I went for an epidural yesterday, to Pain Management, an anesthesiologist for my lower back that has been awful for years - can't even tell you how long, as long as I can remember. Pain meds that I take do not take the pain away, only lessen it a bit. After a complete history and then a little discussion, she decides to do the epidural, which normally takes less than 10 minutes. I go into the procedure room, oh and she does it fluouroscopically, so that it is a lot more accurate. The others I have had, which total 6 or 8, don't remember, were never done under x-ray. Long story short, ONE HOUR LATER, I emerge from the procedure room and I was a mess. The pain was unbearable. She told me it is because I've been taking narcotics for so long for all the pain, that my body has stopped producing hormones or chemicals to stop pain. All I know is I saw stars. The reason it took so long was she kept stopping and giving me more numbing agent. She was truly wonderful, very patient, very, very good.
Bottom line: I woke this morning to NO PAIN in my lower back, for the first time in years and years! I don't know how long this will last, but I am headed out the door for a pain free walk (God willing). I have been up now for 40 minutes and have yet to take any kind of pain med...this has not happened in 22 years!
Just had to share,