My 1st post, hi all. 5 yrs ago I had cracked L-1 through L-5 in six places, 5 on 1 side and 1 on the other. Took 3 years to heal to about 75% and then 2 months ago was rear-ended in a car accident which gave my neck whiplash and my spine pain re-created all over again. Recent MRI says I have some disc bulging in my neck from the car accident and other recent MRI shows narrowing, disc bulging and arthritis in my lower/lumbar spine.
This coming Wed 11/3rd I am scheduled for an epidural for lower spine and also a series of facet injections for my neck. Was told they will give me anesthesia prior to injections so I need to have a ride home and take the day off work. Dr says there is a 30% to 40% chance of this working for me. Have done a bit of reading on this site in the past couple hours and am nervous about side effects, procedure not helping, etc. Dr says no food or drink after midnight the night before procedure scheduled for 7am this Wednesday. Says I will be in/out in a couple hours. Anybody have success the 1st time with facet injections in the neck? What about success the 1st time with epidural injection to the lumbar region?
Also, I told my boss I will need to take the day off work even though the procedure is early morning and will certainly be done by noon. Anybody able to work the same day after procedure with anesthesia?
Dr says they do not even want me taking a taxi alone, want someone reliable to get me home. Is is realistic that procedure day is my only missed work day or should I realistically plan on taking a 2nd day off work to recover?
Any replies with helpful hints, questions to ask dr before hand, meds to get prescriptions filled beforehand, after procedure expectations, do's/dont's, etc., insider info from those familiar would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance, LasVegas