Sorry this is pretty long but worth it
Started with a car accident in Jan 2011. Up untill then VERY active VERY healthy Like never had the flu & got the perfect attendence award thro middle & high School healthy.
*General Dr refers me to a Surgeon who then referred me to Dr.#1.
*Dr.1 Sends me for an MRI.
*MRI Shows L3-4, L4-5 & L5-S Disc all bulging & showing degeneration
(degeneration is Tiny tears or cracks in the outer layer of the disc. The jellylike material inside the
disc may be forced out through the tears or cracks in the capsule, which causes the disc to bulge,
rupture, or break into fragments leading to bone spurs! = lots of pain & BS) awesome rite?!?
*Dr.1 (Interventional sport & spinal specialist meaning no crazy strong pain killers that you will start to depend on) Gave me 3 Cortisone steroid injections for lower back & siatic pain in my left leg. All injections in different locations over the period of 2.5 months. They were not working for me. He then tells me
"YOU SHOULD REALLY ONLY HAVE 3 STEROID INJECTIONS IN A YEAR I'm not giving you any more because that could HURT YOU MORE THEN HELP YOU" I took his words seriously.
He sends me back to see the Surgeon. (Who is away, so i saw a partnen) complete Jerk didnt look at me once (busy on his computer) tells me that where & how i'm describing my pain doesn't match up with where he "thinks" my pain should be from "according to my MRI."
By the way he was treating me, I assumed he thought I was looking for pain meds. So I let him know (in a strong manner, so he would maybe look up at me) that "I'm NOT here for pain medication, I'm here because I want to find what is causing my pain and fix it so I can walk my dog around the block again" in thoes exact words. Some Doctors will think this about you..they think they are better then you and not worth thier time. All you can do is not go back to them because it will happen & theres nothing else you can do. He then referred me to DR.#2.
*Dr#2.(he was a Nureo & Spinal specialist, well known from a large & well known Corp. not some back door pain guy) The first meeting he walks in. Soo happy "I have reviewed your charts & please don't worry any longer I am going to give you your life back" hearing that I was exstatic!! He tells me he is going to give me nerve blocking shots "no they are not steroids" and this will eliminate your pain. I said ok and 2days later I was on his table.
But something felt very firmiliar. But i got the shots as I went back out to get changed, the nurse came up to me & gave me the "rest all day, no baths,hot tubes" speech, the one you get afte getting a steroid shot. so I told her im sorry i didnt get a cortisone shot today i just i got the nerve blocking shot. She proceded to tell me that it was the same. Instently in tears of fear. She went & got the Dr. Who pretty much told her to shut up then continued to tell me that I was correct & this was an epidual shot not cortisone steroid.
Needless to say i went home and my good friend google backed up what i thought was going on. He lied, Epidural is the location of the shot. He gave me more steroids. After a few phone calls to his office I finally got him on the phone and asked him why he did this after i had told him i did not want any more roids because of what dr#1 had said. He told me that Dr#1 was not correct in telling me that and he wanted to try some places Dr.1 did not try that could stop all of my pain with 1 follow up shot once a year. So i went back. He said one more i said ok. Then again he said I just want to try one more place I said ok. None of them worked. I just recently went back to Dr1.(the good Dr.) after telling him all of this he looked into his records & Dr2. NEVER was sent or REQUESTED his notes stating WHERE & WHAT my first 3 injections were. He could have killed me... He pretty much did.
6 steroid injections in 5 months. Its been almost 1 yr since the 6th shot & EVERYTHING has gotten 100% WORSE. All this weird stuff started happening to me abd up untill 1 mo ago I didnt connect them all untill i founf out that 3 IS all you should get in 1 year. So back to my bff google all that weird stuff makes alot of since now.
Mood swings, anxiety, thinning of the skin which makes very easy brusing, ( i now get abuse size welts when I scratch a simple itch any where on my body.) also effects joints of injection site. I now have disabling pain in both of my knees I'm 26 and cant get down or off the toilet with out help or a handy cap bar. Which is now wearing away at my elbows & sholders. Just found out this morning that i now have a tunor in one of my knees. All because of too many too frequent Epidural Steroid Injections. Completly ruined my life. All because Dr.# 2 Lied. Im guessing so he could collect my insurance money for getting the shots
Im not saying dont try the shots because for some people it works miricals but you will know if your one of those people after the 2nd shot.
PLEASE NEVER GET MORE THEN 3 IN 1 YEAR.
Now@ 26 my only option is surgery for my back & now my knees.
& PLEASE ALWAYS REMEMBER:
The Doctor doesn't always know Best.
Trust yourself & what you feel.
If you don't know what a word or term means look it up or ask. If i had known Epidual was a generalized are where a shot is given. Then i could have asked what is in the epidural shot you want to give me. He wouldnt have known what to say.
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DON'T DO IT !!