21 yr old female multiple chronic pars defects in L5/S1. On 10-22 I received four pars facet injections that were quite painful.
10-23: extreme itching all over, headache, nausea, soreness, fatigue-doctor was contacted about the itching and dismissed this as a slight reaction.
10-24: increased back pain radiAting into the hips. A deep stabbing constant pain with no relief provided from changing positions. Tylenol and ibuprofen were ineffective. Nausea, headache, bloating
10-25: extreme stiffness of the spine, very acute constant pain, unable to sleep or function due to the increased amount of pain. Injection sites are raised and very tender. Nausea but no headache. Unexplained sweating. Shaking but likely due to the amount of pain. This pain is by far much worse than what I was feeling prior to the injections. I am totally infunctionable and constantly nauseous. ice heat and over the counter pain medicine has proved ineffective.
My injections consisted of Lidocane and steroid, which I have never reacted to before.
I need to know if this is normal and what I can do to ease the pain, I am unable to do anything at this level of pain. I do well to take a shower and lie back down before I am in tears again. I have called the ER and they seemed to think there was nothing to worry about. I saw a local PA today and she insisted I go to the orthopedic hospitals ER 2 hours away, but there is no way I could drive that far from the pain. Suggestions or any help anyone can offer is appreciated I am desperate.
You can try ice to ease the pain, and apply it 15 minutes on then off for at least a half hour.......and tylenol or advil may help with the pain.....Increased pain levels are expected post injection, for a few days to a week normally after injections, until the steroids kick in...that being said, if the pain is substantial enough and you are exhibiting other signs of increased symptoms, your best option is to see your doctor or go to the ER for evaluation.
ALWAYS consult your medical provider for increased symptoms and treatment .