It's been a while since my last posting, but with me heading for Bilateral ESI's tomorrow, figured I'd take a moment to pose a couple questions:
1) How many of you had ESI's that were done transforaminally?
2) Did any of you experience CSF leaks?
The reason I ask is that:
1) My last set of ESI's, done prior to my surgery last July, were essentially "blind sticks" done interlaminar. The guy was more of an OB type anesthesiologist, though he doubled as a PM provide (gotta love the military). Gave me 2 injections, neither of which did anything (but no harm either).
2) Back when I was 20 (about 16 years ago), I had my first ever ESI following the bulging of L4-L5. I was new to the whole "back game", and didn't know what to expect. When the guy performed the procedure, he managed to term the dura, and there was a CSF leak. No big deal, but he didn't do the blood patch at the time, consigning me to 2 weeks of MISERY (ie dizziness & nauseu) every time I stood up. He eventually did do the blood patch, but none-to-soon.
I'm hoping this this will give me a bit of relief, as I'm not becoming bi-laterally symptomatic about a year after my left side discectomy at L5-S1. Latest MRI doesn't show much on the left, though I'm still positive for residual pain. It's the right side that's concerning, as there is a new "protrusion" along the central/right side of the same disc. Just met with the NS the other day, and he's concerned that pain is bilateral. He recommeded I follow up with all the conservative treatment modalities (I'm doing PT, acupuncture and Chiro...the latter, a big mistake)), but had the impression that I'd be "seeing him again at some point". Mainly hoping this will buy me some time, so that I can get through the "acute" period and (hopefully) avoid further surgery.
Just figured I'd touch base with "the gang"