Remember Ry they can take away everything else but the HOPE! It is a sad day when we are practically forced to undergo a treatment that is in the very least invasive and carries risks greater then person with actual pain becoming addicted.From everything I have seen and read about these injections the benefits are not that greater then the risks unfortunately way too many Docs want those numbers documented for the world to see before they move onto more conventional med treatment.
I think honestly they think we go inot treatment and procedures convincing ourselves it isnt going to work for us,like we wouldnt take relief where and however much we could get it? Let's face it folks who have not experienced the kinds of everlasting,all encompassing pain as most of us have cannot begin to fathom it, I know I didnt and for those many times I thought some patient was clearly overreacting to the pain I am more sorry then I can begin to say.
Not all of us react to pain in the same degree or the same ways,wach of us have ways and limits and thresholds that vary thus making treatment as varied from one person to another.
Number one mistake of most Docs is assuming each of us are going to have pain or not have pain whichever the case may be to any certain diagnosis.
For instance I was having some trouble a few years back in teh morning when I got up,it was really kind of weird and was making no sense to me ,some difficulty breathing,moving from bed to floor a real chore if you may and if I got to the floor or laid on my stomach as mentioned in previous post I could not get up without sceraming.
Made an appointment with my Ortho who ordered an MRI and it came back that I had a degenerative bone disease in the family of ankylising spondylosis of L-3,4,5 and S-1! Wow what a shock no dount as I had very little back problems and even less back pain with the exception of those mentioned above.
To make this a little shorter the Doc went and got the Neuro guy in the office with him and he wanted to schedule me for the injection and I flat refused thanked him for his time and said something to the effect that I would return if and when it bothered me more. He then said to me " Oh you will return" I give you no more then 6 months and you will be back begging for relief.
That was 5 years ago and as of this date I have not had to return for those injections nor have I had more then a scant increase in pain in my back or any of the symptoms that sent me looking for answers in the first place. I count my blessings on that one each night! I have seen so many folks on these forums with such horrific pain due to this very diagnosis and disease and some bedridden only a few years after finding it.
My point in all of this is the Neuro felt sure that I would have that intensity of pain with this disease as it is noted for,why dont I? Why do others become bedridden and I have not? Because each of us are different and our bodies react to things differently and Doctors need to keep those things in mind when treating us and treat each of us as the need calls for not textbook theories!
I am hoping for you and certainly others here are as well. I can say to you to be sure and follow the instructions post procedure and make sure someone is with you to also get those as the doubt and fear you are having may make you not recall everything they say to you. Dont hesitate to call them back at the first sign of anything being out of the norm and if you have to make yourself a pest do so!
The best piece of advice here is not to have great expectations but reasonable ones,dont look for instant relief and total relief but note any degree of relief to be some help and if it works ok on day one hope it works better on day two. Many times we set ourselves up for let down by expecting too much too soon.
Please remember to let us know how your doing and dont hesitate to come here with questions for those who have already been thru them.
Again good luck!