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Nervous but hopeful...

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Spinal Injections
I'm going in for my first ESI tomorrow morning. I have fairly high hopes, perhaps more out of desperation than anything else - I mean, life HAS to start again, right? So of course this will work...?

Anyway, I'm also terrified of needles. Luckily I'll be out-to-lunch or beyond for most of the procedure (twilight sedation), but I made the mistake of watching an informational video on ESIs and now I'm feeling a little light headed.

Anyone have advice on maintaining zen-like calm in the face of masked people in white coats brandishing dripping needles? ;)


  • The good thing is that they won't be brandishing the "dripping needles" in front of you. Most docs will do their level best to keep you from ever seeing an epidural needle.

    I hope you gain some relief from the procedure.

  • It's done, and I think it's working! I definitely feel better, even though there's still significant pain.
    The worst part of the procedure by far was getting the IV port put in. The nurse had to give up on the first one and try again, and the back of my hand is now black and blue. But the epidural itself? I honestly didn't feel a thing! Thank god for mild anesthesia and lying face down :)
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