I had my first lumbar epidural spinal injection on Thursday. It wasn't so bad...however, he didn't sedate me, but he talked me through it and the nurse held my hand because I informed them that I was fearful of needles around/in my back. It wasn't so bad after the numbing injection set in, but I can't tell fully if it's working, because I have yet to get my bed in, so I've been sleeping on the floor. I can tell a little pain relief, but not so much, as of yet.
I'm hoping that my insurance covers it. I call the doctor today to see if it went through and, if it doesn't, I have to call the insurance company. I HOPE it goes through, because they usually say if it helps some the first visit, the second time helps much more. At least that's what I heard. If it doesn't go through, I have to pay for the one that I had on Thursday and then I won't be able to go anymore. I know I won't be able to pay for it, myself (I'd have to make payments on the one that I did have).
Now, onto a side effect question...is constipation one of them? Because the nurse called to check up on me and said it wasn't, but it happened that same night, so I was just wondering if anyone has had problems like that with the injections.