As the title says I had facet joint and a lumbar esi at l4l5 10 days ago.
Immediately afterwards my back just hurt more than ever but the next morning my leg pain had gone and the back was back to a bad day level. By the Thursday (injections were on the monday) my back was feelimg better than ever and the leg pain was staying gone.
This week I have been having a bit more leg pain, just at night really, but not as bad as before. But still enough to bother me.
However, today I have had a return of some back pain. Just like the start, or pre the start, of a flare. Certainly not consatant or as bad as a flare but definitely there. And I have had more leg pain in that side today too. The weather has suddenly changed today and I don't know if that has anything to do with it? We have had a mini "heatwave" here in the UK since the procedure and today it has turned wetter and colder.
I know my surgeon thinks it takes two to three weeks to know how successful the injections are so I guess I may be worrying over nothing but I feel a bit like this is the last chance saloon.
I wonder if I am worrying over nothing or if they are wearing off already? I have been being careful - only walking and swimming. Nothing stupid!
I am just worried that this might be as good as it gets - a week of feeling almost normal and then back to the pain.
I am supposed to go back to work after the half term holiday so in 11 days. I haven't worked since my infected hardware was taken out back in August. I'm worried now that maybe I won't be able to. I feel under quite a lot of pressure to go back as, obviously, being off for best part of a year isn't the best!
I was hoping these injections would give me enough of a window to work my core and improve my overall fitness so that hopefully future flares might be more manageable and I could resume working etc.
Am I worrying too soon?
Sorry to moan on. I hope someone has some experiences they can share.
Thanks for reading