Just to report that I am scheduled for facet injections with a new PM. I have had other injections before (not this) but never without sedation due to my issues with anxiety and panic attacks. This PM said just take a 10mg valium 30 minutes prior to the procedure. As it gets nearer my anxiety has been rising. My other doc gave me sedation, but this one said it wasn't worth the hassle of an IV for a 5 minute procedure. I don't think he understands my issues outside of the back issues with severe anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
I'm afraid I won't be able to do this and I need advice. My back surgeon wants me to get this as 1 step trying to avoid another surgery with 50-50 odds of helping at all. SOme people don't understand or don't care about how real this anxiety is or how paralyzing it can be.