I am a 61 year old retired school teacher who has fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain for 16 years. I had a spinal fusion in the L5 are in 1998. Since I retired from teaching I had controlled my pain using lidoderm patches on the back and voltaren gel on my hips, escpecially at night. I also exercised every day, mainly Leslie Sansone workouts which really helped with my stress and pain.
Then around August the pain increased and my trigger point injections and the deep hip ones for busisits did not work at all. I am scheduled for an MRI with contrast Nov. 24 to find out if there is scar tissue pushing on nerves and also get a closer look into the sacroilliac which they know has arthritis in both joints.
Dr. Pellegrino has mentioned a lot of different injections, mainly the ones into the sacroilliac joints, but I am terrified of them and have huge panic attacks when it comes to medical proceedures. First of all, do doctors ever knock you out to do these injections? If not, how bad are the ones into the sacroilliac? Should I hunt for an orthopedic doctor, a pain management doctor, or a neurologist to do the shots if I can get myself to take them? I am working with a wonderful Christian psychologist who does hypnotherapy and has helped me immensely over the past 9 years so hoepfully I can get past my fear.
I just want to be able to continue my volunteer work at our local food pantry and play on the floor with my grandkids and do my own housework without having to rely on my husband to do so much of it.
sue in ohio