Well today I saw my PM and had my second of two suggested Cervical ESI's ... The first was at the C4 - 5 level and was several weeks ago.
When the doctor injected the 80mg's of depo-medrol I could feel it flow down my spine on the right side and giving me some immeadiate relief ... it never felt like it infiltrated to the left side (my worse side) and unfortunately this relief only lasted 3-4 days.
At todays injection, he targeted the C5-6 level and unfortunately I felt nuttin. This was directly at the level of my hardware and he ran into significant amounts of scar tissue and hardware ... so number two and final was a bust.
All levels aside, the major cervical issue still remains with an anterior herniation and posterior osteophyte or hypertrophic ligament at C3-4 that has been getting progressively worse over the past 6 years and was not addressed in any of my past 6 cervical surgical sessions. The C3-C4 "pinch" above all my hardware is getting worse with no immediate plan.
On the other end .... my herniated L3-L4 L4-L5 seems to be acting up giving my left leg, hip, butt, shin, and foot a run for their money - I've learned to love and depend on my cane.
And for any of you Dave fans out there ... My SSD hearing IS the 26th of this month. Please mark it on your calenders and send good karma my way, on that day (if you would be so kind - as I know you are).
Warmest Regards to all,