It's been a while since I have updated everyone with my health issues….I really don't share too much I suppose…but I had an Epidural today and thought I would share the experience with you all….not that it was eventful….but just a refresh of information for those who may be getting one of these in the near future.
I have had a total of six prior Epidurals….three in my Cervical….three in my Lumbar area of the back. All three of my lumbar Epidurals provided little or no relief….and I had a Double Lumbar Fusion back in March of 2010…and ended up with FSB (failed back syndrome)
….now, …all the Epidurals in my Cervical area have provided relief and for several months, however, the last one (Cervical) I had was in 2009 just a few months prior to my Lumbar Fusion in 2010….and it provided good relief while I was recovering from my surgery….and that was the reason for it. I did not want to deal with Cervical pain while I was recovering from the Lumbar Fusion.
The Epidural I got in 2009 was done without sedation!….and let me tell you that was a rough Epidural. I told the Dr I wanted sedation, but he convinced me that it was not needed. He could not have been more wrong…and quickly left the room as I was squawking at him. He made note in my records to sedate me the next time.
Today was my fourth Epidural in the Cervical area, and I told my PCD to make sure whoever he used for his patients, that I wanted sedation. No problem!
The clinic called yesterday to confirm my appointment…and I again asked if they use sedation…the nurse or receptionist said sure!... no problem!…just make sure you have a driver. So at this point…I'm thinking all is cool!
I show up at the clinic…filled out paperwork….and again asked about
the sedation……and the nurse said we seldom if ever use sedation…..this is where my eyebrows narrowed, and I stood firm and said "No sedation, …no Epidural Period!" "I'm serious!"
She said she would talk to the Dr about
it….and I said I will walk out if there is no sedation! Now…really all of the nurses and receptionist were wonderful and very pleasant to deal with here….but at this point I was getting worried worried as I had taken off work and really needed some possible relief from my neck pain.
…In comes the Dr…a really nice man…asked a little bit about
my health history…checked out my arm strength and so forth..and then asked if I had any questions……I said just one!…are you willing to sedate me….and I added if not,…we won't be doing this today. I told him of my last experience with one of the other Dr there at that clinic…and told him to check his notes on it. He said I generally do not use sedation….but am willing to do so…but I cannot knock you completely out. No Problem I said! …just make sure you give me something. We were set!
…five minuets later in comes a nurse and sticks a vein in my hand…in go two shots,…one I know was versed….the other I'm not sure…but within 60sec's or less it hit! …and that my good friends is the last thing I remember! I woke up as the nurse was lifting me up off the pillow….and I was thinking they were getting ready to start…LOL…nope!... they were done! Wahoo! Deborah..walked me out to the Jeep, and off we went to eat lunch.
Now,…I know this is a lengthy post for just a simple procedure…but there is a point to it all….and that is,….if you need sedation for a procedure like this….don't let a Dr dictate what will and will not happen as to sedation. Trust me!…. they want your money for this procedure…and I'm guessing most will not let you walk out the door without getting what you need. Stand your ground…there is no need to suffer through one of these procedures! I will not ever allow it again! Ever! Some of you can handle the Epidurals just fine…I cannot! I got tricked once…never again. Sedation can be done…and not to the point that you are knocked completely out,…but just enough to make it more bearable.
Now, while I do not remember anything after the injection of versed…my wife said I answered all questions of the Dr during the epidural. So odd!…as I do not remember a thing! LOL
I was very nice with all of the nurses and receptionist..and the DR..and actually joked with them…had them laughing too!…I did not create a scene…about
my bid for sedation….but I did stand my ground…and trust me I meant it. There is no need to scream and holler if things are not going right….just state your needs for comfort and if that cannot be met…then the choice is yours…either walk…or suffer.
It's ok to respect Dr for their experience, schooling…certificate's and all….but you should not have to accept poor bedside manners….especially if you are suffering. Maybe I got lucky today…I don't know…but I made it clear from the get-go of my request for sedation, and was firm in it….maybe that made the difference. All in all…it was a very pleasant experience…..wonderful nurse's, and Dr….and I did not have to suffer needlessly…and that is the way it should be.
….now, I'm praying this will kick in, and start working in about
two weeks. I may need another…and if so, I will again request sedation. Many patients do better getting the second injection…but again for many Epidurals do nothing. I have experienced both.
I hope this experience will help others who may be getting one of these procedures done….there is no need to suffer needlessly.
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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 4/12/2012 12:31:20 AM (GMT-6)