bulging.
I hope you all are doing well! Please don't go by me on the Injection everyone is different, but seriously don't get all worked up over the injection the procedure itself is a piece of cake you don't feel it.
Hi again, sorry I took so long. I am still continuing my injections, matter of fact I get another tomorrow. My pain specialist feels we caught this (RSD) early in my leg, and that by injecting the area around the sympathetic nerve the problem may be knocked out for a long time. I can tell it is working, the painful hot spots are basically gone. I am still on methadone and neurontin for my chronic low back pain, but when I get tired, and try to much physical activity, I can feel the hot spots tingle. The injection is 3 different numbing agents, to numb the shot, the deeper shot, and then finally the medicine. It is injected about 2 to 3 inches away from the spine to the side, and it reaches around to the front of the spine. The process is done under light sedation (Versed) it makes you sleepy and has memory loss of the procedure. You just go out and wake up a hour later. I have even had to go directly to physical therapy to do light workout after the shot! I must have had 10 by now and have never had any pain. Unfortunately my low back pain has gotten relief for a day and a half only, but I am hopeful. If there are any questions I could help with, please ask. Thank you, LD
I'm sorry you are having such a difficult time Mark as a result of your injection. If it's any consolation the exact same thing happened to me 2 years ago, so you aren't alone. By the second day after I had an EPI in my lumbar I could not walk. Over time I was able to walk but the pain never subsided and resulted in an increase in my pain medication. I did have it under Fluroscope (without sedation mind you.. ouch.. by a very qualifed doctor so that was not the problem). To this day I have muscle spams that I never had before the injection and a sharp pain that I can't explain but it was never there previously. My MRI did not show any change post injection. I have herniations from L2-L5.
This isn't the norm for most injections but it does happen. I do hope they find the source of your problem and are able to alleviate your pain!
My reg doc, gave my husband info about the injections last week when I had the emergency appointment. I'm willing to try this, already understanding that these shots take time to work and that everyone is different. What I would like to know is did your pm also prescribe meds until the injections worked or do you have to grin and bear it? Please let me know.
I think much of if your doctor will prescribe medications or not is probably based on his or her current type of practice (some do not prescribe medication) and how long you've been with the doctor.
If you are new to the doctor he or she may not prescribe anything until they see how the shows work while other doctors may prescribe something mild.
I was already seeing my doctor for over a year and was already on medication to control pain. It wasn't until the medication stopped being effective or I had a bad bout with my lumbar that the injections were suggested and I agreed to try it.
I got my film from my MRI on Friday but no report on it yet, the doctor hasn't looked at it. So I don't know what I am looking it.....It appears to be a lot worse then my other MRI a month ago which showed 5 bulging disc in mu lumbar......It looks as if possibly L5 and S1 is leakind in pushed out in the spinal canal, but then again I am no doctor so I really don't know.
I guess I will have to wait until Monday for the verdict.
Thanks! Yeah I should know tomorrow and I am taking my film to my Family tomorrow also....either way I will know, Thank God! Yeah every since that injection my Sciatic has been relentless with numbing, burning, and those wonderful radiating pains down the leg. Good luck to you and I also send happy thoughts back at you!