I have good news. Let me start at the beginning. I am a positive person. I am a person who wants to believe there is hope. When I joined this forum I felt hopless, lost and like I was falling deeper and deeper into a hole. When I joined this forum I was desperate for some good news. I found none. I appreciate how essential it is to support one another and I love that there is an environment for people to feel comfortable to share their sorrow and pain, but I was desperate for an "I made it through and so can you" story. I have been involved in 7 months of chronic pain in my back, buttocks, claf and ankles especially caused by herniated discs at L4/L5 and L5/S1 and canal stenosis. In this time I have spent constantly undergoing non surgical therapy including osteopathy, physiotherapy, accupuncture, spiritual healing and hydrotherapy but I was finally in so much pain I needed something else. It was time to get a cortisone injection. Again I came to this website for some advice, and was shocked by all the horror stories and unfortunate cases of people having none or terrible results. I was so scared about the pain and future disapointment I nearly cancelled my appoinment altogether. But I went and it was easy, painfree and already I am feeling results. The most excruciating part of the process was the unnecessary stress I had caused myself. I do think it is essential to have an informed view of what will happen and to hear the worst case scenarios as well as the best. But I also want people to know it may not be terrible. Don't expect this to be a magic bullet, but do have an open mind.
I am so glad I had this injection it took literally 30 seconds and was only as painful as any other needle I have had before. The most uncomfortable thing was lying on my stomach for the scan which only took 5 minutes. The dr was sweet, calming and very positive.
This forum is an amazing place for people with pain to join together, I am glad to have found it, and I am glad to contribute a positive story.
Good Luck everyone!!!!!!