I am a newby and this is the first time I have ever joined a forum for help and answers. I'm so overwhelmed by my whole experience and I see I am not alone. I have worked in the medical field most my working days. I was injured last year and suffered bulging disks and a herniation. I have been in severe pain since last august even with the use of norco's. Which I have had to take lightly due to a pre-existing cardiac condition. I couldn't take muscle relaxers or anything so I have had to do alot of suffering and I'm lucky to get 4 hrs of sleep a night.
FINALLY, I was seen on Monday and given a ESI in my L3 & L4 area. The relief from pain was pretty much instant, however, I went back to the hotel room and two hours later I awoke from my nap with Cardiac Arrythmia Tachycardia. I was rushed to the ER where my pulse stayed at 120 for 5 long hours. Due to the ER doc not being able to get ahold of the doc that did the proceedure they do not know what was used in the injection and if epi was given with the injection and if it is the water soluable or long lasting shot.
Those answers I will find out this friday from my primary doc who I had a follow up with today. he requested the info. My tachycardia lasted for 7 hrs. They bolused me with IV fluids and monitored me till my heart rate came back down.
I have since had another smaller attack and some periods of anxiety. I read that alot of people have hot flashes but I'm the opposite, Ive been freezing my hands and feet like ice. I feel so icky its not even funny. Even with the pain being gone I am finding it brutally hard to recommend this to anyone.
I have looked and I could not find one thing in writing that stated it would cause rapid heart rate so I was just wondering if anyone else had an experience like that. Did it take long for the episodes to stop? I did not have any sedatives prior to the injection. I opted out because of the added risk factors. I'm sure my heart condition didnt help, although my cardiologists did approve the proceedure.
I can tell you I will NEVER do it again. To me its not worth the risk. I'm going to start physical therapy next week and I will request decompression therapy instead. I will try anything from here on out but no more drugs are going in my body. If the pain returns I will have to live with it :-( I am so sorry that I see so many people suffering from similar issues regarding injections. My heart goes out to everyone and thank you!
(I took the liberty of splitting up your post, as it makes it easier to read for many of our members) Thanks! SE
Post Edited By Moderator (Screaming Eagle) : 6/21/2012 9:01:10 AM (GMT-6)