Hi there. Well, tomorrow I go for another FJI with a new doc. The first I had was a caudal with NO sedation at all and I was in so much pain they had to stop the procedure half-way through.
Then, with another doc (moved) did FJI and RFA under iv sedation. I may have felt a little relief but then I twisted my back while hiking and the pain was back.
Now I'm with a new insurance and I basically feel as though to prove to my phys. med. doc that I'm serious about getting relief, I have to have an FJI. That will be tomorrow and under this insurance, they won't do iv sedation! So now I'm very scared. No - terrified!
I couple of weeks ago, I had a deep muscle spasm and my pcp gave me valium (10mg). I'm not really sure how much it did for the spasm because it always made me fall asleep. So I plan to use it tomorrow.
My question is: has anyone used valium as sedation for these types of procedures? And if so, at what dosage? I seem to have a really high tolerance to meds (xanax didn't do anything for me, am on a 50mcg Fentanyl patch and have major pain right now) but I've never taken valium before now and I'm not sure of how much is too much/how much I'll need to be somewhat comfortable with the procedure.
If you've gotten this far, thanks for reading! I appreciate any and all advice!