I've read a lot of scary stories about spinal injections, so I just wanted to share my experience today. A quick bit of background first: I'm 7 weeks post Microdiscectomy, with pain levels around the same as I had prior to the operation. An MRI has ruled out a re-herniation, so my doctor is suspecting that the sciatic pain is bing caused by inflammation around the operation site.
Today I had an combination nerve block / cortisone shot. My doctor used a fluoroscopy to help him guide the needle to the correct place.
The doctor began with a local anaesthetic. This was the only point where I experienced pain - just a couple of mild pinpricks. The only other sensation I experienced was when he injected the cortisone - I felt a warm flush run down my buttocks and into my left thigh.
Once the procedure was over I sat in the waiting run for 10 minutes before being sent home. I took the bus in rush hour, and had to stand all the way home (about an hour). So far I feel fine. The doctor said that the cortisone will take a few days to do it's job, and that I will probably feel a bit more pain tomorrow - as the injected fluids will compress the nerve a bit.
So thats it. Hope this is of interest to some of you. If I experience any adverse affects I'll be sure to post them here!
All the best
Easter 2013 : Onset of sciatic pain.
Sep 2016 : L5-S1 minimally invasive microdiscectomy. Pain returns in full 10 days after surgery.
Oct 2016 : MRI rules out a re-herniation.
Oct 2016 : ESI (cortisone and nerve block). Increased Sciatic Pain from 2 days afterwards.