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Excruciating Pain after Spinal Epidural & Steroid Injection
i'm looking for any help i can get right now because the pain management dr would diagnosed me with bulging discs & arthritis in my spine doesn't seem to understand how much more pain this injection has caused. i'm 48, had this spinal injection on tuesday, received no follow up instructions or told what to expect. by friday i couldn't move or stand & the intense pressure & throbbing throughout my entire right leg was unbearable & terrifying. before this i had called my doctor every day explaining that one hydrocodone acetominophen 10-325 t pill every 8 hours did not come close to alleviating any pain at all, i was told to take ibruprofen & extra tylenol too & apply ice & heat. by friday my pain was so dreadful i thought i might end up losing it. the pressure was unreal & every movement caused sheer agony that made me scream out in pain especially at my knee, hip & ankle. on either wednesday or thursday after several calls i was told that i could take a pain pill every six hours but would need to collect a new prescription, a 20+ minute drive away when i could barely move let alone drive. on friday i was calling & calling to find out if this was normal because with the absence of any follow up instructions & the increased pain i was really freaking out. i couldn't get an answer despite speaking to 3 different people, when i broke down my daughter tried to speak with someone because with a temperature of 101 & increasingly intolerable pain we were considering the er. the office hung up on my daughter after saying someone would call back either that night or on monday. several hours passed & emailed my dr out of sheer desperation & begged him to call me. he actually did call me & assured me all this was normal but i don't understand why it took 4 days for someone to tell me that! the pain in my leg is still unbearable, i still have a temperature of 100.5 even with all the tylenol & ibruprofen & my back hurts worse than ever.
my dr told me that it should take 7 days to feel the benefit which would have been nice to know much sooner.
i'm really wondering if anyone else has had such a horrific experience & if it's worth going through the agony i'm currently forced to deal with? i haven't slept in 4 days due to the intense pain & the pain medication i'm allowed to take every 6 hours plus ibruprofen, tylenol, ice, heat etc. doesn't come close to numbing the pain at all.
i'd greatly appreciate any feedback please.
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