I saw my PM this week. He got the letter I sent asking him to reconsider his policy of not giving breakthrough pain medications. He thanked me for feeling comfortable enough to approach him with my concern. Long story short, he will not change his policy.
I'm limited to maintenance medication only now. To try and calm my back down, I've done two rounds of cortisone. I am scheduled to get facet join injections L1 - S1, both sides. Roughly ten shots at one time. He does not pre-medicate anyone for injections so I just lay there and take it. I've had two levels at one time and it was ok. But, I've never done 5 levels at one time.
If anyone else has, please respond and let me know how much discomfort to expect. I have a lot going on at work right now and I need to go back after I get the shots (if I can move!).
Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2