first injection next week - does it hurt?

first injection next week - does it hurt?

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Wildrose55
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first injection next week - does it hurt?

Morning,

I have my first lumbar injection Tuesday of next week....I have three herniated discs based on my MRI results and one of them is sitting on one of my nerves causing me severe grief....walking is impossible for any period of time, standing is painful...lying down on my back is very uncomfortable...basically I'm broken...:o(

Horrific sciatic pain & numbness.

I had epidurals when I was having my kidlets but then you're already in pain and don't care what they do - just get it over with.

Is the injection painful??? I know they freeze the area first...well that can't be pleasant.

I'm just a big baby but know I have no choice in the matter....I'd like to walk around a grocery store again.

Any words of wisdom would be appreciated.

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I have had a number of ESI's in different spine areas

None of them hurt at all. Mine were done in a sterlie operating room like environment. I was giving an IV with some mild sedative to make it go easier. The doctor first injected a lidocaine type liquid to freeze and numb the area. Then with the assistance of a fluoroscope, he will insert the needle with the steroid directly into the disc area in trouble.
10 Minutes later, I was wheeled out to a recovery type room, to rest for about 15 minutes. After that, I was up and about.

Some times the effect of the injection may not happen for 48 to 72 hours. Good luck

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I have had only positive experiences with ESI's

Just had one yesterday, I didnt know I was getting. Clumbed up on the table (please make sure your doctor uses a foluroscope) feel a little bee sting of the lidocaine going in...wait a bit..a little pressure...bam Im done, walking out so relieved I got the shot and I might get some relief down the road. For me personally, I get an increase in pain aftr the lidocaine wears off...can last 24-48 hours..I have put it in my head that if he got right on that nerve its gonna be irritated while the steroid bathes it. Again, might just be how I have "thought" it works...but seems like when I get a good increase in pain....I get better results from the shot. For me personally, it is not a painful procedure. Good luck and try and relax...we can stress ourselves into just about anything! Let us know how it goes. Peace, Ellen

3 level fusion L3-S1 July 23, 2012

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had my injection today - went well

hi there.

just an update - had my injection today....wasn't as bad as I had expected....the only pain I felt was when he was injecting the dye and the meds.

was really light headed afterwards and looked like a drunken sailer walking out of the room.

Went right to Burger King for a diet coke and a burger then into bed when I got home.

I ache right now and am still really tired...going to go to bed early tonight I think.

I have no qualms going for a second injection if this one doesn't work.

Thanks everyone for your words of wisdom and support!

Joan

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first injection today - doing well

hi there.

just an update - had my injection today....wasn't as bad as I had expected....the only pain I felt was when he was injecting the dye and the meds.

was really light headed afterwards and looked like a drunken sailer walking out of the room.

Went right to Burger King for a diet coke and a burger then into bed when I got home.

I ache right now and am still really tired...going to go to bed early tonight I think.

I have no qualms going for a second injection if this one doesn't work.

Thanks everyone for your words of wisdom and support!

Joan

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My third injection was the worse pain I ever felt...

The first one was bad - buring pain local to the shot area (Also where I have the pain to begin with) the 2nd one 4 months after was just as bad so they tried a third a month after that. Pain went from my lower back to my foot and was the worse I've ever felt.
Having a fusion operation on November the 20th and can't wait for some relief.
Joe

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I had one last week as well.

I had one last week as well. It was more painful than the one I had a 11 months ago. The Dr. was making darn sure he had it in the right spot and injected me with dye 3 times before finally injecting me with the meds.Every time the dye went in I had severe sciatica down my leg and when the meds were injected I had severe burning of my groin area for about 3-5 min. I had relief for one day and now my back is back to where it was before.