Had a multiple level PLIF (LS-S1) in January 2011. Initially I thought it was going to be a wonderful improvement. However, after about two months I began to experience more and different persistent pain (legs and lower back). After several diagnoses/evaluations/medicines I was given an ESI early this week.
It was not fun and so far has not proven to be of any benefit. Sort of like going to the dentist to get a cavity filled but not being provided any novacaine. It hurt! The pain subsided, but I still have the memory.
Here's my question - was this intervention a waste of time? Has anyone else on the list had an ESI as a method of pain control after their fusion? Is all of this bass ackwards? And, for those of you with a similar situation, did you realize any benefit (if so how long did it take and how long did it last)?