Hi I am so sorry that you were treated the way you were! I personally would file a formal complaint with them about it! There is absolutely no excuse for the treatment you recieved, did they not know that you had a hearing impairment? Surely, your Doctors knows that you do, doesn't he? He should of notified everyone involve in your treatment about it, and they should have treated you accordingly! It is an absolute outrage that you were treated that way! Not to mention the injection! I do not understand why some Doctors choose to sedate their patients when doing the spinal injections, my PM Doctor does offer you the choice of taking or not taking, Xanax prior to getting an injection, ( I have only taken it once and it was not effective till well after the injection was over with) So I don't ever take it anymore! My Doctor does do lidocaine injections to numb up the surface skin and muscles before doing the actual epidurals. Those actually hurt the worst, but are not bad, and he always waits a few minutes for the lidocaine to work before proceeding with the epidural injections! Anyway I have had these steroid injection in just about every place imaginable in the spine, (from having nerve blocks in the base of my skull, to regular epidural spinal injections every where in the spine, including the thoracic area!) and I just had a steroid injection into my hip joint last week, and I have never ever been put out, or sedated or drugged up ( other than that one time with xanax) during any of these injections! I will admit they have not been overly comfortable, they have not been absolutely unbearable either! I think the worst ones I have ever had was number of years ago at a small rural hospital I worked at and the anesthesiologist was trying to give me a steroid injection at T-12 and he just could not get the needle placed correctly and after trying 4 times he ended up putting it in at L1/2! That was a terrible experience, and he never did another injection again to me!
Honestly though I think I would be scared to have an epidural spinal injection done while being sedated, if they hit the spinal cord or a nerve root, you would not know it till after the proceedure was over with,and the damage had be already done! But if you are awake and the needle is getting in the wrong area you would immediately know it and you would be letting the doctor know it too!. That guided flouroscopic immagery is only good to a certain point, and also the Doctors skill that is doing it.
Anyway nvrthesame98 I would be thinking about it really hard before I ever went back to him to have another injection done! Your treatment was just plain unacceptable! I do hope you are feeling better now! Good Luck to YOU..............White Beard
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