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Post op for injections?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Spinal Injections
Today I had a Cervical ESI and Facet injections.

They went over post op stuff before procedure but didn't give me any info to take home.

So basically I forgot what the hell they told me.
All I remember is not to take a shower for 24 hrs and a bath for 72.

There was something about hot or cold pack. Can't remember.
Of course they are closed when I got home and took a 4 hour nap.
Which brings me to my other question. I could not ask anybody because I was so drugged up.

But when I was in recovery I woke up fine until the pain kicked in.
They gave me a shot of demerol and phenergan. Within seconds the pain was gone and my hand where the IV was broke out and swole up bad.
So she gave me a shot of Benadryll.

I felt like a zombie. What happend?
That's 3 drugs at once in an IV that all slow you CNS. Did someone mess up?


  • But, ice for 24 hrs (not heat).

    Rest for the rest of the day, no driving, no going up and down stairs too often - that sort of thing (I usually spend most of my day in bed).

    Now, I have only had lumbar ESI and facet injections, so I don't know if things are different for cervical injections. But I was told I could re-start my meds later that evening, or at least the next day. I could also drive and go back to work the next day. Also, I was not given any medications (except local at the injection sites) when I had my procedures done.

    I'm not sure what to tell you about the other stuff. It does sound like you had an allergic reaction to something they gave you. That is not necessarily a mistake on their part, if they did not know you had an allergy (and allergies can start at any time - even if you have had it before with no reaction).
  • Thanks for your reply.

    I got a hold of them today. You were right, ice no heat.

    I knew they said something about that. But I was so drugged up when I left I could barely function.

    I'm talking to a friend of mine about the other drugs. I was just concerned because Demerol is the pain killer and phenergan is an anti histame, yet they gave me benadryll to counteract the allergy.

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  • After talking to a friend of mine's wife, it sounds like the IV broke through my vein. Called IV infaltration. The drugs actually went into the surrounding tissue.
  • After talking to a friend of mine's wife, it sounds like the IV broke through my vein. Called IV infaltration. The drugs actually went into the surrounding tissue.
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