Have to join the others here in saying they didnt do much good and not for long for their worth.
I have seen some folks say they got a noted amount of relief for a brief period of time I didnt. Have seen those like Gramps that had more problems with pain after.
To add insult to injury they can have some serious side effects and some have suffered permenant nerve damage from using a Doc that didnt know how to give them properly so make sure your Doc has done this procedure often and knows his stuff by all means and this isnt to say that any of them can make a mistake.
Unfortunately alot of pain clinics and Neuro's require you to try if they are going to continue to treat you,like Mochiah said it is one of the hoops used to get to the defining moment of obtaining what really works,looks good on paper to say you have done this this and this prior to being given the proper amount and type of meds to control your pain levels.
Good luck and dont take this lightly as it is an invasive procedure and anytime anything is being introduced into your body and especially your spine it carries risks.
Hoping others can give you more positive vibes here.
Hi! Just my 2 cents worth re: the epidurals. I agree, it can be just another "hoop" they make you jump thru on your way to something bigger (like my fusion, say) but yes, some people DO get good relief from them. I never did & like Gramps, most of them increased my discomfort. I had my 4 facets done, bilateral L4/L5 joints, + 2 epidurals directly into my DDD (L5/S1) area + then the SI joints too. All over a period of 4 months, prior to my 3rd spinal surgery last month. Whew! Tried it all! To no avail!
And I agree w/ Ruth, too: be sure your doc is experienced & uses X-ray guidance, esp in that area, as anything directly into the epidural area can pose a lot of risk, being so close to your dura & the internal spine itself.
And if you're offered some Versed (makes you aware, but you just don't care!) take it! I was "out" for all 9 of my shots, so at least your physical/mental perception of the injections' pain themselves can be reduced. Plus I was always a basket case b4 any of them, b/c of the CP in that very tender area & not really wanting anyone or anything going in there!
One more thing: in order for my neurosurgeon to "have permission" from my insurance co to do the fusion, I had to have: PT, TENs, injections & meds, to "prove" that everything else had been tried & failed, so look at it as either a "cure" or just another hoop...but either way, I hope you get some relief! Back pain is never over, but it can sometimes be reduced w/ the right treatments.
Good luck! :)
Post Edited (ryand) : 2/27/2008 8:48:38 PM (GMT-7)
No need for thanks Ry as these forums are part of my hope and if it hadnt been for those "voices" in cyberspace when all this was new to me I am not sure I would have made it,folks just like us here encouraging,pushing,advocating,hearing our pain when no one else does is one of the best pain meds I have found.
Again good luck to you and here is keeping fingers crossed you get some relief!
Mochiah I had belonged to another forum for years and stumbled in here one day and read for a few days and found myself thinking it was much more peaceful and more folks wishing to help rather then stir up trouble which had become a huge factor at the other board.
Too many folks had become "real" and were putting way too much of themselves personally out there and things were happening there that should not have been happening there,scams,money requests,ads for folks at home businesses,just alot of outside the realm things you know?
People were setting the,selves up for all kinds of horrific things putting too much out there and not realizing the boards can be accessed by way more folks then those with pain issues or good intentions.
I have not been back since I came here and everyone has certainly made me feel "right at home"
Each person here brings their own thing to this place and hoping each person that leaves here takes something good away with them.
These places are such comforting places for those in need we sometimes forget that it is cyberspace and open to all walks of life.