Major problem with post-facet injection, need advice.
If you're unfamiliar with me, which most probably are, I will briefly give a history of events so far:
I was talked into getting the nerve ablation done and went in for my first diagnostic injection, which caused more pain than it relieved. Not wanting another injection because of the way the first one went, I refused to submit to another, labeled non compliant, further medication was refused and was basically told that I could continue with the injections or be dismissed. Take it or leave it, no more meds regardless, just injections.
I said no thanks.
A few weeks ago my pain levels increased significantly. I would rate the pain at a solid 7 on the pain scale, and the pain is unrelenting, 24/7.
I went to my family doctor again and he thinks that the initial injection has worn off and my pain wasn't worse, but just seemed that way because I wasn't used to it. He thinks the injection worked and I should have another and offered a referral to a pain interventionist. He said as long as I didn't ask for pain meds that I shouldn't have any problems with getting treatment anywhere.
Anyway, this new pain is about as close to my post-operation pain was in the recovery room some 7 years ago. I am not having any numbness or shooting pain down my leg as was the case in the past. This new pain is more of a sharp, continuous pain that never eases or goes away, and it's in the same area as the injection was given. As I said, the new pain is far worse than the usual pain over the years.
My question is: Is it possible that the injection is responsible for the escalation of pain? Could it have done any damage, somehow? Is there any diagnostic means to confirm whether or not the injection did any damage?
I am leaning towards that being the case. Before submitting to another injection or procedure, I really want to find out what the cause of the new pain is.
I have been off all pain meds for 6 months now, and while I was gutting out the daily, chronic pain, I am finding this latest issue unbearable. With the pain going untreated it just makes it that much worse.
I have been taking tons of OTC meds (Tylenol, Aleve, Unisom) which have caused quite a bit of stomach and abdominal pain, and while my doctor is well aware of this, he still refuses to prescribe anything for pain. The pain clinic I went to last time has obviously said something to influence his actions and even in light of the damage the OTC medication has done to me internally, he still won't even discuss prescribing narcotic pain medication, nor will he tell me what was said that led to the abrupt change in treatment.
I am really at a loss here and the whole situation has left me pretty gloomy.