Last Friday I told my PCP that unless something is done for my back, shoulder and neck pain STAT, she had better admit me to the behavioral health unit because I was done with getting jerked around...
I had an appointment for an epideral on Monday.
Monday came and I was really scared but I was going to do it, no matter what! It hurt SO bad. No sedatives but a numbing shot of novicane.. My dentist doesn't even use novicane on me anymore since it doesn't work but I didn't know what he used at the time. What was supposed to be a 5 minute procedure from start to finsih was almost 45 minutes. I don't know what the problem was exactly but he was swearing under his breath and couldn't get the needle in. I was crying my eyes out and telling them if they would just stop I'd never complain ever again =D I can smile about it now.. Well anyways he finally got the needle in and it was all over. Its Wednesday now and I'm feeling some relief but not much and I still feel like my back is having some big spasm. I have to go back in 10 days for another one and I don't think I can do it. It hurt so bad during and afterwards. I didn't have any pain pills or muscle relaxers. The injection was at T-9. I was passing out during the procedure... I know I should really get the 2nd once because from here my only option is surgery and I don't want that. I know epiderals aren't normally that painful or traumatic. The PM doc said he's never had that much difficulty before =(
He also told me I skipped a step between all the other things I've done like PT, TENS, Massase, accupuncture, etc.. I never was given the option of pain control with medication. Everytime I've brought it up everyone says I'm not in that much pain or I'm drug seeking. But they sent me in for an epideral if thats what they think? It doesn't make sense to him or me. How about you guys? Sorry this is so long