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Horrible reactions to -or during an Epidural injection

herhher Posts: 1
edited 10/18/2015 - 10:38 PM in Lower Back Pain
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?

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    edited 10/19/2015 - 8:21 AM
    I have never heard of any doctor putting a patient to sleep for an Epidural Spinal Injections. Most professional and qualified doctors do not even opt for a mild sedative. Some may administer some conscious sedation, but you are always awake
    The standard ESI also does not put in any pain killer in the injection. Most of time, some lidocaine is injected to numb the area before the steroid is injected. When done under fluoroscope or other x-ray type device, the patient should not feel any pain. No more than perhaps a bee sting.

    I have no idea or concept of what kind of doctor and procedure you went through. It all sound so very very wrong.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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  • I received my fourth epidural today. And I thought the first one was pretty painful, it had nothing on today. I felt the normal bee sting like injection from the lidocaine but then I felt an intense pressure as the catheter was inserted. After 10 minutes it felt like somebody sent an electrical shot straight down my leg on the side of the injection. My entire body jumped. I instantly teared up and said something to the dr. I'm not sure what he did but the pain eased but once again I continued to feel pain that had tears in my eyes. Nothing like the electrical shock that was a 50 on a scale of 1-10, but this pain was most certainly above a 10. Now, 12 hours later I'm still in pain. While the 1st injection helped very minimally the 2nd and 3rd were amazing even if they wore off relatively fast 1-2 weeks second time. Possibly 3 weeks 3rd time. If any of my experiences had been like today I never would've done it again. The dr never said anything about the increase in pain. I've never been put to sleep during injection.
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