Originally posted 2019-02-28 11:55:27.
I know you’re like “there’s an upside to pain?” My theory is that means things aren’t completely dead in there.
I might feel pain but once I don’t that could lead to nothing, paralysis, no walking, no feeling the touch upon my skin.
That my friends is why I said the upside of pain.
Ok, so as you know I had a medical procedure done last Wednesday.
It was an epidural steroid injection,(ESI) which is a minimally invasive procedure that can help relieve neck, arm, back, and leg pain caused by inflamed spinal nerves due to spinal stenosis or disc herniation.
The doctor said I should start feeling less pain once the steroids start doing their job. Only problem is I have had an increase in pain.
I am not necessarily upset about that. My reason you ask?
Let me explain, as the doctor was doing her thing she ran into problems. There wasn’t enough space where she needed to go and then in one area she couldn’t push through at all.
Part of it was because of my spinal fusion. It’s really fused in that area, like really really, lol. Even she said that lol.
Then because of spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine.
The steroids work to decrease inflammation of your spine. Which in turn should decrease the pressure put of nerves.
Mine however, is so narrow the needle barely fit. It should be around the size of a small pinky finger.
I know the steroids have reduced inflammation but that also came with increased feelings.
I feel more, which I am thankful for but I do hurt more.
This was the first of 3.
Then unfortunate as it is, we have to talk about fusion in other areas of my spine. Two of my discs above my fusion are almost nonexistent.
C’est la vie…