Posted tagged ‘Lumbar Epidural Injection’

Yes, I’m a Redneck

August 9, 2012

I had a terrible time with my back and fibro Tuesday night and Wednesday.  Once I have an Epidural Injection it feels better that day then inflammation sets in at the site about a day or so after and it causes extreme pain. The doctor told me the first time he gave me the epidural injection that with my fibro it was going to traumatize the site and it would last about a day.  He knew what he was talking about.  This is a normal thing for people with fibro.  If I stub my toe, hit my knee on something, fall, etc. it causes the pain to radiate from the site of the injury throughout my body.

Today my back pain is low and I enjoyed the morning outside watering and playing in my flower beds.  🙂   I praise God for each and every “good” day that I have.  My fatigue is better, but I always have to rest in the afternoon.  A “good” day for me is normally light housework, errands, or occasionally shopping in the morning, resting/sleeping in the afternoon, spending time with my family in the evening, and early to bed.

Oh, I learned something new this week.  A nurse asked me if I had an autoimmune disease and I told her “Yes, I have fibromyalgia”.  She said that she could tell by the redness on my neck (Yes, I’m a Redneck).   I told her that my dermatologist said it was Rosacea and I didn’t realize that it was related to my fibro.  Here is a link with information:  http://fatigue-cfs.com/Fibromyalgia/Rosacea-Fibromyalgia.html

So, I  am curious….. for those of you that have Fibromyalgia/Lupus do you also have Rosacea?

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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