This may be a bit premature, but thank you for letting me post my question here. This whole spinal injection thing is totally new to me.
I have an appointment on May 14 for my first consultation with a pain management center that specializes in the treatment of chronic pain.
I was told that I have permanent nerve damage in my lumbar spine and that the only option is to treat the pain.
When I called the clinic, they told me that they inject a local anesthetic near the nerve roots to 'desensitize' the nerves. They didn't mention anything about steroids or anything like that, so I presume it would be just like going to the dentist and getting a local anesthetic to numb the nerve while your root canal is being done and that after a period of time, the pain would come back.
One neurosurgeon that I saw recently suggested that someone in my situation might do better with some sort of an epidural steroid injection (I guess the effects are longer lasting) but I haven't yet approached my primary care physician with that question.
If anyone could give me some suggestions as to what questions I should ask when I go for my initial consultation with the 'needle guys', I would really appreciate it!
Thanks a bunch,