I've had back pain for 8 years. I put it off for that long. I had an MRI and the results were Spinal Stenosis, Arthritis and degenerative disc disease. It also said no pinched nerve but narrowing of the nerve (whatever that means).
The worst part is that my symptoms are that when anyone touches me, it feels like a knife going through my skin. It's worse than pins and needles. It goes all the way from the middle of my back to my lower legs. It's HORRIBLE and unbearable. I sometimes have a low ache but that is nothing compared to the knives in my back and butt area. If I drive more than an hour, my hands and feet get tingling and feel numb. Very frightening. As fat as I am , my tailbone feels like a knife going through my skin as well. One would think I would have enough "cousin" for my tailbone.
Anyway, my doctor wants me to have to spinal cortisone injections next week. TWO of them. They are giving me sedation but they are telling me that I have to be awake for the procedure. A friend of mine who had this procedure done said it was the worst thing she ever had. I am considering canceling because there is no way I can humanly handle pressure and that "knife" going through my skin. Heck, if my husband just touches me lightly there, he's in danger of getting kicked (that is how bad my pain is). I don't understand why they can't knock me out completely. The nurse thinks it's a simple procedure. That is easy for her to say.
Has anyone had these symptoms and how did you handle this procedure? Need advice, please!