I FINALLY got my ESI done in the CORRECT location, 6 weeks after the screwed up one. OMG, it hurt like HE(double hockey sticks). Well, it's as close as they can get to the T12-L1 problem. It was done at L1-L2. The Pain Dr.said my back is so tied up in knots surrounding the disc, no wonder I'm in so much pain. He gave me a trigger point injection into the muscles on either side of the disc. I guess the inflammtion and muscle knots were why it's been feeling like I'm laying on top of a big beanbag under my back.
I'm hurting so unbelievably bad! It's radiating all across my lower back and wrapping into my ribs. My legs are weak(weaker than they have been), and my entire lumbar region is all flared up now when it felt ok the past week. It's horrible. I've already been at the max dose of pain meds I have, so I'm screwed. This evening, I've developed horrible nerve pain in my abdomen and I now feel like it's been inflated with gas and it gonna explode. It's so agonizing just to breathe.
I basically came home and went to bed, slept most of the day, only got up to srart a load of laundry and do the daily nighttime inspections of the kids' rooms. I'm glad I scheduled it for today, because our housekeeper was here this afternoon and helped out with the kiddos homework and stuff. She's been wonderful. I just wish it weren't killing us to pay her. She's a HS senior, emigrant from Mexico just 2 years ago, documented worker, and her Mom and her are legal and applying for citizenship. She's an awesomely hard worker and great with the kids.
I know the pain is normally worse for a day or two after an ESI. Let's hope this is the case and I'll start to feel a lot better in a few days. I'm so scared that it's going to result in worse pain like the one 6 weeks ago. I still have extreme nerve pain from the other ESI. I also have weakness in my legs, bowel issues, bladder issues, and have lost feeling in my upper thighs and groin. That's not gotten any better.
My doctor and I are still trying to find me an out-of-network doctor whe will see me for a second opinion. I was turned down by the Neuroscience Center I'd hoped to get in to. Why? I have no idea. It's been ridiculous. Hopefully this ESI works and I won't have need of a neuro, but I need to know that I have one in case I need one, since I have consulted an attorney about the mishandling of my case, the ESI done in the wrong place due to lack of MRI being sent, etc, and he thinks I have a good case, just waiting for me to find another Dr. so he can put in the paperwork.