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Going for 3rd fct jt injection today

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,622
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:27 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am having the steroid injection at c2-3. The 1st injection was done at c5-6, 2nd at c3-4. Little relief from both. The 1st one was drastically different from the 2nd. It was alot more painful and torturous. Nerves were hit. I was in pain all night. Like bad dental nerve pain. Also had "racing thoughts" and pounding heart. The 2nd I barely noticed. I wonder why the big difference and what am I in for today. I'm a bit nervous. Any thoughts?
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  • Did you have different doctors? Some are better at certain injections than others. I hope you have a good injection and barely notice it, and I hope it brings you much relief.
    Take care.
    Stacey
  • bib3mama said:
    I am having the steroid injection at c2-3. The 1st injection was done at c5-6, 2nd at c3-4. Little relief from both. The 1st one was drastically different from the 2nd. It was alot more painful and torturous. Nerves were hit. I was in pain all night. Like bad dental nerve pain. Also had "racing thoughts" and pounding heart. The 2nd I barely noticed. I wonder why the big difference and what am I in for today. I'm a bit nervous. Any thoughts?
    Hi bib3mama, hope they work better this time.
    I've had 9 lots of injections over the last 4 years.
    The most at one time was 7, but that was a bit much so i reduced it to 4 or 5 the next time.
    The last 2 sessions hurt a bit-same as you, seemed to be too close to the nerves, but in my case it was only short term pain.
    I find the relief is generally immediate, with the first sign being better sleep with dreaming. Usually it is waking every 10 minutes or so.
    They last about 6 or 7 weeks.
    Mine has worn of in the last week and i am back to a constant neck/ headache that is hard to get rid of.
    The best for me is a Tramadol with a Panadeine. the codeine really helps.
    I always take a Tramadol before the procedure, but it still hurts. Might need a double dose. I always try to minimise medication but sometimes I under medicate.
    I grip the table and try to think how much better it will be afterwards. You do forget it quickly, and the relief is well worth it.
    Looking forward to my 10th lot as soon as I can arrange it. Have now a new pain specialist to break in.
  • I hope you get some relief from this. PM me and let me know how it went. I haven't done any injections so I don't have much to offer you but a whole lotta love. Just know you're in my prayers and thoughts tonight.
  • Hello everyone and thank you for your comments & encouragement. I really, REALLY appreciate the moral support. The injection was not as bad as the first and I only had to grip the table for about 10 minutes. The Dr spent a good 15 minutes with me afterwards, talking about my symptoms and recent MRI. This is the most any Dr has spent with me since the accident. My pain overnight was pretty bad and today I am quite uncomfortable. I am hopeful though becz the pain from the shot is right about where my daily pain originates. He may have nailed it! I wish I had been more assertive with my previous injections which were done at lower levels c4-5, 6-7, and told the physiatrist dr that my pain is up higher. I think those other injections may have been a big waste of time and $$. Live and learn. I did tell the dr (the physiatrist) but I didn't jump up and down and INSIST! I have not had sedation with any of the injections. They put a novacaine in while sinking the needle closer and closer to the joint. The first painful injection I had was at a different clinic with a different dr (recommended by the physiatrist) and the 2nd & 3rd was done at a place closer to home that I found in the phonebook. This is the last I am going to go to this physiatrist. I've gotten recommendations to a PM dr that is also closer to home. Maybe, God willing, I won't need it after this injection gets to work!
  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,615
    Never did ANYTHING to help me :(

    Glad to hear they seemed to give you some relief.

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