I've been lurking on these message boards for awhile, but never got around to posting anything on them.
I'm almost 21 years old and have horrible back problems. No accident, just congential I guess. Last year I had one epidural injection that didn't help at all, but it could be because I never went back for the remaining three. The outpatient pain clinic I went to charged my insurance as outpatient surgery and I was left with a $750 bill that I couldn't afford. Needless to say, I skipped the last 2 injections.
I had a laminectomy and diskectomy on L5-S1 June of 2007. I was doing okay for a few months, then pain returned again.
My doctor is over an hour away and the drive is sometimes too much for me. A few weeks ago I made an appointment with another doctor closer to my home and right off the bat he wanted to do an injection. I figured I would try it again.
So, last Friday (8/25) I went to the office and before I even had a chance to ask any questions, the doctor sent me to get prepped for the injection. (At the last one I had last year, I was given a muscle relaxer and they used a local anesthetic to numb my back.) This time, the radiology tech cleaned my back, turned on the fluoroscope, and the doctor came in and administered 3 huge needles into my back. I felt each one go in and out and it f'ing hurt. I was then released right away without any monitoring after the injection.
I've been in tons of pain since the injection, but I believe that is to be expected? At least for a few days.
Anyway, My question is, has anyone else gotten an epidural without a local? I wasn't too concerned about not receiving a muscle relaxer, but I was really uncomfortable feeling huge needles being injected into my back.
Sorry for the long post.