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More pain after injection........over a month later!

Amanda S YanisAAmanda S Yanis Posts: 124
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Chronic Pain
So I had an injection on Dec. 1. At the time I thought it was a nerve block, but after seeing how it was billed I guess it was just an epidural injection. For over a year now the pain has been mostly on my left side. But occasionally it was on my right side too. So he did a bilateral injection. As soon as it was over I hurt bad. I had maybe 5 minutes of relief, and I told him that. He told me to wait a couple days and see what happens. After about a week of constant pain, in which I didnt' get out of bed, I went back on all my meds, which took away the pain on my left side. But now my right leg hurts. Since the dr who did the shot was so rude to me, I did not go back to him. Instead I made an appt with my reg dr. to figure out what to do next.
She sent me in for a test and some bloodwork to rule out a blood clot in my calf, which it did. The pain is getting unbearable. Friday I tripped over my dogs chain and fell on the ground hard, but it didn't seem to really hurt me. Last night I slipped in the kitchen and my left leg got stretched out and I fell again. Today I'm in massive pain. My foot which used to go numb just every now and then, has been numb for over the past hour. Even my right arm is hurting. I give up! It just seems like I keep getting worse and the doctors are wanting to help me even less.
When I went to my primary dr. she refused to take me off work for any longer and also without telling me, cut all my pain meds in half. I got home from the pharmacy and she cut me down from a 50 to a 25 fentanyl patch, and instead of 1 hydrocodone every 6 hours, I now can only take 2/day. I do have an appt. with my Neurologist in two weeks, but I'm not sure I can manage to wait that long. Also in the past two days I've been getting a stabbing pain down my left leg that feels like someone is taking a sharp knife down my bones :(

I just wonder if the ESI did more damage than good, if that is even possible. And why do none of the dr. I see think this is a big deal?? My pain is real, it hurts! But one look at my scans and I swear they think I'm making it all up!
I just want to be better. I have 4 kids I need to keep up with. It just seems like every one is getting tired of me and I'm starting to feel crazy :(


  • amanda,I am so sorry you are going through this--have considered a trip to the emergency room?there must be something going on for you to be in so much pain---please keep us posted! Jeannie
  • I guess I just dont' feel like I'm in that much pain to go to the ER. I mean I hurt, but I've been in worse pain before. Of course I may feel differant if I were to actually stand up right now LOL
    Not to mention that honestly, getting up, getting ready, finding a babysitter, getting my kids ready, etc. is way too hard to do, not to mention the 20 minute drive would hurt soooo bad! And for what, a shot that may last a couple hours?? I would rather just lay in bed.
  • just wondering............how bad do u let the pain get before u head to the er? and what can they even do for u there??

  • I gutted my pain out for a few months. Finally, a disc fragment migrated under my sciatic nerve. I called a neuro and BEGGED to see him. I had surgery two days later. Moral of story? There are poeple in ER, US citizens and non-citizens, for a heck of a lot less. I wish I had gone to the ER months earlier! Don't be a hero.
  • Thank you soo much for that. I'm really struggling today!! I have another week before I go to my neuro. My husband told me to call and try to get in earlier at a differant location (over an hour away) but I'm really debating that. IF I were to get in earlier, I would need someone to drive me, and he would probably just schedule an MRI, which would take a week atleast. I just think the ER would give me faster help, if they would do an Mri there. I dream of going to the ER every day, just so I can get relief.

    Last night was bad. I didn't get any sleep, even after taking my Ambien. I was woke up by the pain and tried to ice it, but even that brings no relief. I would need an ice pack the size of my leg for it to help anymore! I can't stand for longer than five minutes before I about pass out in pain. And at times my foot is going almost numb when I lay down. I say almost because I get the pins and needle feeling but can still feel it when I poke at it with a needle. My pinkie toe is what is really hurting me and my foot is freezing at all times. It feels like I'm constantlly stepping in snow!

    I just took 1 1/2 Lortabs so I'm gonna go lay down now. If I go to the ER, it will be afternoon after I get my youngest off to pre-k.

    Again thank you so much for responding. I feel so alone right now, and even on here it seems like nobody likes to give me advice. I guess I'm one of those annoying people on message boards because this seems to always happen to me :(
  • I don't think that you are annoying, but rather, people are just unsure how to offer support.

    Have you seen an orthopedic spinal specialist? If not, I would suggest that might be a good option for you. I realize you need to get this pain under control and the ER might be the way to go, but I would suggest you make an appointment with the ortho. now so you will have it. It often takes about six weeks to get in as a new patient.

    There seems to be a prejudice on this board toward neurosurgeons, which I think is unfortunate. I am not recommending a general ortho. but a fellowship-trained orthopedic spinal specialist. Their fellowship training is almost identical to that of a neurosurgeon but they come at your problems from a slightly different perspective. What the neuro interprets as "nothing significant" may make more of an impact on the ortho.

