Hello all, as the subject line above says, I just had my first epidural yesterday.
My initial posts began last summer over in the stenosis area. Basically at 40, I have been feeling the effects of my pars defect at L5 kicking in big time the last year. Mri also stated some mild bugle at L5 and leading to minor left foraminal stenosis.
Anyway, been doing the physical therapy on my own to keep things stretched, and core in shape but just isn't getting by it'self, with mobic and flexeril.
The procedure was pretty simple. I went in, got prepped with an IV, was given a "Twilight" anesthetic which is supposed to put you almost out and not remember a thing. Well it did just that, cause I don't remember nothing. Felt groggy yesterday, slept for two hours after getting home. and iced my back a couple times last night.
Today, my back is sore, like bruised or something, it's an effort to walk, like things are a little locked up in there. I think I'm gonna take some ibuprofin or something.
I got two bandaids on either side of L5, he did the procedure with fluroscopy, we'll see, I am so hoping this and if needed another injection might buy me time, several weeks, months, maybe even a year, or more, would be heaven, I have my doubts but I will hope for the best.
If no response, I will be forced at some point in the not so distant future to do an l5-s1 TLIF, which I cannot do right now, too much instability in family and job life.
I guess, the soreness like major brusing back there is to be kind of expected for a few days maybe???