Re: Had my first ESI yesterday since ACDF 18 months ago...
OOOh, what is an interscalene block? Never heard of that but am willing to try anything.
Nothing much changed this summer, though I've made the decision that when I change jobs again it will have to be one with less air travel. Yesterday I flew to El Paso and back, all in the same day, and today the pain was a 9/10.
I don't really have much for oral pain control right now. I called the Pain Mgmt doctor today and explained to them that I haven't treated with my primary care for this pain and they agreed to see me this Thursday. The doctor makes you sign an agreement that you will only seek pain medications from h im (which I totally understand) so that you aren't drug seeking with other doctors (or if you do he'll terminate care).
My main problem right now is vicodin works well for the pain and doesn't cause me to get loopy. But, I don't sleep well at all on vicodin/percocet (any type of codeine like drug). Not sure what the other options will be that will control the pain yet keep me going at work, etc.
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08