I have my first ESI scheduled for tomorrow morning. I wasn't scared until last week when my doctor gave me an injection in the hip for "bursitis" that made my pain far worse than it already was. The injection itself was painless, but about 5 minutes afterward my leg pain went from an 8 to a 15, not exaggerating. My doctor said that it was impossible for that to happen, as the injection contained marcaine. Prior to letting him try the injection, my belief was that the worst thing that could happen was that it would numb some of my pain or just not work, so even though I don't agree with the bursitis diagnosis, I was willing to try it. My spine is not my leg. However, he is the only surgeon that I can see before October, and refuses to do surgery unless I have the ESI. Seeing as I am no longer able to do even minimal activities, and am constantly in pain, I don't see much choice. I am hoping for the best, but I am scared.
I have a terrible fear of vomiting. I know this may sound silly to some, but I would literally rather die than throw up. The only things that ever caused me to was after my appendix ruptured and when I had a complete small bowel obstruction from my Crohns. Yes, I was mad about the stupid Crohns finally getting me with that and breaking my 18 year streak. I almost did while receiving my last epidural during labor, but got IV zofran in time. Since the pain has been bad enough for me to ask my husband for a bucket more than once in the last week, which is something I don't do, I know that either way is risky as far as that goes, and I can't just wait until another surgeon can see me. I need my life back.
Yes, I'm terrified of the possible increase in pain, especially after the hip one increased pain immediately, but I am also worried about the possibility of throwing up. Is it unreasonable of me to ask the doctor for an antiemetic prior to the procedure and maybe a written rx for zofran to take home just in case? Since this doctor doesn't seem to understand that I am in pain and just want the underlying problem fixed, I'm afraid they won't give a crap about my very real phobia. Anyone's experience with the procedure causing or not causing nausea/vomiting and increased pain would be appreciated. Thank you.