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Mia84
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   Posted 9/10/2008 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I was in a car accident almost a year ago. They thought I just bruised my ribs really bad. Well last Friday they finally did an MRI and found out I have a disc that is inflammed and out of place. They said I was luck its not affecting any nerve also that its very fixable and once its fixed I will be back to myself. But in order to get there I have to get a couple cortisone injections into my back to reduce the inflammation so the disc will go back into place.  But im am scared of needles and so im already nervous about it. What else can I expect with this?


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Chutz
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   Posted 9/10/2008 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mia,

I've had cortisone injections in my lower back for inflammation and a pinched nerve. I'm glad yours hasn't gotten to that 'pinched' stage. It's very painful on top of what you already have.

I found the injections to be no big deal, others found it more painful. They most often use a numbing agent before or along with the steriod so it makes it more comfortable. For me it was no worse than getting a flu shot. If it were me I'm make sure that whoever was doing it was using Fluoroscopy and x-ray type machine so they can watch where the needle is going. Most do use some sort of x-ray or guided procedure now days.

The shots didn't do much for me. I had a series of 3...the first one nothing; 2nd one nothing but when I was walking back to the car my knee buckled on that side where I had the 'problem'. Doc had told me that might happen because I had my injection in my sciatic area. 3rd one I got a tiny bit of relief.

One thing to consider is if you are diabetic. Steriods raise the blood like crazy for most. I take insulin and have to watch more closely and usually triple my intake of humalog.

OK, I've rambled enough. Hope you found something of use.
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Red_34
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   Posted 9/11/2008 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I am not quite sure how the needles feel in the back since the ones I've had were in my SI joints (the area between your hip bones and by your tailbone) and in my cevical spine (neck). I think that it is more painful when the area is inflammed but once the inflammation goes down, it's not as painful. My SI joint injections were - I'm not gonna lie here - very very painful however the ones in my cervical spine are not. The ones I had in my SI joint only helped marginally but the ones in my neck helped tremendously. I think it just depends on how your body is going to work with it. I am slightly sensitive to steroids and found that after the injections, I was jittery and had a bit of insomnia. But that only lasted a couple days. I also get a little sore around the injection site. Do you know which verterbrae disc it is that is out of whack?
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d2parrotperson
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   Posted 9/11/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
The SI blocks are extremely painful. The blocks in the spine are no big deal. Mine did not work, but I have a different dx than you. They put Lidocaine in the syringe to lessen the pain. The most effective way to not allow the little bit of pain to bother you is when they tell you "a little pinch" to begin to take a very slow, very, very deep breathe. It is amaizng how much it helps. Don't worry. The pain is minimal. Hurts less than an IV IMO.
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PAlady
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   Posted 9/11/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Interesting - my SI joint injection wasn't any more painful than any of the others; none of them were more than a little uncomfortable, but I know there was an anesthetic injected before the steroid and the longer needle were put in. I think a lot may depend on the skill and technique of the interventional radiologist. Like Chutz said, I'd ask what equipment, etc. is going to be used and that will help you assess things.

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Mia84
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   Posted 9/11/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Im not sure what verterbrae it is exactly. Its in the upper part of my lower back. I just know its affecting my left lower ribs. The muscles around my left lower ribs are so contracted its cause my ribs to be pulled out of place. My ribs and back where the disk is out is tender to touch.  I have never had an IV so I really dont know how much that hurts lol The last shot I had was a flu shots a couple years ago and I was sore for a couple days after that so thats why im worried about these injections.

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   Posted 9/11/2008 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Just keep telling yourself that these injections are for the greater good :) At least that is what I always tell myself before I get them. It sure sounds painful though, what you are going thru. I think having any sort of back pain is horrible!
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ladyred
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   Posted 9/11/2008 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Red,
 
ALtho my digonosis is different than yours I have had both SI injections and the epidurel injections... the SI injection was a bit painful to have done but I had more pain afterwards with that injection.  The epidurel injection was much better didnt hurt as much going in and didnt hurt as much afterward either.
 
The first injection didnt do a thing for me and the second seemed to help for about 3 to 4 days and then pain was back...I go on Monday to get the 3rd injection so I will let you know how that one turns out.
 
It seems to me that you are in alot of pain already that these injections will be a breeze to what you are going trough now...also I got a shot before the injections that relaxes you and makes you tired so that helps as well....I do agree that it isnt much more than a flu shot though and its over before you know it...just make certain to have a list of questions you would like to ask before you go in so you dont forget them as you are nervious.
 
Good luck Red and I wish you well and hope they work for you...altho for many on here the injections havent worked so much there are many that they have worked for.
 
Take care and good luck
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Piercings
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   Posted 9/11/2008 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never posted in this particular area, but I'm very glad that I decided to look in tonight. I went to a spine pain specialist today and after the assessment he decided that the best course of treatment would be cortisone in the SI joints. It's a relief to hear that it may be painful but that no one seems to have been driven to screaming. lol

Thank you for giving the advice that you did, even though I wasn't the one to ask the question.

d2parrotperson
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   Posted 9/12/2008 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
My SI nerve blocks may have hurt more because I have sacroiliitis. The clinic is very skilled and use the xray & Lidocaine techniques. If no one else felt the amount of pain I did, I will chalk it up to sacroiliitis. Also, for 3-4 days afterward I hurt so badly I had to use a cane. The Epidurals caused little to no pain afterward.
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Red_34
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   Posted 9/12/2008 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Stephanie, I also have Sacroiilitis so maybe that is why it hurt so bad??? I had the xray and licocaine too and I remember that the night of the shots, I was in so much pain - sort of like my hips were cramping.
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ladyred
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   Posted 9/12/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   

The S1 injection was very painful for me, I moaned like a baby while getting them and afterwards when the local wore off I was in alot of pain so much so I almost went to the er. and i do not have sacroiliitis, but again I did fine with the epd. but others have been fine with it so I quess it really depends on the person.

Lara


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   Posted 9/13/2008 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Well it's not sounding as good as it did the other day. But still, I will do it anyway. Pretty much anything that will help, short of losing a limb, I'm willing to do. Thanks all for the information though. I really do appreciate it.

Pegray
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   Posted 6/27/2013 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a S1 injections on Tuesday this week, Mine was very painful...and was almost crying!! my dr went into the S3 or distal area of the joint and injected both short and long term meds for pain.. he said, that these injections are the worst that they do and he hates doing them, because they are so painful...i have Sacroililits would that make it more painful....i didn't do any sedation with the injections and had Cervical Facet injections just last month on both side in 4 joints and did ok with that...but if i have to do it agian i need the sedation...it was the worst....its been two days..at the most part i feel better, but still not myself yet and pain and weakness comes and goes...so we will see....the pain was the worst when He was injected the meds and die into the joint, and of course moving the needle around....My pain is even more compromised do to having other injuries and Scoliosis, and its a Comp case on top of it...i need chiropractic all the time to keep from making things worst well they refused and now i have this on top of all my other injuries, maybe now they will listen to what my body needs.........because this could have been avoid....

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   Posted 6/28/2013 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pegray and welcome to the forum. Sorry to read that you are having such a problem. I know some of the injections these drs do can be just awful. Hopefully this will help you and you will not need any more of them.

We ask all new members to start their own intro thread so that all members will see it & be able to give you a proper hello & welcome aboard. By posting on an old thread as you did not many people will see it.

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