White Beard is right, you would not tell a patient to suck it up and deal, and you know that you shouldn't be saying it to yourself either. I think that along with being able to get that cortisone injection, that you really should look into whether or not you might be having onset of RSD. If that is what it is, a block can be done to try to help with the pain. I had several stellate ganglion blocks done and it did help a bit, but the earlier they are done , the better the results seem to be.
If the pain medications aren't helping, it sounds like it is time to get them changed some.
You know if you have had RSD before, that the likelihood of getting it in other areas of the body are greatly increased.
I hope that it is not that, but if it is , the faster you start getting treated for it, the better off you will be.
I hope that you get some answers......
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
Avascular necrosis of left wrist- maybe hips too