I haven't posted much lately, but I need to ask a question. Normally I deal with injections in the cervical spine area. As a reminder to those who remember me, and for information to those who don't, I have a neck injury that affected my legs. I have a lot of burning pain along the entire right side of my body all the way to my toes, and a bunch of other symptoms I won't mention now.
I just had 2 lumbar ESIs yesterday to see if this will help with any of the lower limb burning, since I do have issues with L2/3 and L5/S1. Honestly we have never felt like the lower body stuff comes from that though, so this really is an experiment. This would be a wonderful thing if it will help. My doctor wants to repeat it in 2 weeks, and then if no results after that, we will try a sympathetic nerve block. If no results then, we will know that it is all coming from my neck stuff.
Towards evening yesterday I started getting a headache when I am up, but it eases when I lay back down. I frequently have headaches anyway but this seems different from my "normal" headaches. It is a tad worse today than last night. It isn't horrible, but it is enough that I am miserable. I have read that sometimes one will need a blood patch after an ESI. Has anyone had this before? How bad does the headache get before this becomes necessary, and will it go away on it's own?
I would appreciate any feedback.
Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!