Discussions that mention nitroglycerin

Back Problems board

Are there various types of injections for back pain or only one? For instance, I see people mention cortisone shots...is that what doctors mean when they mention shots? To be honest, I don't know what kind of shot the doctor meant when he mentioned giving me a shot, but as soon as he answered my one question, I thought no way am I getting any shots in my back! I asked him if it's anything like when you have a spinal tap done, and he said yes. Are the injections like spinal taps? I had one done about ten years ago and swore I'd never have one done again. I had a spinal tap headache (migraine for days after I had it done) and OMG, I felt almost like dying or something. It was horrible! So I called the doctor after so much time of that going by and feeling like I just couldn't take another day of that. He sent me to the hospital to get caffeine IVs, which he said would probably get rid of the headache. Right before the nurse gave me the first one, she mentioned the fact that people sometimes have heart attacks from them! :-O Say WHAT?! She assured me that it was very rare and so I tried to tell myself that it wouldn't happen to me. Soon after that my chest started hurting and the heart people rush in to check me out. I forget what happened in what order, but I know that I was taken down to the emergency room and given nitroglycerin, but later on was told that they thought my reaction to the IV was actually my esophagus acting up (I have GERD). While I was down in the emergency room, my head really felt like it was going to explode and I remember screaming bloody murder and throwing up and oh, it was not a good day for me. :( They admitted me overnight and I could hardly sleep because of the headache. I forget what they gave me for it but it did get better by the next day and I was released.

Sorry for the long story, but I wanted to make it clear why I absolutely refuse to have any injections in my back. I hate having this back pain but feel there is nothing I can do about it. We go to a free clinic since my husband lost his job two years ago and we haven't had insurance since then. That doctor says that I'm too young (I just turned 52) for surgery. He's the one who had ordered an MRI (which was paid for somehow) which showed I have degenerative disc disease. I posted before on here about it, so I won't go into explaining it all over again. I had to wait half a year to get in to see a specialist, which I wish I had known ahead of time what he was going to say and I'd have saved the trip. I'm no further ahead now than I was before I went. I don't know if it was because of the fact that we don't have insurance that maybe he was trying to scare me away from getting shots (which they would have done that day). I panicked so much when he said it's like a spinal tap and I even started crying because I can't imagine going through all of that again. I'm really afraid of the pain, and if I'd end up with all that mess again and have to be admitted, we'd be paying on that the rest of our lives. I'm not going through that. So I'm at a dead end, but anyway, I highlighted my two questions to make it easier for you to find them since I typed a lot. Thanks!