I do hope you get to feeling better, I have been around and I post now and then, but not like I used to, I have been under going some tests and had a third epidural in my neck a month ago, as well as a steroid injection into my right hip a week or two ago, this past thursday ( yesterday) I went to my monthly refill appointment and talked with my pain doctor, he reviewed everything and wants me to see some surgeons the the 15th I see an orthopedic surgeon for my hip I have already had the MRI on it and the arthrogram,( actually 2 arthrograms they messed up the first one and did not get the dye in the right place, so 3/4 through the MRI with the dye they stopped and I had to come back four days later to have it redone, and they ended up having to have the head of the radiology department come in and do the injection, as the other guy just could not get the needle in the right place) anyway the results show that the hip is really messed up! My pain doc gave me a steroid injection into the hip but it did nothing! So now it is time for the surgeon to take a look at it! As for my neck I had seen a surgeon about my C-3 disk several months ago and he was not convinced that even though C-3 is bad, that it was causing my pain problems so he did not want to do the surgery, he wanted Physical therapy to work on me first, so I done the physical therapy and they really messed me up bad, , and they quit at 5 sessions when I was suppose to have 12, anyway after that fiasco, I convinced my pain doc to do one more epidural to give me some relief! Which he did and like before I got just a little over 3 weeks of good pain relief, and now it is back with a vengeance! He will do No more epidurals and as my pain doc said before, surgery as in having another ACDF at C-3, is the only thing that will help! So he is sending me to a different surgeon, they faxed everything over to this new neurosurgeon at this other hospital, as he wanted to review everything before making an appointment, as they thought I might need to have a new MRI of my cervical spine done , because the last one was in February. But his office called late yesterday afternoon with an appointment for the first of October. If it isn't one thing it is another! It is a toss up as to which is worse the pain in the back of my head and upper neck or my hip! If I have a choice I think I will have my neck fixed first, as I will not be laid up all that long.
Now If that isn't enough my gastroenterologist has caught up with me, I was suppose to have my annual colonoscopy last March, ( I hate those things the prep is the worst! and I was hoping I could maybe go two years) well when I tried to get my meds refilled for my ulcertive colitis, he said I would have to make an appointment with him first and then he only renewed it till my appointment date. So I see him the 13th! I know what that means, I will have to get scheduled for a roto rooter job!, I guess I will have to find some one to go with me when I have it done, as I will have to have a driver. You know, so far I have been able to get by with out one when I have my epidurals, since I do not take the xanax or anything when I get them, so I am not sleepy or loopy or anything. I must admit they are not pleasant, but not all that bad either! The epidurals at C-3 are the worst! But I have always been able to walk out and drive after having them! But when they do the epidural at C-3, they put the needle in at C-6 and then thread a cath up the spinal canal to c-3 and inject the steroid. Heck I was even able to drive after the arthrograms! But it is not pleasant having that needle stuck into your hip joint through the groin, but it is not intolerable either! Anyway that is what I have been up to lately! And my hip is killing me from sitting here so long typing! My hands and fingers do not work very good either and it takes me along time to type!( I have been working on this post for close to 2 hours now!) Ha I guess I am getting old!
Thank You Chart and all of you for your concern!
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, 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 I am White Beard with a White Beard!