Athletic 37 year old that's been suffering with back pain since '07, specifically a L5 S1 bulge that turned into a herniation and has been making things difficult on me over the past 3-4 months. New MRI shows the herniation with right side nerve root issues. The pain is always on my right side, specifically lower back, above butt and works its way around my hip area and upper thigh. The pain was getting so bad I spoke with my doctor and decided to go with the ESI to try to treat it.
11 days ago I received my first ESI and opted out of the anesthesia which wasn't too bad.... until the steroids/medicine was administered to one of the 2 injection sites which was unlike any feeling I've ever had. I felt the pressure building up from back to thigh down through my knee into my lower leg and foot. The doctor saw me in pain and was hopeful that this was a good thing and that we were in the right area.
Day 1 I was feeling great, I went home and felt no pain whatsoever. Day 2 and 3 were a bit of soreness..... Day 4+ turned into worse pain than I've ever felt pre-injection and now my pain was more intense and down my entire leg. I am no longer locking up in my back which is odd but my hip/quad/knee are now in much more pain than before.
I understand it takes time and sometimes gets worse before better, but I'm very concerned that I may have made things worse. I went back to the doctor who is one of the better spine specialists in my area and he thinks I should move forward with the 2nd shot since I found a day or two of relief. I'm very hesitant to do this without thinking it through and knowing the risks. In the meantime, I'm on a 5 day pack of Prednisone to get me through which even that isn't helping much.
Since these injections wear off, is it wishful thinking that this new intense pain will as well? Anyone else go through something like this? I'm concerned.