I was in Day Surgery yesterday to have Facet Joint injections (10 done) 2 ganglian nerve blocks & had the unexpected joy of a cordal ESI which I hadn't been scheduled for. I last had these done in July last year & had a follow up telephone consultation in October (should have been december but I kicked off!!) Things went well apart from taking longer than expected to walk or pass urine afterwards - they almost had to move me to another hospital & admit me overnight - I lied to them & said I had passed urine when I hadn't it was 5 hours after the procedure before "everything" was no longer numb. Today all is good, some hip pain & the calf muscles feel like they've been ripped out & replaced !!LOL.
The real reason for the post is that although i was "consented" by the pain clinic surgeon prior to the procedure I tried to tak to him about my current prognosis, pain levels, new pain & how to alter my medication regime so the benefit was increased but I could still function & work. All he realy said was that rather than the morphine I could try Fentinal patches which I have never had previously. He didn't have the time or the inclination to talk to me, I know he had a full "list" but this was going to be my only oportunity to talk to anyone, face to face. I will get another follow up telephone call in 6 months time - unless I call their secretary & say things have worn off or pain has increased etc - shes the only person that I actually have a meaningful relationship with & she is normally telling me to go away as they are too busy! or you'll just have to wait your turn.!!
Should I try & get back into see the Spinal Surgeons team again & try to push for further tests or look at other treatment??
Sorry for a long rant but I really feel cheated by the British National Health System!! db