I'm going to pain management and have a procedure scheduled this week?
- 10 Jan 2011 by Chance1945
- 13 Jan 2011
The doctor says it's similiar to an epidural. I'm sure that someone here must have had this done and would like to know what to expect - about the procedure and ALSO the outcome. I've learned not to have exceptionally high hopes, but would like to know your experience.
One more question about this. I am suppose to have a driver NO EXCEPTIONS I'm told. I don't have a driver and I was wondering if I could rest in the car until I'm able to drive. If you've had this done how long before you felt comfortable driving? Unfortunately, the day of the procedure is to be the coldest day so far this winter (high in the mid 40's) so staying in the car for too long could be uncomfortable. Sucks to be sick and POOR. I live on the Coast and will be driving into Mobile - about 45 min. drive .
I've had a lot of these types of procedures. I have had epidurals, nerve blocks, facet joint injections, and radiofrequency ablations and they are all done about the same. You go in and they usually start a IV and they will sometimes give you sedation thru the IV. They do the injection and then you go to a recovery area where your vital signs are taken, once you are stable you go home. Injections are usually not that painful. You HAVE to have a driver if you are given sedation. You should not drive for 24 hours after because this medicine is in your system. They will also tell you not to sign any legal documents and such for 24 hours. Many people given conscious sedation will not remember much of the procedure due to the medications having an amnesic effect. (Unfortunately for me this never happens). You can also experience weakness and numbness in your legs which you would not want to have while trying to drive. Call your medical insurance company.
Some plans have transportation assisstance, especially if you have medicaid. The facility WILL NOT let you drive home!!! If you go without a driver they may cancel your procedure. If you absolutely don't have someone to drive you need to call the facility and let them know. As far as outcome-I've not had much luck, but some people have really good results with reduced pain levels for 6 mos to a year or more! It's worth trying! They should do the injection under fluoroscopy or x-ray so they are usually good at getting to the source of the pain if it is nerve pain. Most people with leg pain have better results than those with mainly back pain with no radiation down the legs. Good Luck!
I had a procedure very similar called a Raxx (sp?) procedure. It is done in a hospital or in a surgical unit. they "supposedly" give you drugs to knock you out, but not enough to stop your breathing since you are on your stomach. I have to say although it was EXQUISITELY painful (and I wasn't supposed to remember that, I did!!! ), it did help, after a week in bed. I was happy with the results, but, they did not last very long, and I wasn't about to undergo it again. I don't like a doctor messing inside my spinal cord, which is basically what he did. He used a fluroscope to look inside me while I was "sleeping" to inject something in my spine, but the risks are way worse than the results for me. ie... paralyzation, death, etc. YOu know the drill. I hope that it works for you. Good luck!! Let us know how you fare!
Hi Chance. Everything DaZooBaby had, I had too. I also had nerve roots zapped and (Radio Frequency) thermocoagulation. It's all basically the same procedure. It's done under a live x-ray for the doc to see exactly where he's putting the meds. The worse part are the first few injections to numb the area. After that, it feels like a lot of pressure, but no pain. All I got was a valium. No sedating IV meds. The last time I had it done, the doc told me, "I'm fixing you up good this time!" Boy did he ever. He must have given me 6 injections. But it lasted for a good 5 months. Which isn't bad! But then I suffered burst fractures in a car accident and now it's a whole nother story.
Best wishes and hope they work for you.
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