Okay, so I had the injection done on Wednesday. Good news & bad news. The good: It helped! I got significant relief from the injection! The bad: It only lasted two hours (although I was told that it would only last 2 hrs from the get go). It forced me to use only my left eye for half a day & it confirmed that I have a significant tracking defect in that eye (a neurological problem) as well & that even just operating on its own/taking the bad eye out of the equation, it wasn't good enough to allow me to read normally.
Also bad, is that the procedure confirmed that the pain is originating from the eye & tissue within the orbit, behind the eye. If the injection didn't provide me with any relief then it would mean that the pain was originating somewhere in the brain (as in something like migraine pain) & pushing forward. If this were the case, then it would have
opened up some new treatment options, but instead the injection helped & therefore there is nothing that we can do about
the pain because we've essentially tried everything already & there is just no way to get to the affected area. So until we know more about
what is going on, we've reached something of a dead end. So now it's up to this PMS & neurosurgeon next week.
So in the end, the injection was helpful in reducing my pain (but only for a very short period of time
), was somewhat helpful diagnostically, but in the end was not helpful in terms of future direction. I wish there was some way to make the effects of the injection last (minus the inability to move or use that eye). Cue frustration. And, on top of everything, I've been in even worse pain since the injection, because while it numbed things nicely for a few hours, it also wreaked havoc behind my eye.