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   Posted 5/6/2011 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hiya guys

Well what can I say, what a day I have had. Got to the hospital at 9am and had to wait until 11.30am to be seen. So in I went and the not so nice pain consultant from last time must of had a happy pill because he was ever so nice this time, a complete change. He said I have looked at your MRI scan results, has anyone gone through them with you and I said yes you did a couple of weeks ago, to which he replied no I could not of as the results have only just arrived ( I was the one who gave him the results as he didnt have them at my last appointment) so I thought oh just leave him to it and dont get yourself worked up over it as he was being nice today. He told me he would not be doing the facet joint injections because it was clear from the MRI results that I have a disc which is trapping the nerve and that was what was causing my pain down my leg- sciatica.

So he said he was changing the procedure he was doing to a caudal injection and that he was also going to send a letter of referral for surgery just like my other consultant has. So procedure was carried out felt ok wasnt too much pain so was happy about that. The problem came when they tried to move me, my blood pressure dropped drastically, I felt very sick and dizzy so it was action stations from all sides. I can laugh about it now but at the time it was not funny at all. They had to give me an anti sickness drug, put me on a saline drip and strap me up to a blood pressure machine and oxygen. I was not allowed to leave until 2pm. While this is all going on my poor Dad is sitting in the waiting room for me and all they told him I would be in until about 1.30 - 2pm so he should go and get some lunch.

LOL so not a normal day in my world guys but hey I can laugh about it now. The pain has stopped down my leg but still have pain in my back. So keep your fingers crossed that it carries on for me.

Disc degenerative disease, L3/4 board disc bulge, L4/5 board disc bulge with significant nerve root compression on right L5 nerve root and also DDD at L5/S1. I also have an enlarged uterus with fibroids and have been a sufferer of psoriasis now for about 8 years.

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   Posted 5/6/2011 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you can laugh about things now; that's how I am - maybe not in the moment, either! - but sometimes I just gotta laugh about my life and how things go. :)
Overall, I'm glad you got what you needed.... that the doc was in a good mood (funny how they can have major mood swings huh??)... I have had a BP drop like that, and it does make you feel terrible in the moment.  Glad they got it back up w/ meds, fluids, etc. 
Anyway, rest up tonight and feel better... and I really pray that you'll see some good results from your procedure.
Love, Tina
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   Posted 5/6/2011 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a caudal injection a couple of weeks ago and had no trouble with it, except tailbone hurt when I sat on it for a week, because I have a tiny little behind with no padding, and my spine is right next to the skin. (I wish I did have a couple of pounds back there so I could fit into my jeans better!) I knew right away when I stood up that it was working - stopping my sciatica. Doc was asking if I was ready for surgery - NO!

It sounds like maybe you lost a little spinal fluid or something.

Another shot that helps is an epidural block at L5/S1. I think docs like the caudal because it is the easiest to do.

The only problems with these injections is they aren't cures, often don't last a really long time, and you can only have 3 a year or 6 months - depending on your doc's opinion.

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   Posted 5/7/2011 5:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Morning Sue!

Well....it sounds like all went well for you, with the exception of the BP drop. Were glad you stopped by for a report!

We sure hope this will give you some much needed relief, and that is last longer than 3 to 6 months! My last epidural lasted 12mo's

Did they sedate you?....or just use a local?

Take care, and again, we appreciate your posting!

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   Posted 5/7/2011 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the posts guys ((((((hugs)))))) to all

I got up today and I had hardly any pain at all, none in my leg at all today. I only have soreness in my back for now, but I have had a few sharp pains in my back, is that normal?

Screaming Eagle- no I was a very brave girl and had no sedation only local, but it was ok really. I would have one again but I would let them know what happened to me last time though. I really hope this works out for me aswell and lasts a long time fingers crossed.

Alcie - yes thats what the Dr said he thought it was aswell, loss of spinal fluid. The Dr did say I would only be allowed 3 in a year, I think that is why he is referring me aswell just incase. I do agree with you though lovie my butt is quite sore LOL.

Momto8kids - So true lovie I have to laugh at things like this or else I would cry, I always try to keep positive as I think it helps to keep me going. I know a BP drop is not nice at all now I have experienced it. But hey still laughing about it here LOL

Thanks again guys you are all wonderful and always make me welcome. I hope you all have a low pain day and here are some more gentle ((((((((hugs))))))) xxxxxxxx

Disc degenerative disease, L3/4 board disc bulge, L4/5 board disc bulge with significant nerve root compression on right L5 nerve root and also DDD at L5/S1. I also have an enlarged uterus with fibroids and have been a sufferer of psoriasis now for about 8 years.
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