I have been diag with DDD at L4/5 and L5/S1. Bone spur and compression of nerve canal at l4/5. Discs at l3/4 and l5/s1 are bulging. After the MRI, my primary sent me to a neurologist. He ordered PT 3X/ week for 4 weeks. On my second trip, I ended up having numbness in my toes and even more extreme leg pain. I was also sent to pain management for cortisone injections.
I had the first one on Monday. OMG! That hurt more than giving birth! (I've had two babies and that was a picnic) I couldn't stop crying; I screamed out in pain and even had an involuntary reflex where my hand slapped the table. This was the worst pain of my life!!!!! The dr apologized for hurting me so much. They said I might have increased pain for 24-48 hours since the injections were in the nerves at L4/5 on both sides. I'm beyond 48 hours now and am still popping vicodin like crazy and using ice. I can't sit for long or do much of anything. Vicodin makes me feel so impaired that I cannot function.
I'm suppose to do injection round #2 on Wednesday. I don't know if I can do it again. I feel so much worse. My poor family.......I can't take care of my kids, house, or be of any help to my husband. Plus I'm a college student. Is this type of reaction to cortisone normal?????
My neurologist said I'm too young for the surgery he would want to do. (Remove both degen discs and replace with artificial ones) I'm 40. I know I'm not old but am I serioulsy too young for this surgery if these injections don't work?????? According to the PM dr, if the cortisone doesn't help then surgery is all that's left. Especially since I am sensitive to most meds and PT made things worse.
Help? Advice? Anything? I hurt soooo much right now. TIA