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Going to try Epidural Injections

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Chronic Pain
Hello Everyone!
Well, I have been on Neurontin for about 10 days and I haven't noticed a difference yet, but I'm still hopeful that it will help soon. The new pain dosage has made life so much easier, but in the morning, as soon as I wake up, it is clear that the pain is pretty much at the same level as before I started the Neurontin. So, hopefully my doc will keep me on this dose for a while. I am sure it is not intended for long-term, but at least until this situation gets under control would be nice. I am scheduled for an epidural injection on November 10 so I am hoping that something will make this go away!! Keep your fingers crossed because I don't feel safe trying to have a baby until this leg pain is under control.
Thanks so much for listening! Sometimes I don't even post, but I read through these threads and it makes me feel better...


  • just stopping by allie to say i hope the injection works for you hun!!!
    morning are "YUK" for alot of ppl with spinal issues.
    i usually do not even look forward to rolling over and starting all over till meds r in me and they start their job.

    i probably missed it somewhere but where is the leg pain coming from????

    hang in there
    terri O:) O:)
  • Hi! I don't know where the pain originates from yet. The MRI showed the lumbar area and that looked fine, but they didn't do the sacral area like I guess they were supposed to. I just know that the pain is radiating down through the backside and more painful on the right side, which is the leg that hurt so badly before surgery. Hey, in order to get the injections, do they need to know exactly what is causing the pain, or do they do a general area? I was thinking, I wonder if they will need me to repeat the MRI of the sacral before the injection. I have had an injection before, but I can't remember details. That was before surgery and it did not work before, but I'm hoping it will this time!! How are you doing? Did I read that your doc is discontinuing your pain meds completely? You just had surgery a few weeks ago, right?
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  • I am going in for my first ESI on this coming Monday. I am scared to death. I have heard that it doesn't always work and if it does it doesn't always last very long.

    Ali, if I read your post right, you have had them before, what was your experience with the epidural. Did it help right away or did it take some time. Also what kind of doctor did it?

    Don't mean to be following you aroung.
  • Keep us posted.
  • Hey Suziee,
    Sorry it took me a while to answer, the site was under construction, so I checked out for a day or so! I have had one injection before, it was done to try to avoid the fusion. I can't remember if it worked at all, but if it did, it wasn't for long...Are you being sedated? I was, and I went to sleep and woke up shortly after. It did hurt a bit after though. The doctor that did it was with an orthopedic group but he was actually an anesthesiologist. I am going to him again this time. I am really hoping it works out, because I cannot have surgery again so soon. I keep thinking that it can have different results each time and for each individual. I hope it works for you and try not to be scared. Let me know if you will be sedated or not. I will feel better knowing if I helped at all with your anxiety!
    :) Allison
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  • I was wondering what was going on the other day. I would write a post and then it wouldn't be there. Thought for a minute I had been banned. #:S

    I go in for mine on Monday and I don't think I will be sedated.. Dang, I'm scared to death. My PCP probably told them not to. Who by the way I fired and I see a new Doctor on Monday as well.

    I suppose you would have remembered if your last one worked. I am trying to keep a postive attitude that it will help.

  • I thought I'd been banned too!!! =)) That's too funny. Yeah I guess I would have remembered if it had worked... I would ask if you can be sedated when you go in, but I don't know if they have to know that ahead of time or what. Also, some docs don't do sedation. When they called me to schedule the appt. they gave me a choice of two docs, mine and another. Then she said the other didn't do sedation, so it was just as well that I asked for mine from the last time... Well, don't worry to much, just keep your eye on the prize, which will be pain relief. These work well for lots of people, and I am really hoping it will for you too. >:D<
  • I'm going for the second epi Monday. The first one helped my sciatica and tingling about 20% I hope yours goes well. 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
  • I got a bunch of paperwork that I have to fill out prior to getting my epidural and as I was going through it I noticed that a M.D. who I guess is also a anesthisioligist will be doing the procedure. My doctor didn't tell me that, he also didn't tell me the doctor's were pain management specialist and can administer pain meds.

    I just thought it was strange that I asked to go to a pain management clinic for the procedure and my doctor wouldn't do it. I wonder now if he even know's that this is a pain clinic.

    I feel better about this because I thought I would just go in, the doctor would give me the shot and that would be that. Now I feel I will be able to talk to him and maybe he has some idea's that my Doctor has not even thought of.

    I can't remember now if I told you all that I fired my Doctor and see a new one on Monday as well. The pain clinic and the new doctor are both affiliated with the hospital so that should keep everyone on the same page. I'm still scared though.
  • :) :) many pain management clinics have an anesthesiologist to do injections and a pain management specialist( usually an RN) to hand out meds. this is a better service for you. the doctor is free to intake new patients and oversee the team. the pm specialist is there to help you with your meds and you can get a great rapport going which really benefits you! the anesthesiologist is well trained in his job and may have some options for you the other doctor doesn't. usually he has done the procedure many times and can do as as pain free as possible. i have had injections without being put out. it is not pleasant, but it is over very quickly and you are on your way. of course you cannot drive yourself home and need to take it easy for a day or two. it sounds like you have a good team together and they are all working to help you feel better! good luck! Jenny :)
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