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Hey Im new on this site but i really need some help. I have a herniate disc in my lower back causing my sciatic nerve to irritate me. My doctor insists on me getting an epidural steroid injection. I'm really uncomfortable with this. I don't like needles or other people touching me that i don't know. My boyfriend and his mother both have had them and keep telling me that its not a big deal. When ever I think about whither i should get the injection or not I get an sick stomach. I have depression with anxiety and having to deal with some thing this major to my body gets me into a depressed mood. Can any one help make this discussion easier for me? Is the injection as bad as i imagine it to be? Are there any options to calming me down during the procedure so i don't freak out and cancel it at the last minute? SOMEONE PLEASE HELP


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    the injections are done to see if the medications in the injections can offer you pain relief and to calm the inflammation in the area. the normal procedure is to give the patient a numbing medication prior to the injections itself, which makes the injection far less painful. you can speak to the doctor prior to getting the injections and explain that you are having anxiety about them and ask him to give you something to calm your nerves prior to getting it done. some pm doctors do offer a concious sedation if the patient is that worried about getting it.
  • I've had 9 spinal injections so far and every one of them went very well with no discomfort during and after. The first one I was a little apprehensive, but everyone on the staff at the surgery center was very comforting. I have been sedated anywhere from being conscious of the whole procedure to being completely out. I prefer the twilight type of sedation. On the day of the procedure, bring someone with you, it really helps.

    Diagnosis: Thoracic facet syndrome & cervical and thoracic radiculopathy from car accident trauma.
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