You ended up canceling, didn't you? I wanted to let you know that I'm scheduled for injections on May 25th. It's supposed to be injections of lydacane (sp?) followed by injections of cortisone, and it's given with x-ray guidance. (My problems are at L4 and L5 and one of my SI joints is fused). I was instructed that someone has to drive me. I am nervous, but I feel like I don't really have anything to lose. The neurosurgeon doesn't want to do surgery. He said I should try this first (the recovery from surgery, he says, will feel like I've been hit by a bus for six weeks). I will let you know how it goes if you like.
I did have dh drive me, but I would have been ok. It was just an abundance of caution.
The initial injection was ok. First there was numbing spray. Then a small sting. The part that hurt was when he pushed in the steroid. I'd already had that same shot 2x in my foot, so I knew roughly what to expect in my back. This was L3-L4. I might have to have L5 done, too.
I didn't feel relief at first, but today I do notice improvement.
Tell you what the podiatrist did that the back dr didn't do: she kept yacking during the shot, and it did help distract me. I guess the dr felt he had to focus, so maybe you could take your ipod in and play some tunes? I'll try to remember to do that next time if I do this again.
(It would be interesting to do a music therapy study to see what kind of music is best for this procedure. Since the chatty podiatrist wasn't exactly soothing, my guess is that something pretty energetic is more distracting than something more calm.)
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Keiki: b. 2002 after 3 months bedrest
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Olivia: b. 1999 d. 1999
28-week preemie, ptl cause unknown
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