an Epadural? Sorry if that's spelled wrong.lol I'm having one the next appointment I have with him. Before I started seeing this pain dr. the other one gave me 6 in one year. They were soo painful. but I have never had one from this Pain Dr. I'm seeing now. And every injection he's given me, in my knee's, shoulder, neck, and lower back, have never been painful. the injections in the lower back hurt. I'm very nervous about how painful it may be, but I don't want to sound like a wimp. I have a question about my back. Their are lumps on my back. That havent been there before. But I have actually asked my husband to rub across them very lightly to see that I wasn't crazy. He said it definately was there. I asked my dr. about it two month's ago about it, and he said it was just muscles. Well, there like whelps, and theres more than one, and they will burn very badly at times. It's the weirdest thing I've come across.Does anyone have any opinion on what it might be, and why they burn so bad at times? It may be just muscles popping up, but I would greatly appreciate your input. Thank you so much to everyone whoes been there for me, always. Thanks, Ruthie
Hi darling, I'm so sorry to hear this. Did your husband tell you what types of lumps? About what size are they? Are they where your doctor gave you shots? Have you been losing weight? They just might be caused by scar tissue from the earlier shots. Asking your doctor will be the best thing. He's trained in this.
Let us know what your doctor says-so we won't worry. Take care-darling---
If this doctor has never given you pain with your other injections, then you have a better chance of the epidural being better. Since it has been two months ago since the doctor looked at those lumps, the doctor may be able to tell better now. Make sure that you ask about them again. Muscles should not burn so badly. Make sure that you tell the doctor about the burning too. Good luck.
I have had chronic Shingles infections for over 25 years. I take Acylovir everyday and I still have outbreaks from time to time. Mine have always been across my lower back, sacral area. The lesions are red, raised whelps that itch and burn and sometimes scab and drain. One of the main symptoms is severe pain and burning that goes down into my sciatic nerve. I take Neurotin during outbreaks and it greatly reduces the burning pain. My doctor did a wound culture to determine if it was or wasn't Shingles.
If your doctor is not responding then hopefully the pain doctor will. Do you ache in any of your joints? It is possible you are starting to get psoriatic arthritis, this would be in the beginning stages which would be good. I am not a doctor and I haven't seen what you describe, could be it's muscles but I would want to make sure. If neither doctor responds, either see a dermatologist to get some tests done or if you have aching in any joints see a rheumatologist. Either way I would get some answers. I wish you the best.
I'm curious if during tour prior epidurals you received sedation? I have had so many epidurals I can't count but my pain associated with them def depends on the type of sedation I've had. I've had one without & I'll never do that again! My old pain doctor used light sedation which does help significantly but you are still awake & can feel it but is alot netter than none. Now my pain doc (in a different state than prior) offers deep sedation- & I take it!!! You're not put under anathesia but you're not able to consciously feel anything & its only for 5mins if that. You need a driver after but the only pain I feel is after the injection which for me lasts about 24 hours max & its more soreness than pain. I hope this helps.
Regarding the lumps in your back I would make your doctor take notice, let your doc know that you're really concerned & he or she should really examine them, do bloodwork or cultures, ultrasound, mri or even other exams none of us are thinking of. We all hope its nothing serious but if it's weighing on your mind, then I would pursue ways to put my mind at rest- lol. P.S., your not a wimp about epidurals- they can really hurt! Wishing you all the best!
I've no experience with epidurals, so I'm no help there. Nor can I help with the lumps. I too have lumps. But mine are all composed of fat and I think they're usually referred to as rolls...
I can, however, wish you the best with your treatment and add prayers that it will work well for you. You know you can always call if you need a voice of encouragement!!
If they are just lumps under the skin they may be just muscle spasms. I get ones like big knots! They can tingle and burn and hurt really bad when someone touches them. If they are red and welt-looking, it is NOT muscle spasms-muscle spasms will just be skin color-no redness or rash-you can just feel them under the skin. If they are blister, rashy looking (like chicken pox blisters) then it could be shingles. I agree that epidurals are much better under sedation. The sedation helps you relax so the mucles arent so tight when they inject so it hurts a lot less but sometimes you still feel it if they get close to a nerve! Drs are like anyone else who gives injections-some are very good at it and it doesnt hurt so bad and others are not as good and they hurt more. Hopsfully this guy wont be so bad and the epidural will help you! Good Luck!
I agree with those who mentioned shingles. I haven't personally had it (... yet... but I have been misdiagnosed with it when I was having a bad flare-up of sebopsoriasis on my face at the same time I was having debilitating jaw pain, and because psoriasis is very uncommon on the face,especially with as bad as mine gets, an average doctor will think of something NOT psoriasis. Luckily I was properly treated and diagnosed by a very good dermatologist. The jaw pain went away after a few days of strong muscle relaxers. I didn't take the antiviral after a day. Anywho, with everything that I have and have had, I can only imagine this is one of those things I'm just bound to get soon) but my sister has. Mind you, I'm 32, my sister's 38, and this was well over 5 years ago, so shingles is definitely not just an "old people's" illness.
She got her first breakout during a time of high stress, around the time period she also had a nervous breakdown (one of them... ), which apparently triggered the shingles. I remember how it went from a small rash to spread over pretty much her whole upper body, and it was incredibly painful while it was broken out. I don't think she's had a recurrence in a very long time, but there was a while when she kept getting breakouts. They gave her an antiviral (one used for herpes, can't remember the name, but it's commonly given for shingles breakouts) and Lyrica for the nerve pain, which actually works quite well for pain related to shingles and diabetic neuropathy, despite it having iffy results for fibromyalgia. But what you've said, it sounds most like shingles. You should definitely be seen by a dermatologist though. Because even if it's not shingles, it could still be a very treatable dermatological illness. In cases such as these, nothing beats seeing a specialist!
As far as the injections, I was put under what my doctor diagnosed as "needle sensitive", meaning that even with local anesthetic I can still feel 100% of the pain from injections (local anesthetics have no effect on me I've learned quite well since then), as well as having hypersensitivity to pain, so he put me under "light" general anesthesia for my injection procedures, to the point where I was out, but not so out that I needed artificial breathing. If it's still highly painful to get back injections even with this new doctor, but they're very beneficial for you to get, ask your pain doctor about light general anesthesia/heavy sedation (same thing, different wording). He may be willing to help you in this sense.
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