I went for my first ESI since the surgery today. It's obviously too early to say if it's worked. My pain doesn't typically get bad unless I've been on my feet for more than a few minutes. I spent the day laying down on the couch and in bed, so naturally I haven't had my typical pain. I DID, however, have terrible low back/hip/leg pain, which I'm assuming is a side effect from the ESI? In any case, if the ESI works even just a little bit, I plan to go back for the other two, if my doctor agrees it's a good idea.
In any case, I've been thinking a lot lately about getting a TENS unit. Does anyone know how much they cost without insurance? I don't believe my insurance will cover it, so we'd likely be paying for it out of pocket. Also, would my PM doc or NS be the one to prescribe it?
My thought is this, in the event that the ESI doesn't provide work (the last ones I had prior to my surgery did not work, but I'm trying to think positively), I'd like to try the TENS unit. The NS already said that if the ESI doesn't work, we'll likely have to talk about another surgery. However, I'd like to hold off for as long as possible, if I can. I'd prefer to wait until after the holidays. With the amount of pain I've been in, I can't imagine waiting that long. However, when I was in PT right after injuring my back last November to February, they had me using a TENS unit at the end of my session. It definitely provided some relief, though it didn't last long. By the time I got home, I would be in pain again as soon as I started doing housework and my motherly duties. So I figure if I have a TENS unit that I can use at home, maybe it'll help me to delay the need for surgery.
What are your thoughts on this?