about this please let me know. I really don't want to have this done but am desperate for some relief. The pain is more in my hips rather than my lower back. I have had trigger point injections and also an epidural in the past. I never got any relief from them and I swear the medicine they inject make me sick. I have asked the dr's about this and they say it can't make you sick. I always feel worse afterwards. Please any advice would be appreciated.
Hi there yaya. I know the feeling you get after these injections. It's more adrenaline and nerves and "oh so relieved it's over" feeling than actual sickness from the shots. At least those were the feelings I would get. I'm familiar with the blocks, RFT's, Epi's. etc. Try to calm down before this procedure. Half the battle is calming the nerves before the injections. Most PM docs will give you a sedative prior to the block. The blocks are different from the shots you had before. It's a much better procedure and medication they use. Maybe ask your doc about "zapping" the nerve root. Also, even though the pain is more in your hips, it's emanating out from the spinal nerves. Same thing when you hear someone having a sore leg or shooting pain through the butt, leg, and even foot pain. It could be the sciatica (largest spinal nerve) causing the problem. Good luck with your procedure, try to relax, go prepared. Make sure you have all your questions written down so you don't forget anything. I would also look up spinal injections, disc problems, info on the spine itself, what it looks like, where the facet, facia, disc, vertabrate, nerves, etc are all located. Knowledge is always your best tool at the doctors office. Good luck and hope this block gives you the same relief it gave me. Mine lasted about 3-4 months. That is a long time for ANY injection (besides killing the nerve root) of this type to last.
My best wishes and calm down, you will do just fine!
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