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.....