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Going to try Epidural Injections

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in Chronic Pain
Hello Everyone!
Well, I have been on Neurontin for about 10 days and I haven't noticed a difference yet, but I'm still hopeful that it will help soon. The new pain dosage has made life so much easier, but in the morning, as soon as I wake up, it is clear that the pain is pretty much at the same level as before I started the Neurontin. So, hopefully my doc will keep me on this dose for a while. I am sure it is not intended for long-term, but at least until this situation gets under control would be nice. I am scheduled for an epidural injection on November 10 so I am hoping that something will make this go away!! Keep your fingers crossed because I don't feel safe trying to have a baby until this leg pain is under control.
Thanks so much for listening! Sometimes I don't even post, but I read through these threads and it makes me feel better...
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  • just stopping by allie to say i hope the injection works for you hun!!!
    morning are "YUK" for alot of ppl with spinal issues.
    i usually do not even look forward to rolling over and starting all over till meds r in me and they start their job.

    i probably missed it somewhere but where is the leg pain coming from????

    hang in there
    terri O:) O:)
  • Hi! I don't know where the pain originates from yet. The MRI showed the lumbar area and that looked fine, but they didn't do the sacral area like I guess they were supposed to. I just know that the pain is radiating down through the backside and more painful on the right side, which is the leg that hurt so badly before surgery. Hey, in order to get the injections, do they need to know exactly what is causing the pain, or do they do a general area? I was thinking, I wonder if they will need me to repeat the MRI of the sacral before the injection. I have had an injection before, but I can't remember details. That was before surgery and it did not work before, but I'm hoping it will this time!! How are you doing? Did I read that your doc is discontinuing your pain meds completely? You just had surgery a few weeks ago, right?
  • I am going in for my first ESI on this coming Monday. I am scared to death. I have heard that it doesn't always work and if it does it doesn't always last very long.

    Ali, if I read your post right, you have had them before, what was your experience with the epidural. Did it help right away or did it take some time. Also what kind of doctor did it?

    Don't mean to be following you aroung.
  • Hey Suziee,
    Sorry it took me a while to answer, the site was under construction, so I checked out for a day or so! I have had one injection before, it was done to try to avoid the fusion. I can't remember if it worked at all, but if it did, it wasn't for long...Are you being sedated? I was, and I went to sleep and woke up shortly after. It did hurt a bit after though. The doctor that did it was with an orthopedic group but he was actually an anesthesiologist. I am going to him again this time. I am really hoping it works out, because I cannot have surgery again so soon. I keep thinking that it can have different results each time and for each individual. I hope it works for you and try not to be scared. Let me know if you will be sedated or not. I will feel better knowing if I helped at all with your anxiety!
    :) Allison
  • I was wondering what was going on the other day. I would write a post and then it wouldn't be there. Thought for a minute I had been banned. #:S

    Ali,
    I go in for mine on Monday and I don't think I will be sedated.. Dang, I'm scared to death. My PCP probably told them not to. Who by the way I fired and I see a new Doctor on Monday as well.

    I suppose you would have remembered if your last one worked. I am trying to keep a postive attitude that it will help.



  • I thought I'd been banned too!!! =)) That's too funny. Yeah I guess I would have remembered if it had worked... I would ask if you can be sedated when you go in, but I don't know if they have to know that ahead of time or what. Also, some docs don't do sedation. When they called me to schedule the appt. they gave me a choice of two docs, mine and another. Then she said the other didn't do sedation, so it was just as well that I asked for mine from the last time... Well, don't worry to much, just keep your eye on the prize, which will be pain relief. These work well for lots of people, and I am really hoping it will for you too. >:D<
    Allison
  • I'm going for the second epi Monday. The first one helped my sciatica and tingling about 20% I hope yours goes well. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I got a bunch of paperwork that I have to fill out prior to getting my epidural and as I was going through it I noticed that a M.D. who I guess is also a anesthisioligist will be doing the procedure. My doctor didn't tell me that, he also didn't tell me the doctor's were pain management specialist and can administer pain meds.

