I have had two spinal injections- one where I was totally under and another with the minimal amount of sedation possible. I was in excruciating pain for a week after the first ESI and my pain management doctor told me that the more sedation you receive, the more pain you are in after the injection. For my second injection, I had hardly any sedation and I could feel the pain throughout the whole procedure. It was horrible and I was crying on the table. Has anyone else heard anything about the level of sedation and its correlation to pain after the procedure? I want to avoid the horrible pain I was in for a week after the first ESI so if bearing through the pain during the injection is beneficial then I will be glad I suffered through it instead of being totally sedated.