cervical facet nerve block, strange reaction/ feeling like a bad mom sometimes

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   Posted 5/13/2010 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Had another nerve block yesterday and had a rather strange reaction. This time the doc stated she went once vertbra lower and I felt fine in recovery until I was ready to go home. I stood up and tried to walk and suddenly couldn't walk straight. The injection was on the right side of my neck and when I tried to walk I kept falling to the left. I was take 2 steps and go crashing into the left wall. BP was low but not exceptionally. Went back on the bed, waited, tried again. same thing, crashed into the left wall. Waited in recovery for almost an hour, had the obligatory juice and crackers in case it was low blood sugar, monitor BP( it was fine) and tried to walk again. This time no crashing but still woozy. The only thing doc could figure is the injection went so deep and it did affect the inner ear which may have caused the instability. Just a strange reaction. Luckily husband had taken the day off so I was able to call him for a ride home as there was no way I could get back behind the wheel. Spent the rest of the day in bad and still pretty woozy but boy oh boy was that a strange experience. Has anyone ever had anything like that?

Sorry I haven't been around but the embeda ( new med) literally knocks me out. I will sleep up to 16 hours a day so there has been little computer time. We lowered the dose from 30 mgs twice a day to once a day to see if that helps but unfortunately I feel the pain creeping back.
I had so been hoping to make the drive to see my daughter graduate from college this weekend but at this point I just don't think I'm going to make the 8 hour drive for the 40 minute ceremony. She says she understands and after 10 years of this I know both kids do but ya know, I'm so sorry of them having to understand. Really makes me feel like an awful mother.It weighs heavy on the heart

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sick and tired of being sick and tired

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   Posted 5/13/2010 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope you feel better soon. I hope the nerve block helps you.Im sorry I cant help you the only time I had a nerve block was for carpal tunnel release surgery and I didnt have no reactions .
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis , spinal blockage ,gerd,gastric ulcer (2008), pernicous anemia , folic acid anemia and gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
meds: Ambien, prilosec otc,  ibuprofren,Ultracet, folic acid , b12 injections, zyrtec and benadryl.
Just added : folic acid supplement  1 mg a day for the next year and also b12 injections increased to once a month. pernicous anemia and  Folic acid anemia.

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   Posted 5/13/2010 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cata,

Sorry to hear about the strange reaction to the nerve block. Boy, that's pretty scary! I sure hope that the block helps after all you went through!

I do hope you are able to make it to your daughter's college graduation. My own college graduation is next weekend. While I'm sure your daughter understands your situation, I also know that it would be that much more special if you could make it. But if you can't, please don't feel like you are a bad mother. You can only do what you can do. It won't make your kids love you any less!

Hope you're feeling better!


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   Posted 5/13/2010 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, what a strange side effect.  I hope you're feeling better.  I'm sorry that that happened to you.  ((((((((((((hugs)))))))))
Dx:  ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, hypothyroidism, typeII diabetes, asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, polycystic ovary syndrome, PTSD, depression, anxiety

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   Posted 5/13/2010 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   

I hope you are feeling better now. That is a really strange reaction!

When I had my facet injections (lower back), I had a reaction where I could not feel the lower part of my left leg. I had no idea until I stood up and then I crashed back onto the "bed". Anyway, they told me that reaction was very common with the injections I had and that it should go away in a few hours. It took a lot longer than expected, then the leg was fine. They said it was because the medicine "ran" down the nerve instead of numbing it. Perhaps it was something like this.

All the best!
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   Posted 5/13/2010 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
well for what its worth, my daughter just called and the college is streaming the graduation live on the website so even if i am not able to be there in person, I will have a "better view" than her dad and brother ( who graduated last May from the very same school ( i did drive the whole 4 hours there and was so sick i ended up missing his graduation by staying at his apartment while he graduated..of course he "understood" but i don't forgive myself) who are going as well as an aunt, and uncle, her grandma, a great aunt..so there will be family represented...I'm just keeping fingers crossed.

Skeye...we are all soooooooooooooooooooooo proud of you..I pray the gods smile on you and for a graduation gift you awake next weekend and your pain is gone...wouldn't that be the best!!
sick and tired of being sick and tired

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   Posted 5/13/2010 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Catahoula,
Boy, that was some reaction alright. The drs explanation sort of makes sense when thinking about it. At least I hope all of this has passed and you are on your way to getting some badly needed relief. So, you are still having side effects from your new pain medication, darn. How long have you been on it, seems like at least two weeks or so. Is this new medication pill form or capsule? Since the dose was cut in half and you feel the pain creeping back in, my thinking was if pill form, why not ask the dr about cutting the normal second pill in half or better yet into fourths and perhaps adding the half pill or the one fourth pill  to the first one, just a thought, maybe the dr would agree to letting you try this. Maybe by doing that way it would not be too much, just a thought. My PM drs allows me to cut my pain pills in half or however they need to be cut according to how severe the pain is. I am a weird one with medications, sometimes the a whole pill will knock me for a loop or sometimes it may not, its a real crap shoot with me, lol. I seem to remember you having a wacky system too when it comes to medications. I would just like to see you get some good pain relief you have suffered for such a long time.
I have been MIA from the forum too, I am battling cellulitis in both legs again, a bad flare up with the crohns disease, psoriasis outbreaks from hell and a nice eye infection to top it off. I feel like crap in more ways than one and have to limit sitting at the desk because of these fats legs & feet. I m miserable, I know that.
I hope you get some reflief from the injection. Don't beat yourself up for not being able to attend the graduation, its not like you stubbed your big toe and can't make it. Is there a possibility of flying there instead of riding in a car that far? Take care of yourself.

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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   Posted 5/14/2010 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
the embeda is in capsule form so doc told me to try just taking one 30 mg a day instead of 2. Didn't work as the pain was so great by 11 am yesterday I ended up back on my 2 a day and spent my morning sleeping again and then another nap this afternoon. I will call the doc on monday. Right now the choice seems to sleep or be in pain until we can hopefully adjust the dose. There is a 20 mg cap so maybe it will be the ticket.
I have been thinking all day about my daughters graduation and sooo want to be there. There is no flight that would work. Its more the time element. I'm good sitting up for about 20 minutes to1/2 hour and then I have to lay down or the head starts its thing. Its the 4 hour car ride that I dread. The choice now is, do the drive and pray I can get through it but darn it...I've had this 10 years know..I know what happens... and then they want to go out to eat after...She has to be at work at 3 pm so it would be a rush and the last thing I want is everyone "fussing over me" when its suppose to be her special day. She told me yesterday shed' just as soon as go to McDonalds'...Maybe I'm making more out of it being the guilty mom.... If I stay home I get to watch it front row in front of the computer live and see the whole thing and even talk to her on her phone right up until she goes on stage to get her diploma. If I try to make the ride, I could end up sleeping it off in the parking lot and miss the whole thing...AAARRRRGGGGHHHHH...... I just want to do the right thing. I just don't know what that is anymore.
I have to 330 am tomorrow to be magically cured. It COULD happen ya know!

sick and tired of being sick and tired

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