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L5 root block help

poodlesppoodles Posts: 1

I've had back pain and leg pain for over a year due to l4/L5 disc bulge with the one below it not looking too good.

Yesterday I finally had a bilateral L5 root block in hospital but I have never felt pain like it in my life. The local anaesthetic was no problem but as soon as the root block needles were interested, I was screaming the theatre down and couldn't stop crying. The pain was shooting down my legs like nothing I could imagine before.

The surgeon didn't say if it was a good or a bad sign so I was wondering does anyone know? There is no way I could ever get another one of these done and put myself through that again. I wish I'd taken the surgery option! I'm only 23 and really hope it's not an outline for the rest of my life but as my dad had the same problem at a few years older than me they recon it's genetic.

Thank you

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  • Betty65BBetty65 FloridaPosts: 83
    I had one done two days ago and it was very unpleasant, but since I've given birth a few times I have to say it was not as bad as that and MUCH quicker. The pain down my leg was horrible, but it only lasted about ten seconds....seemed like longer. I was sweating like crazy.

    Sorry you had to go through that! I hope you get some relief soon.
  • I was always sedated for blocks & RFAs etc. I was even sedated for ESIs at the clinic that did those procedures! I now know its completely unnecessary for epidural steroid injections & SI joint shots. I don't know if there's some reason why other facilities don't offer sedation for the more painful procedures??
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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