    I just thought it was strange that I asked to go to a pain management clinic for the procedure and my doctor wouldn't do it. I wonder now if he even know's that this is a pain clinic.

    I feel better about this because I thought I would just go in, the doctor would give me the shot and that would be that. Now I feel I will be able to talk to him and maybe he has some idea's that my Doctor has not even thought of.

    I can't remember now if I told you all that I fired my Doctor and see a new one on Monday as well. The pain clinic and the new doctor are both affiliated with the hospital so that should keep everyone on the same page. I'm still scared though.
  • :) :) many pain management clinics have an anesthesiologist to do injections and a pain management specialist( usually an RN) to hand out meds. this is a better service for you. the doctor is free to intake new patients and oversee the team. the pm specialist is there to help you with your meds and you can get a great rapport going which really benefits you! the anesthesiologist is well trained in his job and may have some options for you the other doctor doesn't. usually he has done the procedure many times and can do as as pain free as possible. i have had injections without being put out. it is not pleasant, but it is over very quickly and you are on your way. of course you cannot drive yourself home and need to take it easy for a day or two. it sounds like you have a good team together and they are all working to help you feel better! good luck! Jenny :)
  • be unbearable. If you are in lots of pain after, they should be able to give you something in recovery. Just try and focus on the relief that you may get afterwards.
  • I made the mistake of watching one of those video's that show the epidural proceedure.. Stupid. :jawdrop:

    My husband will be with me so hopefully they will let him in so I can squeeze the hell out of his hand!!
  • I had an EPI on August 27, 2008. Itwas a LOVELY experience. I mean it. Im looking forward to next one on Nov 19th. All the Dr's and nurses were so kind and compassionate. Mine work very well for about a month. I then retuned to work so I dont know if the epi wore off or I just inflamed it from sitting all day. I wish you great luck and I hope your experience is as nice as mine was. It was kinda like a spa treatment. :)))
  • So encouraging to hear from someone that had such good results from it. It seems most people havn't really given it rave reviews. I'll find out tomorrow. I have to be there at 7:30 a.m. so at least I won't have a lot of time to dwell on it. Just hope I don't over sleep..Yikes
  • Hey Suziee,
    Paul's right, you would need to fast if you were going to be sedated...Sorry, I forgot that detail. That's good that you will be going to a pain clinic. I was checking out the website for the Ortho place I am going and the other doc that does these is listed as a pain specialist. I am going to check into him, because he may be able to help me. There is a serious lack of PMs in my city (like 1 or 2) and hopefully he can help me. I will be thinking of you on Monday, please keep me posted!! >:D<
  • I've had 2 by different docs. The first one didn't even use local to numb the area. It was a bit uncomfortable when he injected the concoction but I wouldn't call it pain. The second one was even better, I had a tiny shot first to numb the area and then it was over quickly. It didn't hurt at all. I hope it gives you relief!!! I'll send you some positive energy riiiiiiight.... NOW!!! Try to get some rest tonight and remember that being relaxed will make it hurt even less... I'll be rooting for you!

    -Lisa
  • I was so disapointed and I don't know if I should be angry at my doctor or the Doctor that was supposed to give it to me. I get there and it is just a consolatation for the ESI, so I got all worked up for nothing. My doctor told me they would be doing the procedure today. Grrr.

    Anyway, we now have it scheduled for Wednesday and I will be sedated for the procedure which makes me very happy. I, or my husband asked about pain meds and they don't prescribe pain meds at this time. Apparently they are hiring a Nurse Practisioner next month and then they will be able to dispense pain meds.

    I have an appointment this afternoon with a new doctor who only accepts people that are on workman's comp. so maybe he will have pity on me and write me a prescription for some pain meds. I really can't take much more of this.

    This whole thing has me so worn out and depressed. I swear I don't no which way is up any more.
  • I had my second ESI today and trigger epinephrine injections. Pain in leg and foot decreased a great deal and back pain is way down on the pain scale. I hope it lasts. My third shot is in 2 weeks. I hope it helps you. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Okay the Doctor is going to give the epidural in my cervical area because that's where the MRI is showing the damage although I have no neck pain. Could the Cervical spine be causeing the pain in my midback? The MRI on my t-spine showed only a couple of mild bulging discs so he is not going to give me shots there.

