I wanted to say that I am sorry you are stuck in a pain cycle right now. That can make already long days even longer! *hugg* I saw that you mentioned it was your first time recieving injections? A long time ago when I received my first series of injections, I was only given a small amount. I was also asked to fill out a pain journal for those first few days. Once my doctor, at that time, received the information from the journal, then, he went ahead and gave me full doses of cortisteroids about 3 weeks later. It was back when I only had 1 levoscoliosis 3 years ago (I have multiple progressive scoli curves now). The steroids were a God send for nearly 2 years, before my problems became so progressive that I had reached my limit on number of epidural cortisteroids within a given time (severity of deformity is a problem too). about the 4th day the difference was subtle. By day 5 I could finally breathe again and by day 6-7 I was back into action with only moderate pain and on bad day, moderately severe in the evenings. For me, that was a really big deal. Lately they have been avoiding my "normal" series. I have to wait to see what all my latest images say.
I really hope someone can come buy with their experiences regarding nerve ablation. I have heard some wonderful things. I met a lady who had it done and it was 6 months before she had to have the area treated again. She was still on pain meds of course as she had pain in other areas. She said it was a big decrease in meds for her. I have heard some bad things though. Some folks only get a small amount of relief for a short period of time. Other have so many other problems that ablation of a few nerves didn't make a notable difference.
I really hope you get some lasting relief this time. It sounds like you have been enduring the pain "express" (cycle) for a very long time. You will be in our hearts here, no doubt. Will you let us know how it goes?
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