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Shots!! Make the Pain Go Away…… PLEASE!!

September 28, 2012

I have been having so much back pain and hip pain that I have been getting Lumbar Epidural Injections and today I was sent to see an Orthopaedic Surgeon.  He ended up giving me a steroid shot in my bursitis area in my left hip.  He says that my left hip is covered in arthritis, bone spurs, pinching the nerve that causes my sciatica nerve issues.  My bruise is lovely that I got today.  The steroid shot  helped me so much by noon that I was doing little projects that I haven’t been able to do (just light work).  THEN, I went outside to get the mail and the grass was wet.  When I came back in I walked across our living room carpet in my tennis shoes, then onto the tile in the kitchen.  I made it by the refrigerator and fell so hard on my right knee and my left hip.  I pulled the area that had been hurting so much before the steroid shot in my hip.   AARRGG.  I was so upset that I called my husband to come home early to be with me.  I was in the floor crying, I was pissed, in pain, frustrated because every time it seems I get better I get knocked down with pain or fatigue in some way.  Right now I am pretty sick of this Fibro thing, the hip issue, and the back issue.  Someone make it go away!!!  They say that I will eventually need back surgery.  I won’t get pain relief from the sciatic nerve until I have the back surgery.  The nerve is being pinched so badly that all it knows to do is PAIN.  I also have the bulging disc, lots of arthritis, degenerative spurring, ventral flattening of the thecal sac, degenerative changes are most prominent at L4-L5 where there is a broad posterior and left foraminal disc protrusion with bony spurring.  There is moderate to severe left foraminal stenosis at L4-L5 with displacement and compression fo the exiting left L4 nerve root.  So……. sometime in the future I will be having back surgery.  They say this is the only thing that will help relieve my back and sciatica nerve pain.  I think I will try the shots for a while and when I just can’t stand it anymore – I wll schedule the surgery. 

So tell me – have you taken pain pills, pain shots, epidural injections for pain, steroid shots?  Tell me your experience I would love to hear it.

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Epidural Injection for Back Issues

August 7, 2012

Yesterday I had my 4th Lumbar Epidural Injection for my lower back pain.  I have had back pain for years but just thought it was part of my FIBRO.  My rheumatologist sent me a few months ago to have an MRI on my lower back and I find out I have:

-Degerative Disc & Facet Disease (especially L4 & L5)

-Protruding Disc with Bony Spirring

-Stenosis in L4 & L5 with Displacement and Compression of the Exiting Left L4 Nerve Root

Well….. isn’t that nice?  I say that sarcastically, but it is nIcE in a sTrAnGe way.  I had my series of 3 epidural injections with the last one in May.  I had SIGNIFICANT relief in one week!!  So I was able to get rid of some of my pain and at least the back pain has nothing to do with my severe fibromyalgia.  I was given steroid, short-term pain medicine, and long-term pain medicine.  They never know how long this will help an individual, but I have talked to a few that have gotten relief for 3 to 5 years.  My pain returned after 3 months, but it was a GLORIOUS 3 months with little back pain!  I was told that some patients may have to go every 3 months since the medication works differently in each patient.  The anesthesiologist told me that since I am back within the 3 months that it meant that I was getting most of my pain relief from the steroid.  He told me that I would be a good candidate for back surgery by reviewing my issues and that it could potentially help my issues for long-term.  I am not excited in the least about the possibility of having back surgery, but it would be so nice to FINALLY be able to “FIX” something.  I have found with Fibromyalgia there is not much that you can “FIX”.  I hear that there is research being done that could one day be able to help fibro patients and I welcome the day.  There are medicines that help some people with fibro, there are some people who have a touch of fibro, and there are people like me that take medicine that helps a wee bit but still suffer from constant pain.  So with all the stuff that I have going on with my lower back is kind of a “good thing”, because it is something that can be “FIXED”.

Isn’t it weird how perspective can change depending on how you are affected and the pain that you endure daily? 


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