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follow up from first epidural

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in Spinal Stenosis
It has been a week since my first PAINFUL epidural. The relief was short lived. Day one was rough but I used alot of ice and loritab to manage. I had five great days after no pain no burning no tingling or loss of feeling life was good. The night before my weekly follow-up appt. the burning and numbness returned from my back down to my toes. Driving there the next morning was disconcerting. I will be having another one in 2 weeks. I told them about the pain during the injection and was given two new options. I can take valium the night before and just before the injection to relax me. They can also put me in a twlight state so that I don't remember or feel antything I will be awake so I can communicate with the Dr if needed. I opted for the valium. He said there is no gaurentee the next shot will last longer or hurt less, all I can do is one day at a time and hope for the best. Insurance only pays for 3 shots per year with 30 pt sessions. After my next shot I'll start some pt. My Dr mentioned pain management as an alternative to surgery. What is pain management? I want to thank everybody for their replies and support after my first post. It made me feel great. I am a one finger typist so it takes along time to post. Thanks again furie4
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  • http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/pain-management/pain-management-techniques#1
    I found this link here. I have had trigger pint injections(nerve blocks) to my back. That isn't a great experience like the ESI. I have the 3rd ESI next week. There's medications also used in pain management. Take care and hope you find more relief. Your typing is just fine! 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
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