Has anyone experienced WORSE pain right after a nerve block shot?

Has anyone experienced WORSE pain right after a nerve block shot?

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Has anyone experienced WORSE pain right after a nerve block shot?

HI All! I just had one set of 3 of nerve block shots in my lower back, around L3-L4 area. The doctor who did it didn't wait for my local to kick in, so I felt all 4 needles going in! The one he did on my right side (where I have been experiencing leg pain as well) hurt like HELL! They were having to hold me down and I was screaming! He kept moving the needle around inside of me to get it where it needed to be. Then when he did the one of the left side, it hurt as bad, but the pain has gone away. The pain on the right side is WORSE now then it was when I went in to see him originally!!!!!!! Has anyone else experienced this? I have had SEVERAL tests and needles previously in my back (Discogram, PLIF L4-S1, 2 Epidural-like pain shots, and a Mylegram) and NONE of these has touched the pain he put me through today. I am scheduled to go back for another shot in 2 weeks, and right now I am SO not feeling it! It was one of the worse experiences I think I have ever had, after they did the shot I was released and heading home within 5 minutes!!! I am not exaggerating!! It was kinda like wham bam thank ya ma'am! There was a line of people going in to get these shots in various places in their back, so they were just getting you out! I was not impressed! But mainly because now it has been 8 hours since the shots and I still hurt like HELL! I am still on Oxycontin 10mgs, Robaxin 750mgs, Naproxen 500mgs, Soma 350mgs, and a Lidoderm patch! I am not getting any kind of relief, any help????? Sorry to go on and on about this! I am actually hoping for surgery, so they will AT LEAST be fixing the problem instead of making it worse! Hope this finds all well and as pain free as possible!! Smile

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Worse pain

I have always had worse pain after the shots also that lasted a few days and felt my back oh so heavy and weak. I found using ice on the injection sites for about 20 minutes a time a few times a day helpful to stop any bruising. Do you have anything for break through pain?

I think it's awful they held you down to give the injections! And also not to wait for the numbness fist and send you right home in 5 minutes? They should keep you there at least 30 minutes or an hour. I refuse to go for any more injections without twilight sedation and a fluoroscope x-ray as I used to go to a clinic where they stick me blind and I'm done with that. I do hope you get some relief soon. Charry

DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN

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Well, here is day 2... not much, if any better.

To answer your question, no, I have NOTHING for break thru pain. I have been going to urgent care for a Demerol shot as per my regular doctor, daily, prior to the nerve block shot. I am SERIOUSLY thinking about trying to go back for another one if I can today. I made the mistake of going grocery shopping with my husband yesterday to get out of the house for a bit... BIG MISTAKE!!!!!!! I am using a cane, so pushing the cart helped... but by the time we got done and I got in the truck while he was loading it up, I WAS IN TEARS!!! I was in SO MUCH PAIN! I didn't know what to do, I knew I couldn't handle this extreme pain, it was worse to me then the pain I had leading up to my first surgery in 2009! We went home and he got me in the house and he took care of everything else. I did put an ice pack on my back then and it did help, but as soon as I took it off (after the 20 minutes) the pain came right back. I ended up going to bed. For awhile yesterday, I couldn't even lift up my right leg to walk, it just kinda drug on the floor as I walked. I am WAY to young for all this crap, at least I keep telling myself this! I am 34. Thanks for the idea of twilight sedation... what exactly is that? What should I ask for? Do they have to accommodate that? They seemed to be in to big of a hurry to do ANYTHING that could or would have helped me. Sorry, still kinda bitter... IT FREAKING HURTS!

2 more bulging discs; spinal stenosis; osteoarthritis; reverse lordosis at L3; degenerative disc disease; inflammatory joint disease; nerve root cysts at T1-T3; 2 level PLIF 4/9/09 and 3 level PLIF 9/6/12 with hardware both times

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I would look for a hospital pain management center. I think a lot of pain centers are just trying to save money doing no sedation and no x-rays at the point of injections.Twilight sedation is given IV by the Nurse or Anesthetist and kind of just lightly numbs you or sedates you lightly while you get the back injections. The pain Center doesn't have to accommodate and give sedation.

