Has anyone had cortisone spinal injections that went wrong?
I was seen for lower back pain and right leg swelling by my Kaiser Primary for over 1 year and was sent to Pain Management. I was sent then to receive spinal cortisone injections without ever having any testing done. My first injection went ok after I felt a new pain briefly but it wouldn't last. 6 weeks later before the next inj I mentioned to the Dr this new pain but he said I probably just needed the next shot.
The next inj I felt great for 1 week then the worse I ever had. I again informed the Dr as I was about to get the third inj and again was told I probably needed this next one. Well after the inj I felt strange so I rested a few days then the pain started and was intense but in flashes but more frequent and eventually was nonstop. Also a few days following the inj my legs were numb and cold. Finally I was seen and referred to get MRI which immediately following was referred to a back surgeon right away. I spent 9 months waiting for surgery on morphine, Percocet and being fuzzy like I was in a tunnel. Surgery went ok but from waiting so long my knees blew out from walking weird. Aug 13 my left will get a total knee replacement then when I can handle it the right.
I feel as though I should have had testing done prior to injections though I have no idea what went wrong. All I know is I had pain not even close to the pain I had after injections. I was able to function with Motrin and ice packs on my way home from my jobs (Contractor) and today I am classified as 100% disabled.
If anyone has experienced anything similar or have comments I would appreciate your feedback.