Hi everyone, I just had my first epidural steroid injection in my lumbar spine due to my bulging discs/back pain. Well, this is day 3 after the shot and I'm still in pain. Right afterwards, I felt pretty good, I guess due to the numbness of the local anesthetic. But yesterday and today, I'm having lower back pain and rt buttuck pain, going down to the back of my thigh. Great. So I guess the injection didin't work? I understand that the steroid has to take effect and that may take a couple days, but this is Day 3. Should'nt it have kicked in by now?
I'm really getting frustrated. I know I've read that the injection doesn't work for everyone, so I must be one of those people. Now what? My pain meds are ordered by my primary doc and she isn't willing to increase them. My PM doesn't want to give me anything other than what my PCP is giving me, which is Lorcet 10/650 3 x day. I've been on same dose for about a year now. I feel like I need a long-acting opiate, but I hate to ask. I know my PCP will not prescribe that...and my PM doesn't want to rx for me since PCP is doing it. What do I do in this situation? It's very confusing to me...this is the REASON I was referred to PM. And I guess this stupid ESI was supposed to help, but it's not. I've tried ice and that just makes it "burn" and increases the pain. Then I try heat...that helps for a while. I don't know what else to do. My family thinks I'm supposed to be "fixed" now.
I'm just frustrating and venting here. I'm sick of this pain. And now it's even worse, especially when everyone thinks I'm "fixed"....
Well I hope you all are having a low pain day...Hugs to you all.
DDD, 3 bulging lumbar discs, bone spurs, facet joint arthrosis/sclerosis, osteoarthritis