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l5 cortisone injection through ct scan

jimmygirrljjimmygirrl Posts: 1
edited 09/21/2013 - 10:18 AM in Spinal Injections
Please help, advice, anything!!!???.....
I have just had the worst Hospital experience in my life!!
What I thought to be a few simple needles of cortisone into my back, turned out being a 45 minute procedure where epidural needles are used ( 5 inch [EDIT]) your back is drawn on like a map, CT scans are the taken to find the right spot, then the needles begin. A wee bit of anaesthetic was used for the surface.
The first couple of inches were bearable. They stopped, went into the CT room to check the screen that were getting in the right place. Needles go in deeper, then again, back to the room to check there placement. This went on for 45 mins, with NO further anesthetic!! It cant be administered until the needles are in the joints.
The pain is insane!!!! I can feel the needles, every MM that they go in, feeling them so close to my back bone, hitting every [EDIT] nerve!!
Then all of a sudden my body has gone into complete shock! Im telling them I going to be sick, I get told shallow breathing will help and Im not to move at all due to the big [EDIT] needles stuck out of my back! I start shaking uncontrollably and sweeting. Again I tell them im going to be sick, but a bowl cant be given because I have to stay still, not even able to lift my head as it might move my spin.
Then all hell brakes loose, Cant hold back anymore. The pain is Sooooooo intense that I spew over the table, Face down!, Im crying me wee eyes out asking them to take them out. I get told they are just about there and to hang on, no way, I cant anymore. Pleading, take them out. I was sooo guttered. to come so close..... I went through all of that for nothing as nothing was administered. I had to stay for a while for my body to collect its self again before setting off. Its now the next morning, and the bruising is so painful. We have rebooked for another try, not sure bout that one......

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    edited 09/21/2013 - 10:14 AM
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