I'm getting my first ESI tomorrow and I'm a little nervous. I have heard good things and bad things.
I had my 2nd micro discectomy on 5/4/2011, L5S1 hernaited disc. Everything went fine I guess it just takes longer to heal because 2nd surg, more scar tissue damage..etc. I no longer have any pain down my left leg, the only pain I feel is where the incision is. The maximum time I can sit on good days is 30 min, driving is still limited basically point A to point B. Cancelled two vacations this summer and anything else that requires sitting.
When I first went to pain management on Aug 1, they switch me from Norco 10/325 to Percocet 5/325. They gave me 90 pills and I got relief but I had to take 2/3 pills at one time for the pain to go away. Of course I called last week to tell them how many I was taking and to see if I could switch back, they said to wait until my appt on 8/19, when I did run out on 8/16 I went in there to see if I could get switched back to Norco or get another refill. Yes, I did the math...The most I took on one day was 6/7 and that was only because I'm pretty sure I was exercising way too much..walking, biking and swimming. While the nurse was talking to me I just got the feeling like I was being treated like an addict... He said that the dr's were gone for the day and that he would have to review it with them the next morning. I said fine, did not want to cause any problems. I'm not one to cause a scene. The next day the nurse called back and said they have to wait until I come in there on 8/19...ok so what am I supposed to do until then...of course I felt like I was treated like an addict again and was told that my meds will be discussed then. Ok, so I have prepared my self for the next two days not to do any excersing or anything of that nature.
I'm 41, married, mom of two teenagers, work 40 hours/week and my husband works 3rd shift. I have faithly completed
physical therapy and exercise on a daily basis.
I know that when I walk in the dr's office tomorrow I will be calm cool and collective....what else can I do?
I have no idea how they will react tomorrow all I know is that I am hoping the ESI works.
Does anyone have any suggestions ideas? Help.....