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I'm doing epidurals now....OMG the pain!!
After being diagnosed with a L4 bulging disk on Jan 2, I had an epidural on Jan 14 and then again today. Boy was I naïve! My wife had an epidural during child birth and she had immediate results. I expected the same but found it was 5-7 days after the first epidural before I could say I was feeling some relief.
I was certainly feeling better and the doctor was pleased with my improvement. Today, the doctor gave me an injection at both L4 and L5 and I've been referred to physical therapy for the next month.
My question for anymore, do you suffering from excruciating pain during the actual injection? The first time I didn't expect it (I didn't know) and I thought maybe the doctor nicked my spinal cord so at least today I was ready. He ended up giving me the worst injection in thirds to spread out the pain. The pain is from the injection site down to my toes on my right side where the budge is. He said the pain is an indication that he's in the right spot. Today he proposed that I be sedated during my next epidural so I won't feel it or remember it.
Seriously, am I just a wimp or is this normal?
March 20, 2014 - L4/L5 Laminectomy and Microdiscectomy