I had one cortisone injection May 20, 2008 in L5, about 2 months ago. MY doctor sais "I promise this will not increase your pain".
I am in a world of hurt. I had very mild symptoms befroe the injection and now I have burning in both legs and quite a bit of pain in my right leg where there was just a bit of numbness before. My muscles are also cramping up.
My doctor initially said it was because the cortisone was taking up space in the spinal canal and pressing on the nerve. Well the cortisone is gone and I'm having more pain than I ever experienced in my life.
I'm seeing a Pain Doctor and a neurologist. Today I'm getting a bone scan.
The doctor that did the injection has no answer for me. An MRI show that the herniation went down 1mm.
My question is: Once the nerve is irritated, how long until it settles down?
I show no signs of loss of strength or even flexibility. My physical therapist cannot "recreate" the pain. She thinks it's emotional, as does the doctor that did the injection.
This pain has changed my life and not for the better.
Has this happened to anyone else.
I went from a very slight discomfort to a pain level of 7-8.