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 !!