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Epidural & Pain Management?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Chronic Pain
Okay, my Doctor (I use that term lightly) has me scheduled for a epidural later this month, while I was at his office the person who is going to do the epidural called and wants an MRI of my cervical spine as well. I already have one of my Thorasic area which shows two mild bulging discs. I have not heard a lot of success stories with this procedure.

I asked my Doctor what would be next if this doesn't work and he said probably a pain management doctor. Now my husband is all freaked out. He thinks once I start seeing a pain management doctor that I will be homebound for the rest of my life. I tried to explain to him that there are a lot of people on this board that go to pain management clinics and lead normal lives. He still doesn't believe me.

Am I correct that a lot of you that are seeing a pain management Doctor are going to work and leading somewhat normal lives?

I am hoping the epidural works but I will have to wait and see.


  • i have been seeing one for 10 years, i work full time, am not on disability or workman's comp. i lead a full life albeit sometimes i have pain with walking. i go to football games, shopping, vacations, oh and by the way i have had 4 back surgeries, 2 fusion, L4-5, and L3. a laminectomy on L3 and remove the hardware sugery, numerous injections, and have been on strong narcotics for 8 years. i do not sit at home an vegitate. so tell your husband that his fears are unfounded at least with me
    good luck with pain dr and husband

    jon :H :)))
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • I'm not sure where my husband got his information, he said off of the internet but I couldn't find anywhere where it said that I would be confined to our home. His other comment was there that I wouldn't be able to drive while on pain meds. I have a feeling he got it from my doctor. :?

    I don't know if they will give me an epidural in my cervical area. I'm not even sure why the person doing it wanted an MRI of that area. My doctor was sort of scratching his head on that one until I reminded him I was having difficulty with my right hand, its weak. I can't believe he didn't remember me telling him. But I'm still unsure why this other Doctor wanted the MRI of the cervical spine since he did not know that I was having trouble with my hand as well.

    I take it you both must be able to drive safely. I know when I was taking hydrocodone I didn't have any problems with driving and staying alert. I would say I am more dangerous driving now with the pain I am in. It is so distracting for me.

    Thanks again
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  • injections are no big deal. legally if you get in a wreck under narcotics you are liable. i don't think a policeman will chekck you out not unless you smelled of alcohol. i have driven for years and i never had a problem. i have more of a problem if i don't have sleep. tell hubby to chill out

    jon :D
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • I have not had my epidural yet but from what I have read it takes a few days for it to work and then there is the chance it will only last a short time or work at all. I think I have read there is a 50/50 chance of it working. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
  • Hiya suzie >:D<
    My personal experience of these injections are not that bad :O . Pain Management try alsorts to get you in a comfort zone with the pain so that you can deal with it on a daily basis, so that you can go out to work :) . I am in the UK and having PM, 8} and to be honest its the best thing i ever did :) . Good Luck! :?

    Angie x :H
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  • then PM who didn't want to do the epidural and sent me to acupuncture.

    None is helping much with my LBP & sciaica.

    I'm due to have epidural next week with some sort of Xray imaging done to show where to inject.
    How long after the injection am I supposed to feel better?

    I work full time job. That's the best med to keep me sane even if I moan & groan.
    Y.S IL
  • I plan to go 3 days later to "health farm" and see if they can help me improve my life quality.

    It involves about 3 hours drive, each direction.
    I hope I can make it.

    The truth is that I don't know what is worse.
    Risking an epidural or be on narcotics.
    Y.S IL
  • Yona, What's a health farm?

    I don't think there is much risk with an epidural but I'm with you on the pain meds, I would rather not but if that is my only option then I'll take it.
  • I am on pain management and live a somewhat normal life and able to work. There are many days were I cant work a full day and I need to go home to rest, but this is due to PAIN and not the meds. At this point when I rest I usually need a strong muscle relaxor and wait until it wears off before I drive.

    I am able to take strong anti inflamatories and extended release pain meds and feel I am fine to drive and work as long as I get my sleep. With this I am able to run a sucessful business.

    As far as the epidural steroid shot I have had two and they both worked. The first one for about a month and a half and the second dosent seem to be as effective but its only been about three weeks. I have talked to people that have had fantastic results with these shots, I am not one of them but they have helped and I will continue getting them until they fail to work.

    My last note is my wife is the opposite of you husband. She has dealt with me being in pain and under medicated for so long that if she sees me holding my breath or staring into space she will tell me to "take a pill" and most always I become more lucid and able to be a part of the family.

    Good luck with everything and glad to have you part of this group. Mitch
  • Where did he get his information? From another person like himself??? He is completely wrong. Pain management for me, has saved my life. Without it, I'd be drooling on a couch collecting disaility and slowly pulling out all my hairs due to PAIN!!! The meds I have, although not adequate yet, have allowed me to have some sort of 'normal' life. I can go to school (and stay the whole class sometimes!) I have an awesome GPA and am a member of the national honor society. Yes, and I work too! I've had epidurals, they didn't hurt but they didn't help much. Second one, I had no tingling in my legs for 3 days for the first time in 3 years. I prayed it would stay that way, followed directions very carefully, didn't over do it, but my tingling came back. I hope that you are one that it works forever for since everyone is different!!! I work for a great guy who understands my pain. He even lets me lay down if I have to. He knows I'm a hard worker and sees how much I push through my pain.

    So to answer your question, or your husband's 8> , I lead a full life, as best I can with my pain. I'm fully capable. I can drive and there is nothing that I would let get in my way of the pain management I deserve. Don't let him make you feel bad, just because he doesn't understand. Maybe it would help to have him google your condition, read other people's stories and see that it's not only you saying these things. When my last guy did this, the understanding painted his face like a beautiful sunset, hahahaha =)) !!! Make him read out loud to you. When he reads the exact things you are saying, he would have to be a BLEEP to still question you. Please do not let anyone and their ignorance get in the way of your pain management. It's your right to control your pain and it is also your right to not have to justify it to anyone. I'm here if you need me and I really do hope this helps...
    Much love and understanding,
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