Need advice from anyone who has had a side effect from spinal blocks:
I had my third set of injections this past Monday (8/24). Midday Tuesday had unbelievable pain in back of skull, neck and at base of skull, extending out to ears. Does not fit mold of spinal headache per discussion with awesome nurse of dr who performed the transformenal and caudal injections. This is the third set of shots I have had in the month of August. The first one worked for a week with great relief to pain in back and legs. The second one a week and half later gave relief for 48 hours. Both were transformenal bilateral with no major side effect, (second one I did have a baby headache).
Never in my life felt the pain of the headache I have had on and off since yesterday. I'm meeting it with ice on back and neck, laying, high amounts of caffeine and just started ibuprofen today, two every four hours. The start of ibuprofen has taken pain from 7 to 2 as long as I stay still and ice and drink coffee. Cancelled physical therapist appt because in too much pain and he on phone concurred with nurse that it is not spinal headache, since it doesn't immediately dissolve when laying flat. Thinks muscle spasms.
When I'm at 7 I can barely keep eyes open and I feel heavy. But I'm at 2 more than 7. Seven was yesterday when I didn't know what the heck. 7 today after waking feeling awesome and then immediately plummeting when showering to 7.
So my question is, anyone else? How long did it last? How did you cope - am I missing anything? Nurse said to expect this to continue another 24 hours and dissolve. Hoping she is right. Meanwhile, shot didn't work and legs and back starting to hurt back to 5/6. Numbness and creepy crawly legs returning, grrrr.
Happy news is this is it of epidurals for me this time, ct scan set for Monday, neuron appt the next week to take all my data and determine how we do the next fusion.