I'm scheduled for an epidural injection this Monday, but don't want to go through with it if it doesn't help or could cause more problems than it's worth. I'm desperate for some relief since I have missed work this week due to the awful pain.It hurts to stand or sit more than 10 minutes.My full-time job requires me to sit all day. My meds are Hydrocodone 7.5 -3.25 4x day which I have been taking for 7 years.They refuse to up my dosage and act like I'm crazy asking them to take me out of work.Why don't they understand my pain level?
I was diagnosed with DDD in 1997, had a fusion/laminectomy at L5-S1 in 98 (didn't help)and my recent MRI shows L5-S1 significant loss of disc height&signal.Mild impression upon thecal sac, ligamentous and facet hypertrophy.
L4-L5 has disc bulge, loss of disc height and signal,bone spurs,ligamentous and facet hypertrophy, moderate foraminal narrowing.