I have a few questions that someone who has had injections in their spinal region might know answers to. I had some injections on thursday afternoon. They did a selective nerve block on the right side in the area of my L5-S1 disc. I've had a number problems in that area, with severe pain in the center of my spine, pain at the top of both sides of my buttocks, and also down the back of my right leg.
Now, the injections seemed to help a little, as the pain in my right leg has improved. However, it's been over 3 days and the site of the injection is sore, particularly in one spot where pressure causes a very sharp pain. Also, the pain seems to have increased in the center of my spine, and down my tailbone. In fact, it feels a lot like someone hit me with a baseball bat in the tailbone.
My wife took me to the ER Sat. evening because I was in such horrible pain I could hardly sit up or walk a few steps. It took the maximum dosage of morphine injections without being admitted to decrease the pain. I wasn't in such a bad state before having the injections. It was my first time to a pain center, and this was their first treatment. Also, I was left without a prescription for pain medication for the last few days, as my primary care doctor only prescribed enough to keep me until my pain center appointment, and the pain doctor didn't offer any pain medication to go along with the injections.
So, does anyone have an idea as to why the injection area is sore and one specific spot is extremely sensitive? Also any ideas on why there would be an increase in the pain at the center of my spine and downward (from my L5-S1 down)? Of course it's Memorial Day weekend here, so I won't be able to see my doctor or anyone until tuesday. Should I try to contact my pain specialist about this and see if I can press to get in there, or should I just call my primary doctor for a quicker response?
My next appointment to the pain center isn't until June 4th for them to set me up with a TENS unit, and my next appointment with my actual pain doctor isn't for 3 weeks. I'm really not sure what to do at this point. So, any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.