a lot of conversation has been made with respect to injections. A lot of people say they will refuse them, they don't work, too much pain, etc. well injections are valuable for a reason. they are not just for pain reduction. injections help the doctor locate the precise postition of your back pain. by injecting one area, he can tell if this is the correct place to treat if it alleviates your pain. if it does not, then he will try another area until he finds the right area. this is a common albeit problamatical practice by pain drs. injections are tools to help locate our specific pain location. by finding this he can treat the specific area by giving more injections, knowing where to place morphine pumps, or other pain pumps. for the most part, my back is so screwed up that they don't work for me. when they do it is temporary but i am willing to have my dr use them as a tool. unfortunately a lot of drs in california won't carry blue cross insurance for a variety of reasons. i have blue cross, so i will have to pay some out of pocket for injections and i can't afford that now. if i could afford them, i would have them to see if they help and to see if he can locate my pain position. they are not that bad, a little painful, but tolerable . if you can give them a chance especially if nothing else has helped, ie meds, etc
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.