... endured the first of three last week.I had them several years ago and then the pain management Dr had me under anesthetic and I noticed only a slight improvement on my pain levels. This recent series which started last week the Dr had me do it awake. It was horrible. My right arm went totaly weak and the electric sensations that I usually have from fibro just exploded running up and down my back which I still feel. I will not continue the series. Is there any other methods of reducing my pain levels other than impaling my spinal chord with needles?
I recommend trying the trial phase of Spinal Chord Neurostimulation. I had a severe flare of sciatica that coincided with trial phase. I had great results and intend to get the implants. I have also had 'miracle' injections from an obviously better doc than yours. All the way from occipital nerves to the L-4-L-5 including nerve root, trigger point and epidurals. When done right you will receive instant relief before the needle is out. Sorry for your experience.
Is your Dr. a Sadist? Does he like to see someone in horrible pain? Tell him you refuse to have the other 2 injections unless you are given an anesthetic. These are nerve root blocks and the reason you are feeling such pain is because the injection is given directly into the nerve. I have been dealing with chronic low back pain for 7 years and have tried everything including acupuncture and mio-facial release. Even surgery did not help the pain for a very long time as I re-herniated about 9 months after. I have finally come to the realization that nothing helps except pain meds and laying down when the pain gets too bad. Fortunately I am retired so I don't have to get up and go to work everyday. Good luck with your treatment. I hope you talk to your Dr. about managing pain during the injections.
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