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onelegger51oonelegger51 Posts: 2
edited 03/15/2015 - 8:44 PM in Chronic Pain
I am an amputee on the left side below the knee so I have over used my other leg to the point I was having awful pain. I have been going to a Pain Clinic for 10 years plus, and the doctors finally sent me for a MRI which revealed I have Spinal Stenosis and a pinched nerve at L5-S1. I have been taking pain medications for years, but I don't get any relief. They have scheduled me to have a Nerve Block this coming Friday.

I am totally scared. I live alone with my Shi Tzu, and I am afraid after I have this done, I won't be able to take care of her. He told me also that afterwards my leg may feel "funny" for a few days. What does that mean? Has anyone gone through this, and does it hurt very bad. I am at the verge of calling it off, but I need for this pain to be eased. How bad is this going to be. How long will it last. Will it be really painful?

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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,910
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  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 03/16/2015 - 4:37 PM
    I know that these procedures can be really frightening...or so I've heard! 9 years ago when this all started for me I was the most apathetic spine patient ever. I've got 101 reasons/excuses for this but basically I just followed orders! I didn't even properly read the bits of paper they gave me before procedures! I NEVER reached anything on the computer. I wasn't even sure what they were doing to me. To be honest it's not until I got my medical records a few years ago that I could tell you what they had done to me. Ignorance can be bliss.
    I went to a clinic that completely knocked me out for every procedure. I really thought it was no big deal. My pain flared a bit for maybe. Week after but I took care of a baby & toddler. It was bloody hard but not much harder than it was before.

    I've since learnt that some can cause more pain than others but I've never been incapable of hobbling around in pain to take care of my cats (or kids!) not very well but I've been capable of functioning.

    I ice straight after any procedure. I take those kids lunch box ice blocks that stay cold for a really long time with me & ice all the way home & for days after. It really helps me avoid a lot of the pain flare.

    Best of luck! I hope you get great results....don't be impatient & think it hasn't worked because it can hurt more before it hurts less in my experience.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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