    Even though your report indicates "minimal" disc bulging, the impact may not be minimal. The size of the bulge does not necessarily correlate to the amount of pain it causes. Sometimes when your pain generator is not obvious, you have to work harder to get heard. Sometimes it takes going to a number of specialists until you find one that can help you.

    So please do not be discouraged. It is important to try to stay positive and keep plugging away. It can be hard work...I know only too well.

    I hope you are feeling a little better after you've napped. If your pain is mostly nerve pain, I'm afraid you won't get much relief from the medications you've been prescribed. Maybe it's time to find a new interventional pain management doctor or a physiatrist.(doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation -- this specialty is excellent at diagnosing problems, and does what a PM doc does regarding injections, prescribing, etc.)

    Take good care,

    xx Gwennie
  • I've seen an orthepedic spinal surgeon, he said no surgery. I've also seen two neurosurgeons who said the same thing.
    I took my lortabs and do feel better. Somehow they dull the pain to make it more tolerable, which is odd since before they did nothing for me.
    All the dr.s I've seen have just blown me off. They see my scans and say there is not much wrong so I should be fine.

    I will look into finding a pysiatrist, but I doubt there are any around where I live, and I don't know if I can handle any long drives right now, nor can I afford one.

    Thanks for your support!
  • I would go to the ER. Did your Dr. do an ultrasound? I think it's best to go to the ER before Ultrasound closes at 4-5pm. Not sure if that's what it's like at your hospital but you may get to see Neuro faster. I don't know what other people say about going to the ER as this is acute pain and it's necessary. I work in an ER. Well I did on LTD now. Go please. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I agree with Charry.

    Hope you go....let us know how it went.
  • I'm confused about the ultrasound? What would that be for, or show?
    I'm still considering the ER after my husband gets home. I have to wait and see what he thinks, and either find a babysitter or someone to take me.
  • so i'm laying here waiting on my friend to come get me and take me to the er. i'm guessing they will just give me a shot and send me home, but anything is better than this pain i'm in right now. I'll try to update later depending on how loopy i feel.

  • I hope you get some welcomed relief when you get to the ER. Do a lot of slow, deep breathing, should you have to wait. Keep remembering that relief is on it's way for you.

    Please let us know how you are doing, when you get a chance.

    We'll be thinking of you.


  • Went to the er. The dr. there told me there was nothing they can do for me and I need to call my own dr. or neuro in the morning. He told me to take more of my pain pills if that would help. I told him that then I would run out by the end of the month and he just said it was a decision I would have to make on my own. So that was a waste of time, energy, and money. I'm so upset right now.

    I truly feel like nobody wants to help me anymore.

    I will call the neuro in the am and beg to get in. I already have a ride lined up when I do go. If that doesn't work then I guess I'll call my family dr. and beg her to send me for another MRI asap so that when I do see the neuro next week I'll have that out of the way. Are there any other tests that I should ask for?? Isnt an EMG usued to test nerves??
  • I'm glad you opted for the ER -- I think I went 3 times last year as I couldn't get the pain under control.

    You're not alone and feel free to vent away. Unfortunately, everyone has to go through their own process of doctor's appts, tests, test and more tests. I can't imagine trying to care for 4 children while you're focus is on your pain. I certainly hope you have family and friends to help out.

    Gwennie gives excellent advice --- I will say to try to stay strong and stay the course until you get a doctor who will work with you to get to the root of the problem.

    I will tell you that I was in so much pain (sciatica) to the point of losing my job. I had several opinions about my bulging disc at L4/L5 and was told I wasn't a surgical candidate. I was despondent but eventually with lots of rest and sciatica exercises (stretching), I am better and ready to look for another job. This was over the course of a year. So hang in there, I did, and there was light at the end of that LONG tunnel!

    Take care,

  • Sorry the ER Dr. couldn't help. I noticed at one hospital it depended on the Dr. who was on who would help you better. I hope your Primary can book the EMG for you and you see the Neuro Dr. soon. Maybe your Primary Dr. could help you reassess your medications.
    Take care and don't give up hope. Okay? Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Well, darn. So sorry to hear that the ER doctor was unable to help you.

    Let us know when you are able to be seen by one of your doctors.

    As Charry stated, please don't give up hope.

    Thinking of you,


  • Just something I'm kind of figuring out along the way- if you are a chronic pain patient, doctors who blow off your reports of pain are worse than useless. When you get it under control, you might want to reshuffle your entire line-up to include doctors who will respond when it gets bad.

    This will mean doctors comfortable with the use of narcotics, who have confidence in their ability to manage their use.

    Good luck!
  • I'm soooo trying to stay positive, but it is really getting harder and harder!! I called my neuro but they are out to lunch so I need to call back in about an hour or so. Schools were cancelled today because of the freezing rain, so now all four kids are home, and the roads are horrendous. The dr. is atleast an hours drive too. I feel like this is all a sign that I'm not supposed to get any help!

    I'm just wondering if I would be better off asking the nuero to schedule me an MRI or EMG instead of getting in to see him asap. I mean wouldn't he really need those to see what is wrong first? Maybe I should call my primary dr and see if she will do that?? I don't know what to do!
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