Hi guys! I have been posting in the back and neck surgery forum mostly. Am 6.5 months postop PLIF. Back pain is increasing, also having the nerve stuff in my legs and feet but the lower back pain is the worst.
I've just had my second esi. The first was above my fusion site because recent the mri w/contrast showed some changes in the discs above the L4-L5 area and my pain specialist wanted to rule that area out. This second shot was into the fused area.
My question is this? Are these things supposed to hurt this bad? I don't mean while they are administered but it is now about 24 hours late (next day) and I made it through 1-1/2 hours of work before having to go home. All I can do is ice my back, take lortab and let my back rest. The same thing for my first injection last week? Is this normal. I don't have a temp or anything but the injection sites are swollen.
Funniest thing is I have to have a root canal next week and the doc's office called and tried to move it up to today (the day after surgery)! I NEVER thought ANYTHING would hurt as much as a root canal but.........live and learn!