I've had lower back issues for sometime now, and I've been told it's my L4 and L5 discs that are degenerating.
I can barely walk sometimes then maybe for a few minutes, and then I usually have to sit down.
Although walking for me-- is easier than standing.
I've had several steroid shots, and the pain eased about 15% for maybe 2 months, and that's a big risk with no pay off there.
Finally I opted for an Epidural as I had read so many positive things about the success of them.
I found a highly regarded pain doctor, + anesthesiologist from my hospital and made arrangements to have the injection about 6 weeks ago.
Here's the kicker. They put you to sleep with Propofol and you'd assume (if it might be painful), they'd put a pain killer in the drip with the Propofol, right? Nope. Nothing.
Right in the middle of my injection--- I woke up screaming like hell.''
3 nurses had to hold me down on the bed because I was trying to get up.
An electric type of cattle prod feeling--was SHOOTING up my spine! Ever get a small jolt of electricity from touching something that buzzes you? Well this was epic electric pain. I told him later how painful it felt, and he acted like he didn't know me. I was dumbfounded
On the follow up visit, I asked him why they didn't give me Demerol like they used to for out patient surgeries, but he just said all they give is the Propofol. I asked him why it hurt so terribly, and he shrugged his shoulders.
He told me his shot didn't hurt on his back. I wasn't referring to HIS back, -------he was Fine!!
I had no frame of reference as to having pain DURING the shot, but how come he DOCTOR didn't TELL me what happened????? What did he do to me that caused that kind of pain??
And why didn't it help ANY of the pain it was supposed to? I'm in the same pain as before. Only madder.
I want to know WHAT happened with that injection that it hurt SO bad, ----did he made a mistake and hit a nerve?
Can ANY one help and let me know if they've ever heard of this?? HELP.
How do I find out?? WHY ISN'T ANYONE TALKING?***************************************************
Injections for Back Pain Relief
Liz. Spine-health moderator