Need to have this procedure done but am very nervous due to the fact that I heard if I was to move at all this could cause perrallasis..just want to be able to hopefully have some comfort with out pain meds so I can accomplish things.. Anyone know if it's true or not about not moving. Any feed back would be appreciated
Hi, I have had several epidurals done. Although it is true about moving, it is very unlikely that you will. The docs will give you a small amount of sedation. This will keep you calm, while providing pain relief of the procedure. You will still be awake and aware. The doc will talk you through the procedure, and at time of the injection, he will tell you that he is in the proper place and now, not to move. I also worked in the OR and assisted on many of these procedures. I have never moved, and never had issues with any of the patients moving. The procedure is also very quick, so you won't be in the position that you will have to move due to body discomfort from being in same position. Hope this helps. Don't worry, I am sure you are in good hands, and you will feel much better. L
Hi, Darned pain. It's funny (not really) that you should mention getting an epidural for back pain. I had one just about 2 weeks ago. I had herniated a disc in my spine (I have no idea how), I was in very bad pain from this herniated disc, but, like dominos, because of this disc issue, I also developed sciatica, pains running all through my leg, etc., as you are, unfortunately, probably already familiar with. I was living on at least 12-16 Motrin a day, and some Vicodin, when I could get it, which was rarely, thanks to our recent new FDA regulations, regarding "controlled drugs". I decided then, that this was no way to live. I was recommended by some friends to a Pain Specialist, in my area of NJ. I was hesitant at first, as I had never been to a pain specialist, and I had no idea what to expect. I can say that, with certainty, I was more afraid of having to endure spinal surgery, than seeing a pain specialist.! So I went, we had a long, fruitful discussion, and he suggested to me that he wanted to do an epidural in my spine. Of course, I was terrified, but I was still more afraid of possible surgery, and continuing pain, so I had the epidural, and will probably have another one in 2 weeks. (They are usually given in spaced- out sets of 2-3, depending on level of relief, tolerance, and pain level.) I really want to calm your fears. Yes, this injection can be somewhat painful, BUT, you will not need pain meds, as the treatment lasts, tops,15-20 minutes, and then you are finished, your pain from this injection is over, and you can go home as soon as you like, after the injection. By the time your pain med. would have begun to work, your whole treatment would be over! As for any paralysis occurring during the surgery, if you move even a little bit, this is really impossible. You are numbed up for the most part, the dr. is guided completely by the MRI of your spine, which is placed right next to him, much like a GPS, so that he knows exactly where to place
his needle, and honestly, you are not in any danger at all during this process. So, even if you twitch, it will not make a difference at all! As for me, this injection was a real miracle. My pain level decreased from an 10- to a 4- within 48 hours. For me, it was worth any pain, stress, worry, etc. that I felt during this whole process. I don't even use much Motrin, maybe 4 a day. I still have some pain left, but, compared to what I felt before this treatment, I believed that God has answered my prayers. What pain that I do have left, I am told, will ease with time. Also, I am due to get a 2nd injection soon, which I now am sure, will address the rest of my pain issues. Also, due in large part, to the effects that this injection had on lessening my pain substantially, I am told that I most likely not need spinal surgery. For this I am very grateful. So, run, don't walk to get your epidural, do not be afreaid, as there is really nothing to be afraid of, and I am sure that your dr. is very competent. You will probably never regret having this procedure done! I know that I sure won't! Good luck on your upcoming epidural. I know that you will do just fine.
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