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Having first epi L-5, S-1 tomorrow.....scared

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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Spinal Injections
After reading a few posts, I have to say I am terrified. I kinda thought I'd get lucky and this would be similar to the diskogram I got 10-21-08. What exactly am I in for tomorrow??
P.S. As an Rph, I see the stigma (of narcotics use) every day at home, out, at the doctor's office (his nurses, mostly), and especially at work. I wish some "pain" detector device could be invented to "weed" out the abusers and let us get on with our quality of life!!!! Let those abuser guys figure out something else, already! If they want to be "stoned" and think they are enjoying life, fine. Leave the real pain to us poor souls so we can be helped without regulations, etc.


  • Good Luck! I had my first ones (FOUR bilateral Transforaminal Injections under a Fluroscope), last Nov 2 08, and am scheduled for another go round this Wednesday! I work in a major Trauma hospital in In-PT Pharmacy. I had mine done in the OR where I work as an out patient. My surgeon who did my neck surgery does my back injections too. He would not prescribe me any Valium for the second round even though I begged. :''( He said it was too dangerous to take the chance of me going to sleep during. I will not kid you - the procedure for me was ungodly painful. I almost think child birth was easier. Thank God it only lasted 30 minutes. But I have read others have not had it so badly, and it did help, so I am doing it again. The anesthesiologist administered 6mg of Versed to me before and during the procedure, but it did nothing to even sedate me even a little. Afterward I was so numb from the waist down I could not walk out of the PACU to get home. My husband came with me so I finally dragged myself into a wheelchair, into the car, and my husband half carried me into the house. I could not walk until 4:30 PM that day.
    My surgeon started me on lyrica and it has really helped with the pain and numbness. I need to get back to work full-duty and as you know the techs do all the grunt work. Even though I am a senior (lead) tech, and do mostly purchasing, projects, and supervision of work flow on my shift, I still have to be able to lift up to 50 pounds, and bend constantly to go back full duty. I was able to go back to full duty after my neck surgery, but now have a back injury and that has been more problematic for me as far as working.
    Fortunately my surgeon knows me and knows I am not drug seeking. I started breaking out in hives with Codeine, Hydrocodone, and Oxycodone. Demerol gives me black out spells, Ansaids make me retain fluids badly. Thus I am on Darvocet, Tizanidine, Ambien, and Lyrica.
    I have worked in several states in Pharmacy and so far Las Vegas is the worst for MD's not believing anything you say. I got to the point I wouldn't even say I worked in Pharmacy because they would immediately assume I was an addict! I had one guy say I didn't need a script for an antibiotic because I worked in a pharmacy and could get anything I wanted! I have been here almost 7 years and it has taken me a long time to find really good MD's. There's too many weirdo's in LV! Too bad, it's really not a bad place to live otherwise. Good luck tomorrow, let me know how you do, I'll be thinking about you!
  • I had to go through a terrible spinal headache when I got my CT Myeogram before cervical surgery but I knew I would not die from it so I sucked it up (was alone and too sick to go in for a blood patch which would have helped). Hang in there and remember-it has to be done and you can take pain meds afterwards to relieve any ill effects. I hope you'll be in good hands! Tell us how it goes-pain shared is pain halved.
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  • Good luck with your surgery today! We'll be thinking of you. 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
  • Read a few of your posts, you seem really nice and thanks for the "thinking about you" it seems to me unless you've been there you don't think about people like us. So far the epi seems ok but the nurse refused to give me the fentanyl the doctor ordered. (She did the same thing with the diskogram--same nurse--can you believe it?) She may someday know I suppose.
    Anyhow, thanks. to everyone. If any pharmacy related questions I may be able to help, be glad to if I know the answer.
    Will reply again later after I know all is really well.
  • I hope your ESI tomorrow gives you some relief. I have had 5 and it never helped me (L4-S1). I had them done without sedation, and it can be a bit rough; certain parts of it is intense. If I got through it, anyone else can :) I know you'll do well and let us know how it goes. Take care
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  • Mine is tomorrow, wish me luck ! :''(
  • I wish you MUCH LUCK and I am still doing fine, 7 hours later. I wish you the same and more.
    Don't let those know-nothings get to you, but at the same time, I'd try working through some of the pain so you can show the idiots you still know how. (even though pain relief is still the most important thing, however you have to get it, i.e. injections, pt, accupuncture, or even real doctor vs. pain mgmt money-hungry doctor)
    Down here, if you want, you can walk into a clinic (my patients have told me this, unbelievably) and pay a certain amount per whichever med you like just like at a liquor store. I got lucky and knew the neurologist from when I worked in his area and that he was the best. He then sent me for the diskogram and now the epidural. I do take meds, but its hard, to work and function. I need it to go away, and hopefully these md's will get my life back a little for me.
    I like the person's blog that said shared pain is pain cut in half; I wish it was true, and am glad it is for them.
  • Yes, sometimes I even get the Ho-Hum attitude from my husband. When my pain meds are working properly and I can make dinner, wash clothes, etc., He usually makes some comment like I must not be in THAT much pain then. I have to drive myself to my procedure tomorrow, and wait for it with no support from him. Then I have to call him to pick me up from his work. He didn't want to take a few hours off at all really, to even come get me. He suggested I take a Taxi! I reminded him that the first set of shots left me unable to walk for most of the day, was the Taxi driver going to help me get into the house? What if I couldn't get to the bathroom? He said he didn't even recall the issues I had with the first shots, I don't know where his brain is. ~X( When he said good night and went off to bed (we sleep in separate rooms because of our opposite working hours), he just pecked me on the cheek. I asked him if he was even going to wish me good luck? He said, "OK, good luck". I said "you know I can get paralyzed or die during this procedure don't you? He said that's not going to happen!
    Well, thing like that sometimes do happen, and the person left behind pays in guilt the rest of their lives.
    I love my husband, and I know he would be sad if something hapened to me, but it's what I get for marrying an Engineer. :<
  • Hi

    My name is Nancy and I am new to this forum...4 weeks ago I had the facet block in L5 S1 for severe low back hip and some referring pain into knee and into legs...the facet seems to be wearing off as I am experiencing some pain in the hip and referring dull pain in the legs...been doing PT successfully up until this day after reading everybody's postings I am sorry that I am discouraged about my situation yet I am...I work from home and am feeling sad and tired today...need encouragement
  • Well, it went a lot better yesterday than the first ones did! <:P I had the same anesthesiologist and he remembered the 6mg of Versed did nothing to me, so he started at 5mg and went up to 7. I also really tried to keep my muscles as relaxed as possible and it seemed to help. They used Celestone this time, so I am hoping it works longer. My doc will probably want to do a third one in the near future.<br />I am wondering how long this goes on before one has to have surgery. Since my injury was at work, they will close my case next August. If I use up all mu FMLA, I am afraid I will be let go. A Medical Separation as they call it. I am afraid I will end up having to get an attorney, which I don't have the money for. I will loose all my retirement I had planed to get after being at this place of employment for 6.5 years. I guess I'll hope and pray that it won't come to that. :SS
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