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lumbar injection backfired!

scoobysscooby Posts: 49
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi, yesterday I was scheduled for a long awaited lumbar injection. I can only get three times a year. For about 2 months I am in heaven. I look forward to them.

I have had about 6 of them in the doc office. They hurt but i can handle it. I know the relief they bring me.

Yesterday the injection hurt so bad, the Doctor stopped and said we would have to do it in the surgery center under sedation. He seemed pretty angry. I wish he had given me a few minutes to try to pull it together. I don't know why this one hurt so much more than the others. He didn't talk to me about it, he just walked out. There was different people assisting this time and they carried on during the procedure like I was not here. this same Doc does them all the time. Not the best bedside manner, but the injections work like a charm.

I feel like a big failure. I can tolerate alot of pain. I was also disappointed that I have to wait now till the end of the month. UGH. Has this happened to anyone else??
Thanks everyone :?
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  • I had radio frequency ablation at four levels. They did the right side, then at a later appointment the left side. The first appointment went OK, painful, but OK. I spasmed each time he stuck in the needle and turned on the heat. The second side was a disaster. I don't know what he did or what nerve he may have struck, but at S1 I reflexively jumped into the air. I had white-hot pain from my back to my toes. It made the situation worse, took me 6-8 months to get back to normal.

    When they're sticking needles to nerves, even carefully under fluoroscopy with a steady hand, they can hit something & cause pain. Your doc should know it happens - it happens to all of them at some point. If he was angry, it should not have been with you. (maybe he was more disappointed than angry?) I almost always get a line in my hand and take much sedation since I'm the nervous sort. The times I couldn't, I took Valium or Xanax 30 minutes beforehand.

    You're not a failure. You're a person with a painful condition who should be treated as such. For your doc not to talk to you after the failed procedure is surprising :/ , and if it bothers you, talk to him about it. Doctors need feedback like everyone else (whether they want it or not, they need it).

    I wish you better luck and speedy relief with your next attempt! :)))
  • Thanks Belyc

    I sl look forward to the relief from the injections. The Doc never goves anything for pain or relaxing ahead of time. I will let you know how it goes under sedation. Getting a mri this week . Have not had one in few years. Have a great day
  • Scooby,

    ~You are so unbelievable brave to even go through the spinal injections.

    My surgeon has told me I should have injections to numb my Spondylolisthesis, I refused and my mother is not happy about the potential of it going forward if I cannot control the pain otherwise.

    I can't physically or mentally muster the strength to go through it, you do really need to express to your doctor how it made you feel. After all he is supposed to be a professional, I'm sure he would hav said something if he was treated the way he treated you.

    I hope you feel better soon!

    Regards

    JHoop
  • I got knocked out for my injections in the low back (lumbar facet joint injection) and that is the only way I would do them Unfortunatley I only got a little relief and not worth the $23,000 the series cost. Now I am back with my fibro doctor and I get trigger point injections that help a lot and don't hurt much. I am a wose when it comes to shots in the back. I did have an S1 injection wihout sedation, but took 10 mg of valium to do it. It did not hurt much at all and only lasted a minute. No help from it.

    sue in ohio
  • Thank everyone! Sue I am kinda worried about the cost of the injection in a surgical setting. At the office my insurance covers most of it. I have been so lucky to get relief from the injections. Does not last long but I will take it. You would think nurses would have good insurance, but we really don't. I usually can not even afford the 100.00 co-pay on many of the non generic drugs. Have a great day everyone!
  • Thank everyone! Sue I am kinda worried about the cost of the injection in a surgical setting. At the office my insurance covers most of it. I have been so lucky to get relief from the injections. Does not last long but I will take it. You would think nurses would have good insurance, but we really don't. I usually can not even afford the 100.00 co-pay on many of the non generic drugs. Have a great day everyone!
  • very hit and miss and its ofter down to your anesthetist that give you thee injection as to weather it will work or not .my old pain consultant .was fantastic but even she came unstuck on day with me in theater .she normally gives me a lot of sedation ..but on this occasion she had to fully KO me .as i was in so much agony and the needle nearly broke ..after that she refused to give any more spinal injections ..in the uk its normal for us to have sedation and the injection are done under operating theatre conditions .i hope things work out for you
    tony
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,359
    post surgical scar tissue!! For my last couple of ESI's my PM doc got running start before sticking the needle in .... always done under floroscopy ... did your doc do yours aided with floroscopy or was he taking a stab in the dark .... or did I just not read your post well??

    Sorry If I did. I've been up all night. :(

    Warmest sleepy regards,


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  • My doc takes pics as he does the injection. I make sure to never look and see the size of the needles! It always hurts but I can handle it. This time i worked three twelve hour shifts . I think my back was so super sore. I will get one under sedation next week. I wish they lasted longer than a month. I feel wonderfull after an injection.

    Has anyone had any side effects from the steriods? My face breaks out, and my period gets messed up also. I will have hot flashes too! But the side effects are worth being able to walk and stand without agonizing pain.

    Tony, gload that needle didn't break. sounds awfull.Sorry you can't get anymore from her.

    Happy Father's day to all you Father's out there! <:P
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