Hi, I am a 37yr old female with a bulging disc in my C4-C5 that is hitting my spinal cord. I have never had trouble with my neck until recently, and more with headaches than any other issue. I have Remitting/Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis which typically only effects my right side and it is a dull numbness...so when I started with extreme numbness in my left arm mainly effecting my middle finger ring finger and pinky finger and the inner part of my forearm amd the outter part of my biceps, I went to the ER to eliminate any possibility of me having a stroke, they did a CAT scan and said I had a pinched nerve in my neck and referred me to a neurologist. So I went in Novemeber for an initial consultation, the wanted me to have a MRI done, and at that time scheduled me for ESI injections. And I went and had the 4 injections done only to end up back in the ER with spinal headaches... I did not go for the second injection, but did go to my follow up appt and discussed with the dr about still having the numbness and pain in MY ARM. I did not have any cervical pain, limited mobility yes, pain no, until those injections were done. She assured me that it was a very slim channce for me to have the spinal headaches again, and convinced me to try it again. She said this time she would do nerve blocks with it to alieve any pain I may have with the ESI. So I go today and get set up for everything have the injections done and when I say to the nurse, that didnt feel anything like last time she said that is because we didnt do the ESI just the Facet Injections??? I said wait what? They said yoyr insurance did not cover the ESI but we went ahead and did the Facet Injections... I was in dumbfounded, why was I not made aware that my insurance did not cover the ESI before I had anything else done, and since the NERVE BLOCKS not facet injections were from the pain from the ESI why did they go on and do those without discussing anything with me? I am in more pain now than I was in before I initially went to see these doctors.
Tired of being a guinea pig, and wish the Neurologist would just listen to me!