I was diagnosed in February with absolute stenosis ( Foraminal Stenosis I believe ) in the L4-L5 with disk bulge. The issue is complicated as I have a deterioration in the right hip as well with the femoral head being ovoid shaped.
I had my first epidural late May and was effective for about a week to a week and a half before intense pain began to set in again.
On the 17th, I had a 2nd injection. Like the first, there was immediate relief. On Sunday evening I went for a 20 minute walk. As I tell my physiatrist , I won't know how effective it is until I push a bit. By the end of the walk ( I use a cane ), my back ached horribly and there were pins/needles all along my leg. I actually had to grab my pant leg and lift the leg into my car to drive home.
The following day, the sensations increased with tingling going up the thigh across the buttocks and an increase in back pain. Tuesday morning, I called my psysiatrist and his triage nurse ordered me to the ER. All they did was prescribe oxycodone and ibuprofren and send me home.
I used to be able to get relief from the stenosis by sitting. Now, pain sets in within 30 minutes and I have to move. The leg is somewhat rubbery and unreliable and tingles/ burns/aches.
Has anyone else had this happen after an epidural? I'm concerned that the bulging disk may have herniated as my symptoms have worsened and altered or something else has gone awry. My last MRI was 6 months ago.
My primary care physician wanted me to go to the ER in Columbus which is a 60 mile drive which would mean having a friend drive me.
Any input is apprciated.