Got my first epidural yesterday -- and given the pain level, it might be my last.
During the injection they had to stop twice. It felt like a truck rolled over my hip. Now I'm guessing that's good to the extent that yes, all that back and hip pain are clearly linked to what's going on at L-4-5 with me. I did not have sedation and left fairly soon afterwards. Had trouble bending to get into the car and bumpy roads caused a lot of grimacing but I made it home and that's when the real pain started. I couldn't stand for more than a minute or two, had ice on my back constantly and took the Tylenol they'd recommended and still could barely breathe the pain was so intense. I'm not one for painkillers, but I'm stunned that they sent me home with none and I won't do that again. It was excruciating.
Now, I'm a baseline optimist and I think of myself as fairly tough, so I'm trying to figure out if this is all good somehow. Clearly, they hit the right nerve, right? It all makes me think that a fusion (being discussed) would be successful as it would relieve pressure on the nerve. I cannot imagine, based on all the reading I've done on epidurals, that most people experience this pain. So, what am I to make of it? Is it a comment on technique? On how much pain I've been in/how much pressure is already on the nerve?
As I said, I felt like a truck rolled over my lower back and hip and I cannot believe that's how most people feel after an epidural. Would love to hear thoughts on this or if others had this experience.
Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis. Last four months pain and numbness have been intermittent but increasing. Can't walk a block now. Numbness has traveled down leg to mid-calf.