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ESI post pain

Hello All! I have been reading through the recent posts on the spinal injection forum and must say I am not feeling as isolated as I felt a few days ago. I have been suffering from severe pain too since Labor Day weekend 2012 due to a Large Paracentral Disk Extrusion L5/S1. I am a 42 year old woman and consider myself to be very healthy mother and wife. I have danced ballet, swam competitively and trained for years. So why me? How? Total disbelief....Yes, I went through all of the grieving emotions caused by this debilitating pain as well. I hate taking any medicine that makes me groggy and less astute. But here I am.....anti inflams, and pain killer central, reduced to stretching on floor and on a good day a couple hours of walking and/or swimming. I was referred to a Pain Specialist who was amazed at how I was progressing naturally due to the large size of the left paracentral herniated disc. Well....I probably should have never seen him because that doubt seed was planted once I realized the severity of the herniation. You see, I was actually getting better as the months wore on with stretches and swimming, icing, infrared heat pad, and of course glucosimine condroitain supplements. The only thing that bothered me was I had plateaued with the pain...it had receded but it was still there and that bothered me enough to go see the good doc. Once the doubt seed was implanted It prompted me to opt for the ESI.
First ESI (no sedation) was performed last Wednesday. Yes I felt the zinger down my left leg too once the cortisone was injected in. And yes I was told...BULLSEYE. Walked out of there, a little stiff but feeling not too shabby. Day 2....OWIE!!! Injection site was sore! Day 3 a little better mobility, still sore at injection site. Day 4 ....flat on my back, total pain, locked up........WTH????!!!! SO I call the good doc who gives me encouraging words and says that pain is fine. It should subside in 2 weeks...keep up on your meds. Well....that bit of information would have been helpful earlier. I "assumed" taking anti inflammatories would be bad too soon after being dosed with Major Anti Inflam. Wrong.....so back on the anti inflams, pk regimen...icing, heat , rest and stretches. Here I am Day 6.....husband had to take kiddos to school and make lunches and breakfast for them....of course I cried...this can't be...it just cannot be. I am hopeful that the regiman I am on will decrease the pain and bring back the mobility. I have reservations about shot #2 in 3 weeks. But , perhaps this is a process......No pain, No gain philosophy? Perhaps.
To those more seasoned with ESI, thank you for your posts. They bring me hope. Now all I need is a good housekeeper.....


  • alexhurtingaalexhurting Posts: 1,991
    edited 01/16/2013 - 4:08 AM
    I think if you can manage your pain on your own the way you were doing you were probably beter off,
    The injection is not realy a cure, Its only for pain releif and testing,

    They told you what they seen with the disc and if you were geting beter naturaly injection might have been a mistake,
    At the end of the day if you can keep the bulging disc off the nerve enough to avoid surgery and get beter on your own and some do get beter,

    Some are lucky and are able to work the disc back further where it belongs and keep off the nerve naturaly or with traction and other alternative treatments,
    Sometimes it works sometimes it dont , If you are in good health and can do it on your own and are lucky the disc might get even slightly beter where you can manage life its worth a try,

    Otherwise off to surgery you go either removing part of the disc, or if that dont work you be looking at total disc removal with posible fusion,

    Best of luck keep us posted how things work out,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Yes Alexhurting I agree. I'm never getting that done again. It makes sense that the body should be able to heal itself. My motto reference: No pain, No gain....well that will hold true for good ole natural healing and human will power. I couldnt barely stand for 10 minutes this AM to make my little ones breakfast. The look on her face went I sat down on the floor was more eyeopening then anything. No way am I going down this road.
    I read a few medical journals last night about the efficacy of the ESI and found that due to increase of use since 2000 more complications are arising due to shots causing major controversy in the medical world. Some institutions have even halted practice of transforaminal injection. I believe that is what I had with flouroscopy. It feels like crushing pain now vs the stabbing pains I had before. I hope that is just the pressure from the cortisone and my body will absorb it soon to release the pressure on the root. I do plan to see a neurologist so they can check the extent of any nerve damage I may have. I was thinking too.....not everyone has the same body makeup...such as larger muscles, bone density, etc....who is to say that a smaller person vs a larger person may have tiny epidural spaces that cannot handle normal amounts of cortsone medicine. I mean these docs don't appear to check that. When he warned me that the medicine would cause my leg to zing as he injected it, it was more than a zing...I can assure of that. I felt like I was being tortured in the Middle Ages. One thing is for sure I am not happy with the results. And even if by chance in a few more days I feel like a million bucks there is no way I will get that done again. Even childbirth was easier to overcome then this.

    I see small text at the bottom of your post...is this your history of suffering? I dont understand it but it sounds horrible. I am soooo sorry that u have had to endure that.
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  • Buying Dr John Sarno's book today, Mind Over Back Pain. Taking that route. Will update on the progress......
  • davrunnerddavrunner Posts: 586
    edited 01/16/2013 - 11:37 AM
    I had both the transforaminal bilateral and facet joint injection for l5/s1 yesterday. I had previously had them with no sedation but thank goodness the clinic I go to now gives you some sedation, still awake and you do feel the zing to the feet but not as bad as without.
    My total ESI over the last 10 years is over 20. cervical provide no relief and don't get them anymore. Lumbar give me anywhere from 3 months to 6 months of relief. not totally pain free but will knock it down from a medicated 5/6 to 3 and that is a blessing.
    I know there is a lot of controversy over ESI especially after the meningitis outbreak and now I hear long term use may lead to cattaracts and may contribute to osteoperosis. Nothing comes for free.
    Good luck to you what ever route you feel is right. I believe the benefits I am getting outway what would be a 3 level fusion without the pain relief.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • uspsgirluuspsgirl Posts: 1
    edited 05/05/2013 - 3:48 AM
    I am having problems I am scared that I am having a heart attack, for three days i've had chest pains, hot flashes, VERY bad headaches, and LOTS OF NECK / BACK PAIN...WHY I thought this was to help the pain, do things have to get worst before better? WAIT!Not to mention im sick to my stomach allday everyday, my pp gave me anxiety meds to offset the emotional crazy shaking feeling and to avoid over eating and that works like a charm because im so nauseous i dont wanna eat. But I "suppose" to get another shot in two weeks HU oh brother, I better be feeling a 100% better or its NOT happening. My chest and back feels as though im being stabbed. This is my first time omg is gonna happen forever? I have cervical radiculopathybneck sprain
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