3rd Injection, Feeling okish.

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   Posted 7/1/2011 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had the last of my first series of epidural injections into my lumbar spine, and for once I think maybe I am feeling a bit of relief. The first injection helped a little bit and then quickly diminished in effect, and the second one didn't seem to help at all. This time, I felt awful the day after the injection--I suppose after the local wore off--but now I am feeling a bit better.

I'm hoping this actually helps me out a bit longer, since its the last injection in this series at least. I just scheduled classes for August at my local college so I can hopefully go back to doing something with my time instead of just sitting around in pain. Cross your fingers for me, I guess. lol

I'm hoping everyone else is doing ok and having a decent day. :3

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   Posted 7/1/2011 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope it just keeps on getting better for you as time goes on. You know the third one may well be the lucky number for you. I think its great you are looking ahead to getting back in class.

Have a good weekend and relax and let that medication work for you.
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   Posted 7/1/2011 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so glad the injections are helping you a bit. It is tough to get that sweet spot, just a touch in a different direction can make all the difference. Even done under floroscope its hard to hit the exact same spot.

In my experience, I think injections either work great for people or not at all. For me I have to much going on, he would need a box of needles to hit all the spots,lol. The most I had at once was 8 facet joint injections, that included 16 sticks, ouch!

My dr does his injections in the office with no sedation under the floroscope, so no need for the entire hospital trip. I would get my injections wait 30 min and then drive home myself.

I wish you good pain control with this set of injections, sounds good so far!!

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   Posted 7/1/2011 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Stray & Shell.

I'm still feeling ok tonight, just trying to relax while hoping stuff works out.

I'm glad I didn't have to have several injections done at once, it sounds like a lot of 'work'. I don't know if I could do that, especially if it didn't really help out. But sometimes I feel like I would try anything if it helped me at all. lol!

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   Posted 7/1/2011 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on the relief. I'm so happy that it's working for you. I'm praying for better relief as time goes on. You take care and try to relax all you can.

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   Posted 7/2/2011 12:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mister~~

I wish you the best going back to school. Learning, especially at a local college, is one of my favorite things. No matter what age you can find something interesting and/or fun to learn and do. Or you can get started on a degree program close to home.

Some of the non-credit/extended education classes are great fun. Everything from white water rafting to photography, ballroom dance or quilting can be found at most schools. It's a no stress situation to take these since grades are not an option....just fun.

Will keep fingers and toes crossed for you and please keep us posted on your schooling when you go back.

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   Posted 7/2/2011 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I will have to chime in here and agree with Chutz about taking classes and going back to school. I know when I first went on disability, I tried taking some classes and quickly found I just could not sit through a class in their chairs and had to drop the class. But not to be beaten by that situation. I decided to try a different avenue, and tried taking classes that did not require you sit in a class room. I had alway been interested in wood carving and art stuff, so I checked out the art department at the local junior college, and enrolled in a sculpture class. It was great very little sitting and allot of moving around. The professor was very understanding of my situation, and even had other help me carry and move the stone when we were doing stuff in that medium.  I quickly realized that to do sculpture they required us to draw the piece we wanted to make first, and I could not draw, so I then took a drawing class before going on to sculpture II, I continued taking all the sculpture classes untill I had to give it up on account of increasing weakness and losing the ability to hold my arms out in front of me to do the sculpture.  I then set my sites on just taking the drawing classes and the pottery classes. I took all the drawing classes they had to offer, but the pottery classes required to much arm use, and I just could not do that! 
Anyway it is great that you are going back, and if you find you can not do the classes, then look for something different that they might have available to you that you can do. It is great getting out of the house and I really enjoyed being around with the younger folks, and I think we learned allot from each other.
Good Luck to you and I hope that these injections work for you!
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