Posted 5/18/2007 1:16 PM (GMT -6)
I had my medical procedure yesterday and I think it went well. They sedated me, only I don't think my body took the sedation because I felt no different. I was supposed to have that "I don't care attitude" and basically get amnesia and forget the whole thing. But I never got that, except after lunch I did sleep the whole day.
The first shot (that and the IV) hurt of course. It felt like everyone described it to me. Liquid fire. They had me lay on my stomach with my chest propped up on three pillows and my head nested on this jelly-like pillow. My arms were strapped down so I could not move, and my was chin tucked so they could easily get in between my spine. They used the x-ray machine to make sure they got the needle in between the vertebrae, and not too deep into the spinal cord, so that was reassuring. Then they stuck me. Ouch!
Then they put the cortisone in and it was over. Wasn't too bad at all. I asked the nurse if I could go to work and she said no, but if I did, not to tell her. I felt no difference at all, and maybe it is because my body didn't take the sedation. Then I had to wait in a room for 20 minutes to make sure I was okay.
My blood pressure was rather low, so they were concerned, but it was low when I first got in there, and it probably had to do with the fact I wasn't able to eat anything before I went in, and my small size. Since I didn't feel ill, they weren't too worried and let me go home once my friend signed my release paper.
A few hours later I felt pain in my back, and I am assuming it is probably because they had to poke through my muscles so I just put ice on it and took some pain medication. Today I am okay, still achy but am just taking it easy. So far so good so I feel pretty positve about it! I have another one scheduled in June.
My head still hurts and it is still too early in the day to tell if my neck hurts, but I will certainly keep you posted!