    The new doctor I went and saw today said that my MRI's show nothing significant therefore I just need to get more exercise and get out in the sunshine...Huh? He also did not think the epidural was going to do any good and what was I going to do next when it doesn't work.

    I get up every day and go to work, I walk my pugs every day, although not far depending on my pain level. He made me feel like I lay in bed all day and that's what my problem is. Gosh we went round and round and he just didn't get it. Don't get me wrong he was a very nice guy but what he was saying, without saying it was it was all in my head.

    Jeez, I can't catch a break. Even my husband said to me, "what about quality of life" This doctor thinks that I should mediatate when my pain level is low and learn how to feel what it's like not to have the pain. It will be a lot of work on my part but you can do it.

    He made me feel like I wasn't doing enough and now I am so depressed, like I needed to feel worse about myself.
  • Glad to hear your epidurals are working!!!
  • Charry- What are those? Also, did you know ahead of time that you were getting a series of shots? I have only heard of the one so far, but who knows what will happen? I suppose it depends on the individual how many they do. I am so happy that yours have helped!

    Suziee- I'm sorry that your new doc doesn't seem to understand the pain you are in. It is not in your head. People who don't have chronic pain tend to minimize it. I know, because I did it, too. My dad has a lot of health problems, but is also a hypochondriac, so he has always complained a lot. Among other things, he needs to have surgery on his neck, but NS he saw said he needs to lose 50 pounds before she will do it. He has horrible leg pain as well, which has gone largely untreated, so he is unable to be active to try to lose the weight. But, I digress. The point is I tended to be not as sympathetic as I am now, because I have had chronic back pain for years, and continued to live my life, without talking about it much. Until this last flare-up with my leg. It has been so painful, I feel bad for thinking he was just being dramatic again (he may possibly be the most dramatic man I have ever met, so it's hard to know). Sorry to go on and on....Do you think you should continue to look for a new doc? By the way, I am glad you will be able to be sedated, that should alleviate some of your anxiety! And just keep thinking positive that it will work!
  • Trigger point therapy is for referred pain from the herniated disc and annular tear pain. It's more for the back pain. Epidural is for leg pain mostly.
    If I were you I would contiue looking for the right pain management Doctor. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • My Mother in-law is a hypocondriac as well and my husband has a difficult time dealing with people in pain because of her. We just have to take her pain at face value and believe that she truly is in pain. I'm like you, now that I am suffering I am less judgemental towards people and thier pain. I am sure there are a lot of people that probably think I am being a baby but I would just like them to walk in my shoes for a day or 2.
  • an epidural needle puncture is the CAUSE of my chronic pain - its very long winded - it was for child birth (however every epidural injection is the same as any other,

    anyway, needle punctured dura, causing spinal leak , severe (worse than migraine haedaches) , blood patch needed , septicemia set in, critical condition, severe back pain , all at age 30yrs not on high rate DLA for life.

    PLEASE read on the web ''epidural puncture''

    onlt thing of you - i wouldnt want anyone to go through what i have - an still am going through

    mel xxx
  • Well I had my first ESI this morning and it wasn't bad at all. They did sedate me and they used the floroscoptic (sp) xrays to guide the needle to the right places. I really didn't feel anything except for some pressure and it didn't take anytime at all and I was done.

    So far no relief. I know that it could take several days or that I may need another one. I guess I will just have to wait and see what I feel like in the next few days.

    What is the next step if this does not work? The Doctor mentioned burning the nerve endings as a possiblilty but I really don't see how that would help. My pain is in my upper back but the MRI shows really nothing there but the MRI of my cervical spine showed quite a bit of DDD and some possible impingements but my neck does not hurt. The ESI was done in the C-6 and C-7.

    Could it be somethig else? Fibro, myofacial pain or???? I dunno, if this doesn't help I feel like just giving up.

    I just need a little bit of hope right now. I guess I am jumping the gun and should hold back any decisions until we see if this ESI is going to help.
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