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ESI in the AM

TraseeTTrasee Posts: 571
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Spinal Injections
Hello Spiney friends,

I get to go get an ESI in the morning. I am NOT at all excited by this. I have never experienced relief from an esi. But I am trying to keep a positive approach going into this one. As most of you know I have experienced more pain and in different areas since my fusion at L4/5. My pm seems to think much of my problem stem from nerve pain or scar tissue. I did experience some relief after a medrol pak. I am a little hopeful a series of esi in the right place may alleviate some of the inflammation that must be going on back there. My dread lies in the procedure itself since there are now more obstacles (rods) in place. But thank god for drugs!!

Have a great day,


  • ESI's didn't do much for me either. Sorry you're feeling as you are. I hope your PM can figure out where your pain is coming from. Until then, *HUGZ* to ya woman!!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Thanks Brenda!! My pm seems to believe that the neurosurgeon she wants me to see will also recommend esi as a first approach. So I agreed to do them with the Dr I already see. Why take the money elsewhere? LOL I am just hoping for better outcome this time around, since the medrol pak did offer relief temporarily. Even temporary relief beats constant pain!!

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  • Traci,

    I was put on a Metrol pack a while ago (for my throat), and while the throat liked it, my thoracic pain went through the roof!!! Weird huh? No change in the neck or lumbar, but wow on the thoracic!

    Maybe this go around there will be 'help' with the shots. Please let us know how it goes, okay? *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I was just thinking of you yesterday and wondering how you are feeling. I will send you some good mojo (G) and hope and pray this gives you the relief you deserve.

    Take care,

  • Good luck tomorrow...hope it helps out. Has anyone offered you a relief from scar tissue? My PM did an endoscopic lysis of adhesions last week for me. I'm very hopeful that it will help. I think that it is a very technically advanced procedure, so I don't know how many PM docs are actually doing it. My doc is getting good results.

    Anyway, I'll be sending prayers your way. Take care,

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  • Wishing you the best for tomorrow and hope this time the ESI helps you. Maybe even just finding the source of your pain. Prayers for you and positive vibes. 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
  • Hi Spineys,

    I survived my bilateral esi's. My dr saw that I was a nervous wreck and offered Versed. Now, I am never one to turn down good sedation. They woke me when it was over and I remember nothing of the injections. Thanking the Lord for that. I have been sleeping all afternoon and still feel a little lala! The next couple of days will be the fun part :''( Not really looking forward to that but I am looking forward to some relief. Thanks again and again for the well wishes.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 10,760
    ESI's have difficult results for different people. I had ESI's for my cervical, thoracic and lumbar problem.
    Honestly, I have had better results coming from my Cervical MRIs

    Each situation and each person is different. Are ESI's the cure all? No, but they are jus set of enivoromental items that always needs to be addressed.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Ron,

    I have never been able to shun a treatment that has the possibility to help. I know that we all respond so differently to injections, physical therapy, etc. And the research on ESI is so divisive, who knows what to believe? I am working on the staying positive wave, right now. LOL Giving my cynical and disillusioned self a rest.

    My back is really sore today but I expected that. Icing has been helpful and keeping me cool. Keeping finger, toes, legs, crossed :)

  • Thinking of you today and hoping you are chillin with your BFF AKA ice pack! :) Sorry I just couldn't help myself! :)

    Take it easy this weekend, watch some good movies and football if you are a fan!

    Praying that you will find some relief! Love your positive spirit! You go girlie!! :)
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