Hi Bill, I don't envy you that truck ride! A thousand miles with a hurtiing back is really going to be rough! Try your best to take it easy as you can. You know I don't think I have ever gotten more than three weeks of relief from any of the epidural injections I have had. I know allot of people claim they get allot more time out of them, but for me, I never have! I just finished up my third injection of three a couple of weeks ago and I got some relief but I don't think it was near enough to justify all the trouble of getting them in the first place. I know they're suppose to ease the inflamation process and thus reduce the pain, but I don't think they really do anything to actually reduce the problem that causes the inflamation and pain in the first place! So the pain is always going to come back if there is a cause that making the inflamation and thus the pain. At least that is the way it has been explained to me. Untill the cause of the inflamation and pain is taken care of or fixed the pain is always just lurking there.
I sure wish you luck on your trip, be safe!
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!