Last Thursday I had:
1) lower left screw head injection
2) right sacro-iliac joint injection
I was hoping with all the anaesthetic and steroid pumped into me that, after a couple of days, all my back pain would disappear and I'd be as good as new.
I don't remember having any pain Thursday night, when we got back from the hospital, or on Friday morning. I was starting to think that everything would be OK and that, finally, something had worked, YAY!
However, on Friday afternoon I did the hoovering and felt that same niggling pain coming back. On Friday night I woke up with back pain (as before) and by Saturday morning, OMG! The pain had returned. It took me a while to get myself out of bed because I seemed to have got 'stuck' in one position and it was so painful to move. The same thing happened Sunday morning and again today
I am so disappointed, I can't tell you! When I looked in the mirror and touched where I felt the pain on the right side, I noticed that there was a mark on the other side at the same height. So now I'm wondering if they've done the wrong side - surely not? That couldn't possibly happen, could it? especially when it was written down correctly on the piece of paper they gave me afterwards.
Another thing - when I went into the first room and saw the anaesthetist, I said that I particularly wanted to ask the surgeon a question when I got into theatre. However, the next thing I knew - it was all over - so I didn't even get to see him and I learnt afterwards that it wasn't the same surgeon that did my fusion (as I was led to believe it would be).
Could it be that when they injected the left side, they had to angle the needle across to the right sacro-iliac joint, which should have been done. Somehow I doubt they would do this. I figured they'd just go straight into the same side that was causing the pain.
As for the lower left screw - there was a needle mark on the lower right area - another reason why I'm doubting what they have done.
The hospital will phone me in 6 weeks time to determine if I can be discharged, or if I need a further appointment - but then I'll have to wait months again if indeed it turns out that the procedure needs repeating.
I am so disappointed that the injections don't seem to have worked, but if they did do the wrong side, then I'm at a loss to know what to do about it. I was so confused by it all that I actually got my husband to take a photo of the area just to prove that I wasn't going mad.
WHAT SHALL I DO??? Maybe I don't know where my sacro-iliac joint is - can anyone tell me? I thought it was near enough to the two 'dimples' in our backs.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?