Hi nvrthesame98. I'm sorry you had such a terrible time with your procedure. And that does sound like a truly terrible time.
I've had four epidurals in the past five months. Mine were in my neck though. I was not put out for the procedure, just some Versed because of my rather extreme reaction to needles. That has me wondering if I'm talking about
the same thing. Assuming that I am though... Strong reactions to these injections are not completely unusual. I only had a reaction to my last one and it was not similar to yours. However my post procedure instructions did say that such reactions were a possibility.
I would say you got terrible support staff at that hospital. When I've done it I've been just slightly unsteady on my feet with irregular breathing and they've had a nurse walk me around the hospital a bit to make sure I was going to be ok. My hospital takes falls very seriously. If I actually fell there would be a group there to help in no time flat and I would be back in post-op for a long time while they made very sure everything was ok. And I don't think that's only my hospital, a lot of the forms for falls list some kind of big organization that handles the processes and procedures for falls at medical facilities.
I'm none to happy at your doctor either. Two hours to see you for a reaction that you had to a procedure that worried the hospital staff enough to bring you back to his office? Unacceptable. If he had been in another procedure that would be acceptable, but if he's just in his office he needs to make sure nothing has gone very wrong as quickly as possible. At least he was more helpful than anyone else.
I guess that's enough of my venting about
your medical staff, but I want you to know that the treatment you received is not what I would consider normal (or even acceptable) for this kind of procedure.
As far as not yet feeling an effect. First thing to know is that it takes 3-7 days before you'll feel the effects of the Cortisone. Also many people do not get a reduction in their pain symptoms until after a second shot. (With the second shot being soon after the first one, two weeks is usual.) I definitely understand not wanting to go through something like that again. It may still be an effective treatment for you though. Of course I'm not a doctor, so there's no way I could know one way or the other. One thing you might try if you decide to try the second injection is to see if your doctor does procedures at multiple hospitals. Maybe a less convenient but hopefully better staffed
location could give you better results. If nothing else, talk with your doctor and make sure you are lined up to have the staff ready for a similar reaction and to let you recover in the hospital before trying to shove you back out the door and into a car.
If you decide to do another one of these I sincerely hope it goes better than that last one. If I'm actually talking about
the right procedure, let me know if you have any other questions or if I didn't answer well enough. I did a lot of research before I did my epidurals. Sorry if my post got a little frazzled in the middle there. Poor medical care is apparently one of my push buttons, especially when it is to one of my fellow HW CPers. I strongly believe it is something no one should ever have to deal with. People in a hospital usually feel bad enough already without having to put up with that stuff.
Hope you were looking for something to read for a while.
Also hoping you're having a low pain night at least.