There are some people who can take injections as it's only a few minutes of pain but sounds like you may need a better place. Like I said I'm done with doing anything out of desperation and have to wait longer but would rather get sedation getting these injections for myself anyway. I hope you keep icing and go get the pain shot why not? I'm surprised they still give Demerol through in the ER. Usually they give morphine shots now for pain. Anyways one day at a time and hope you feel better soon. It's awful you're so young having so much pain and hope you overcome. Take care. Charry

DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN

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Yes 2 times

After 2 sets epidermal cortisone injections. In both cases I ended up in the hospital. I was foolish and stupid as I let the PM doc talk me into another set. I was admitted the second time for 48 hours while they gave me daluidid. The reason for the pain? the cortisone had no where to go so it put more pressure on the nerves.

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Thanks for the replies, I

Thanks for the replies, I ended up going to urgent care today and was given another Demerol shot and on the dismissal papers it actually says JUST TOUGHEN UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you FREAKING kidding me??!?!?!?!?!?!??! My aunt is IRATE and is going to call the hospital on Monday and demand an apology from the doctor! Hell, like a lot of you guys, I do the best I can to WALK!!! I am trying my best to get through one day at a time, but trust me, right now that is hard enough at times. Thank God I have an awesome husband that takes care of me. He has actually grounded me to the bed!!!! Smile I go back to my regular doctor Monday, I hope I don't end up back at urgent care again tomorrow, but if I do, then I do, right? Hope this finds all not hurting. And thanks again for the information. I will definitely talk to my pain doctor, IF I go back about sedation. I am also calling my surgeon on Monday and see if we can just move on to surgery, as I think the Pain Doctor nicked a nerve when he was doing the shot. I can not lift my right let up high enough to get into the bathtub for a shower now!!

2 more bulging discs; spinal stenosis; osteoarthritis; reverse lordosis at L3; degenerative disc disease; inflammatory joint disease; nerve root cysts at T1-T3; 2 level PLIF 4/9/09 and 3 level PLIF 9/6/12 with hardware both times

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still in pain

hey i did rhizotomy on the 3 July 2013. eversince then i am havind terrible pains, cant stand, walk or sit more than 5 minutes. am just grounded to bed. My doc suggested L4-5, L5/SI ANTERIOR DISC REPLACEMENT. I feel not ready due to pain am enduring right now. I was told that after op, it would take me 6 weeks on bed. the whole situation scares me because am alredy in pains and dont see myself enduring another pain again. dont know whether to go for an op or not

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pain after injection = success

I've been having various injections and blocks for the better part of 15 years. It's been my experience that the more pain I feel for about 5 days after the shots, the more likely my doc hit the right spots and I get some relief. Also, the more the pain hurts during the injection (regardless of freezing agent) also the more likely they hit the mark. I can usually guide my pain doc with needle placement when we're not using flouro by what I'm feeling. I can tell by the amount of pain if the shots will be a success. So, don't despair in this VERY RARE instance the more pain the better

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I agree Marni

My epidural injection yesterday was 10 times more painful than last one in May before my discectomy. But like Marni said the one yesterday was so painful I almost felt I would pass out but back and leg pain are already feeling better today. I could feel the medication going in and down the nerve and was exptremely uncomfortable but much better today. When I had one 2 weeks before surgery it was painful when needle went in but felt no pain in leg or back and I knew that he had not found the "golden spot" and sure enough no relief:( So here is hoping he found where medicine needed to go and you will get relief. In meantime just continue to apply ice and dont know if you have pain medications but they help out for first few days. Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.

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I hope the nerve block shots work for you guys

I just had my second spinal fusion last Thursday and was released from the hospital yesterday. I actually PASSED out this afternoon after I got out of the shower! I was surprised that I was allowed to shower so soon since I still have the staples in my back, but I ended up paying the price. Luckily my husband was there to catch me so I didn't hit the ground. It was VERY scary though and have been in bed since... as per the surgeon's office. and I am now not allowed to shower for 2 weeks! UGH! Please let me know how everyone is doing with their shots, etc.

2 more bulging discs; spinal stenosis; osteoarthritis; reverse lordosis at L3; degenerative disc disease; inflammatory joint disease; nerve root cysts at T1-T3; 2 level PLIF 4/9/09 and 3 level PLIF 9/6/12 with hardware both times

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I read these forums to see

I read these forums to see how my experience compares to others,and from what I read,
it sometimes makes me sick. In the past year I have had two disc completely explode,and have had two surgeries. All I get from pain management is Norco 7.5.....I read that some of you get oxycontin,soma,ECT. And you all wanna complain about it. Be thankful you are getting what you are getting. I can't change docs due to workers comp only allows changing doc's once. I would happily trade places with you. I also had a nerve block recently done,and I am now worse than I was beforehand.....So please quit complaining about only getting oxycontin.....

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