Just as with everything no everyone gets relief from these injections. So I am really asking advice for those that have had success. In 2008 I went to the chiropractor because I was having shooting pain from my neck through the shoulder and down my left arm to the point my first three fingers were numb. Like that feeling when you sleep on a limb. He performed multiple adjustments which made me feel worse not better. Then he decided to order an MRI to confirm his thinking of herniated disks. Well the MRI revealed three herniated disks in my neck. Two of them were severe and I basically have two choices, surgery or therapy with him. He promised he could cure me if I entered into a treatment contract for decompression chamber. This is NOT covered under insurance, costs 5,000, and for 110.00 (
opening a medical credit card line of credit) 4 years later it would be paid in full.
No way. I took my films to my GP, who gave me a mucle relaxer and steroid zip pak then sent me to physical therapy. Since I already had a pain management doctor treating me for a different pain condition, I made an appointment with him as well, for a month 1/2 date. The physical therapy group exists in the same office as my GP. The pt person did not want me to do a block just yet since he wanted to see if pt would help. That pt doc wanted me to purchase this special pillow, this special brace, this special tens unit. YIKES. WELL I kept the appt with my PM doc, and he took one look at my films and wanted me to go through the cervical epidural. So I scheduled for that Thurs. The pt doc wasn't thrilled, but he was ok with it since I was still struggling, but he demanded I return to PT on Monday. I did and within a week, the pt undid the effectiveness of the block, and I was in severe misery even with messages. It got so bad no one could touch me from mid back up to neck without me crying. So at my follow up with the PM, he said we said to repeat the block, and this time no pt until he signs off on it. So away I went and did the second block, and the pain went away and I felt good.
Two weeks passed and I went to the f/u appt. I asked if he wanted me to return to pt yet. And much to my surprise he said no way. Not now, not ever. He said he has seen more patients like me that pt does more harm than good. If I wanted to have adjustments to the lower back, perhaps, but never to my neck.
I have had 6 epidurals since 2008, all of them give me atleast 6 months of 80% pain releif. I feel good, can work, and only require a muscle relaxer and mild pain reliever for 100%.
I do not want surgery at this point in my life. My question is.. For those of you that have had them, and seem to be like me. Is there a down side to this method of treatment? My pain doc said that scar tissue can develop in some patients, but he has never had any patients that did. He is an innovative pain management doctor who is cutting edge and not into patients that want only drugs. I know that he is watching my other pain disorder for another study he is doing for Adhesion Related Pelvic Pain. So I trust him the most.
Anyone out there that have had multiple epidurals, and their outcomes. Sorry this is long, I just love the people here...
Hugs for a Pain Free Day, which will be a challenge due to the weather and plunging temps.... Susie