Thorastic Epidural tomorrow

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nurse2
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   Posted 3/9/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, tomorrow is my epidural. To say that I am soooooo tired of procedures would be putting it mildly.The doctor and I are going to have a long talk as I feel I have taken a major step backwards. The headaches are getting more frequent and the nausea comes in waves. I need to be able to get so I can drive again! I am so very tired........just tired to my soul these past few weeks. I feel like I am just existing in my life....not completely involved, if that makes any sense. I so pray that the procedure goes well. I've had so many and been so extreamly blessed to walk away without any complications. I really trust this doc or I certainly wouldn't be doing this.  So many of you have so many more problems than I do that I feel quilty even saying all of this but I know that some of you have to know how I feel and "normal" people don't really have a clue when you talk about these things. Hope you all  have a day with less pain and more smiles in your life tomorrow.
Nurse2
Degenerative disc disease,osteoarthritis, status post 4 cervical spinal surgeries with plate insertions and fusion, Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, chronic heacaches and chronic pain.


skeye
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   Posted 3/9/2009 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nurse2,

Good luck tomorrow! I hope the epidural brings you some relief! Let us know how it goes.

Skeye

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   Posted 3/10/2009 1:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Sure hope the epi's work for you and make sure to take it easy afterwards...
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Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 3/10/2009 1:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck tomorrow Nurse I so hope the epi works and you are able to get a little or a bunch of relief! It's 3am and I took my Kadian along with two muscle relaxers and a percocet so I am hoping that it catches up with me and I soon get some relief.

Hugs

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White Beard
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   Posted 3/10/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Nurse2
The question I have is how and where did you find a Doc that would do a thorasic epidural injection? I have had the cervical and lumbar, but I have not found one Doc in my area that is willing or qualified to do the Thorasic spine! For me epidurals only last about 2 or 3 weeks, and it hardly worth the trouble!

I do wish you well and hope it gives you some relief!

Good Luck
White Beard
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disability!
Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)
 
Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol,  Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


nurse2
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   Posted 3/11/2009 1:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Guys,
I had a long talk with the doctor yesterday before my procedure. He is such a wonderful guy and is really in the business to help people. I talked to him about how the headaches were so much worse and wondered if they were some sort of migraine. I had them as a child but remembered them to be more "one sided" and not the pulsing brain pain that I am having now. He said that they could be cluster headaches, not sure. He told me not to go back to that new rheumy that I went to a coupld of weeks ago. He wants me to find someone that is at the top of his game and really up on all of the new meds.....maybe even some of the clinical trial meds because he said that someone who is just 53yrs. old shouldl not have to live with this type of pain.....that there are new meds out there to treat this stuff. He injected my spine, starting at the bra line and moved up towards my head. He did do 4 occipital injections to stop the headache. I haven't been able to keep much of anything down since to procedure but I had vomited all night the night before because i had overdone it that day. I doubt that I get out of my Pj's today just so I will rest all day. I have been blessed with the most wonderful husband!! He is a pediatrician and he retired 7-31-08 when I had to so we could spend time together and do things before it get's so I can't do anything. I asked him if he didn't miss practicing medicine and interacting wtih the kids because it was a childhood dream to be a doctor. He told me that he had got to fulfull his dream...he had been able to take care of kids like he wanted to . He said that now his dream is to spend time with me. He's a quiet man an not one to just openly talk about his feelings so that was amazing! I grew up dreaming of being a neonatal nurse and I was lucky enough to get to do my dream job. It kills me that I can no longer work but maybe that is why God has given me so many family members to take care of right now so that I continue to be a nurse. Life works in mysterious ways. I'm going to do some physical therapy in the warm pool but I don't want to start mine until I get Mom's finished up. I have her there 3 days a week and have to bathe and dress her when she is there. Anyway, thanks for thinking of me. Everyone try to rest and have a good day. The birds are already singing and it's only 4 a.m.
Nurse2
Degenerative disc disease,osteoarthritis, status post 4 cervical spinal surgeries with plate insertions and fusion, Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, chronic heacaches and chronic pain.


nurse2
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   Posted 3/16/2009 1:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my epidural last Tues. and didn't get out of my flannel p.j.'s until my Mom fell and cut a 6in long gash in her shin area. I had to go dress her leg
Degenerative disc disease,osteoarthritis, status post 4 cervical spinal surgeries with plate insertions and fusion, Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, chronic heacaches and chronic pain.


nurse2
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   Posted 3/16/2009 1:14 AM (GMT -7)   
OOOPS! I don't know what key I hit but it wasn't the right one. My epidural went well and I stayed in my PJ's until Sun. when my Mom cut a 6 in. gash in her leg along her shin area. I went out and dressed the leg. Her skin is so thin from the Coumadin that some stitches may have helped but there was nothing to hold on to. While I was there my daughter and I cleaned their house for them so they could have a few days to just rest themselves. I have had a minor headache constantly since the procedure and I'm so tired I couldn't whip a cat! My grand daughter (2 1/2 yrs) has strep throat that is goiong aroung her preschool so I will have her until Tues. afternoon. I'm so tired I could lay down in the floor and go to sleep.
I got more papers about trying to get my disability. I have to go for a psych eval in a couple of weeks.......I should be able to get it on that alone. Hope things are going a little better for each of you. I say a prayer that we get even the smallest amount of relief during the day. Wouldn't that be a blessing?
Nurse 2
Degenerative disc disease,osteoarthritis, status post 4 cervical spinal surgeries with plate insertions and fusion, Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, chronic heacaches and chronic pain.


fatherjohn
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   Posted 3/16/2009 1:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Nurse2, I have not posted on your thread yet and tonight after reading through the entire thread I want to write and encourage you. I remember my first epidural. I went to the neursurgeons office and he said he wanted to try an epidural befor making a decision on surgery. He said he would have it scheduled. As I was walking out of the office, his nurse handed me a piece of paper and told me to head over to the place where the epidural was to be done. Not knowing any better, I went as directed. I had my 1o year old son with me. When I got to the surgery center, they took me back and began preping me and I thought I was just scheduling it. My son, was waiting for me all by himself and I did not even know what was happening. After the procedure was done, they brought my son in. It all seemed so rushed. As I was getting ready to leave, it came to my mind, now I get to drive 45 miles back home. What an insane day. That surgeon never touched me again. Now I know better. I am not sure why I shared this. but you mentioned in your first post "So many of you have so many more problems than I do that I feel quilty even saying all of this but I know that some of you have to know how I feel and "normal" people don't really have a clue when you talk about these things." From all that I have read in your post, I think you are very normal. Youn seem to have a desire and compassion to help others and see that their needs are met. If only we had more normal people like you. I wish when I had my epidural, I would have ran into a normal person like you. You sound like an incrediable person.    
 
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