Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Veritas-Health LLC has recently released patient forums to our Arthritis-Health web site.

Please visit http://www.arthritis-health.com/forum

There are several patient story videos on Spine-Health that talk about Arthritis. Search on Patient stories
Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
Attention New Members
Your initial discussion or comment automatically is sent to a moderator's approval queue before it can be published.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

Just had my second esi in 2 weeks-back is killing me! Normal??

kathyykkathyy Posts: 580
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Spinal Injections
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!


  • As you can see, not too many check out this part of the board!!

    I was sorry to see your post. Since I joined the board and have been following your posts, it seems like things have been going a tad downhill.

    I have had sufficient ESIs, nerve blocks, etc. that I have lost count and what I can tell you is that I have had some that did not hurt at all and others had me laid up for days afterward. In every case though I always spend the first 24-36 hours on the couch or in bed. A woman chiropractor whose husband has major back problems told me that the doctor would say it was OK to resume normal activities the next day, but that I would be better off if I stayed off my feet for at least the next 24 hours.

    I think you just went back to work too soon and the swelling you have reflects that. Being on your feet, walking around, getting ready for work, going to work, etc. gets the blood pumping much more than if you were home lying on the couch, getting up just to grab a bite to eat and use the bathroom. This activity is enough to cause swelling. Keep icing it and rest as much as you can.

    I'm sorry you are having so much back pain. Does the surgeon have an idea why that is?

    Pain is all relative, isn't it? You think something is really bad until you have something that hurts more! I was just thinking about that concept the other day...oh so fun to be a spiney!!

    Hang in there, my friend.

    xx Gwennie
  • Thanks for your kind words. Goodness, this is quite a learning experience! No, they really don't know why I'm having such trouble. Seems like I started to do a little better at around 4 months then WHAM. The best way to describe the worst of my pain is that it feels just like the time about 15 years ago that I fell iceskating and fractured my sacrum. Except worse. I do have the radiating pain into my legs and feet but the low back searing pain and saddle area burning are killing me! I suppose that the pain management doc is kinda "eliminating" pain sources by injection. At least that's my understanding. So far, after 2 esi's, no luck. But I have faith that I'll be able to at least get this under control.

    Incidentally, I've seen lots of your posts! How are you doing?? Any relief for you?
Sign In or Register to comment.