I'll just get down to it to avoid a lengthy story. After a Discogram came out positive for 2 leaking discs in my lowest lumbar, I went a whole year after that considering the double spinal fusion surgery I need. But I am only 41 and overweight. So I talked to my pain mgmt dr. last week, asking what else can we try? He says let's try a facet joint injection.
My doctor is Chinese and very smart, Harvard educated, but we have a communications problem apparently. Mom and I both understood that I was to have my left side injected today and then come back in a week and have the other side injected. Well, the facet joint injections were so painful I couldn't hardly take it. He asked if I wanted to do the other side today, and I said NO NO NO! And then he came into the recovery room to explain to me the pain diary sheet he wants me to keep up with today.
Where we misunderstood apparently is that I had to have BOTH sides done AT THE SAME TIME, which now means next week when I go back, I have to endure this pain AGAIN and on the other side as well? Does this sound right?
I thought what was a simple procedure to inject lidocaine and a time released cortisone into the facet joints was the whole point, to try to help with my pain I've been having after my 2 discs tore open and leaked over a year ago.
I have been so upset all day thinking I have to go through all of this again. It was so painful. He said this is a diagnostic test, and he tried to explain to me, but I don't understand. Can someone help me understand this please?
Thanks so much. The lidocaine is wearing off and I am starting to hurt. How much pain can I expect? Who knows?! ~Molly