I hope I never, ever have to go through that test again!
I knew I was going to be in trouble as I looked at the screen when he was pinpointing where to insert the needles, and there was no visible disc at L5/S1 on the left side. Yeah, that's not a good thing. Just him trying to insert the needle at that level was an excruciatingly painful experience. And then came the pain of the injection! :jawdrop: :OO :jawdrop: Oh my... that was horrible.
When they wheeled me in for the CT scan afterward, I literally could not move over to the table. She had to help me by pulling on my gown as I attempted to sit up and move over. I felt so helpless! Next week in the hospital should be an adventure if that was any indication.
On a positive note, at least this confirmed my original suspicions that L4/5 was no longer the problem, that the pain had changed, and the second discectomy was a complete waste of time. The positive in that being that I feel I made the right decision to go to another surgeon. My previous surgeon was planning to fuse L4/5 only, with no further testing, as he believed that was still the problem area.
I am still in a LOT of pain from the test, although I feel better than yesterday.
I am looking forward to getting this over and done with... I can deal with surgery pain... at least there is an end in sight with that.
Just wanted to share...