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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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