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So, today I had the S.I. joint injection, but................

SueDSSueD Posts: 545
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Chronic Pain
while on the table I asked the surgeon if he knew the source of my other (continuing) back pain. I indicated where it was and after palpation he said "Yes, I can feel the screw-head, so the pain is either from inflammation or it's scar tissue".

I had this all last year. Why can a stupid screw cause so much aggro?

Thank G-d I had sedation today because, if not, I think I would have jumped off that table and run away!!! Although I think I only had one actual incision point, there were at least 6 different injection areas into the S.I. joint - some much deeper than others - and I felt every one of them!!! OUCH!!

Hopefully I will get good pain relief from today's procedure (I'm banking on it actually), but I'm still dealing with ongoing back/leg/foot pain and it's getting me down, big time! It's all so disappointing.

It doesn't help that I'm struggling at work too, if I'm honest, but for now, I'm still trying to give it my best shot as my employers have been so supportive (I'm working only 4 days until mid-June, when we will meet again to discuss my 'progress') - I have to try very hard to see if I can make it work. I do hope so.

In six weeks time, I will receive a 'telephone' consultation following today's injections and, if my back is still causing me grief, no doubt I'll have to attend another outpatient/review appointment - which will probably be another 6 weeks after that. It does take a long time on the NHS here in the UK to see a specialist, but I don't have a choice right now.

I must say that the injection site (and deep inside) is really sore at the moment. I suppose its probably bruised, I don't know. How have other people got on after a similar injection? Were you pain-free by the next day?

Oh well, I'm gonna lay down and relax now as I'm 'done in'. I do hope you all have a [relatively] pain-free day.
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!


  • Sue, I had the SI injections and nerve root blocks done last Monday and it has taken care of 85% of my pain. It is now atleast managable and I can atleast work and carry on most normal activities. I hope it works for you. Chad
  • your a fighter hun ..i will give you that ,,but you know as well as i do ..there are no magic bullets for this sh17!! ...i hope that you will get some relief ..you deserve it
    tony x
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • I hope you do get some relief following these injections. Maybe it will help to make work easier, at least for a short while. You are doing so well managing 4 days a week.

    Did the surgeon suggest any solution to the scar tissue/inflammation from the screw head?

    Keep fighting. Hope your injections kick in soon.

  • No suggestions were made, apart from to tell the nurse when they phoned me. Actually, he was not my usual surgeon - I'd never seen him before!

    It amazes me how we let [effectively] total strangers do things to our bodies. We are a trustful lot, that's all I can say. Mind you, it did help that he was such a sweetie!!!!

    Tony - thanks for your reply. I hope things are improving for you right now?? Has there been any positive progress yet, even a tincywincy bit? I do hope so - you deserve it too.

    By the way, I'm off work today as their blurb said not to drive for 24 hours after the sedation and my a*se is sore!!!!! I'm ok if I sit leaning on my left butt cheek, but this doesn't help with back pain. I'm sure you all know what I mean.

    Have a lovely Friday you all and let's hope our weekends are enjoyed with less pain (from my mouth to G-d's ears).
    2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    I hope you get some good relief from the injections.And make less pain for the working days!
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    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • My pain management doctor is telling me that many insurance companies are not covering this procedure now, what was your experience?

    All the best, and please let us know your progress.

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