hi everyone. i am new to this website and glad to have found my way to it.
i have lived with chronic pain for almost 30 years (i am 56)and only recently have i been sent to the local hospital pain clinic. i was sent there by the spine surgeon who is treating me right now. it was his recommendation that i undergo the cervical nerve root steroid injections...i agreed. the pain clinic doctor also changed my pain medication from the hydrocodone that was no longer working at ALL after eight years of slowly titrating up ....to hydromorphone , very small mg. tablets, and at first, a month ago, it was amazing how well they blocked the pain message to the brain! i felt fantastic.....it's a different story since the SECOND ROUND of injections last thursday.
i have not felt right since.....i felt very sick that day, and all day friday and saturday. while i know to expect a possible flareup of the pain symptoms with the injections, i didn't expect to feel as bad as i did. and i am receiving no help from the injections yet...it's been five days. this is exactly how it went the first time. the pain clinic doc told me that if i DID receive benefit this time, he would recommend a third round, but that if i do NOT, he would call it quits with injections.
on sunday, while in church, i experienced such intense chest pain that i thought for sure it was a heart attack. i gave it time to go away, walked the halls, took an antacid, as i do have GERD and an esophageal stricture, but it did not resolve; my husband decided we should go to the ER, where they kept me over night in the cardiac observation unit.....i am happy to report that it was NOT a cardiac event......but what the heck was it?
this morning it started again...and this time i felt it start IN the cervical spine...or so it seemed. it travelled to the center of my chest again and was the same sharp twisting pain...it is gone now but i did call the pain clinic to report it, looking for some help...is this considered "normal" for the amount of digging around and injecting the doc did on thursday? the answer was a rather cold "NO...go see your primary".....well okay then! i was not happy with how i was dealt with at all. so i am now waiting for my primary doctors' office to call back to set up an appointment.
i am just so used to having "medical mayhem" that i believe tehre must be something else going on....again. i meditate, i have a very slow heart rate as a result, perfect blood pressure, etc.....i am not racked with anxiety.....so what gives?
has anyone out there had these injections and had any kind of similar response?
i just wish i was one of the lucky ones who could report major pain relief after these injections: i really don't understand how they coudl NOT help? i've had more than my share of cortisone injections over the years and they have always been helpful. i get them regularly for my right knee which is almost bone on bone at this point and is frequently a source of bad pain: they help.
well, thank you in advance for any help anyone can offer....even if just in commiseration!
take care all...