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pain managemment

Started by Strhuntrss on 02/15/2015 2:18am

My Neuro and orthopedic drs want me to start steroid injections in my neck.
I am on a regiment of oral meds. Pain, nerve, and muscle relaxers.

Has anyone ever had steroid injections in the neck to get t he inflammation down?

If this doesn't work, it's on to surgery for fusion.

I have already had in Nov, L4-L5 laminectomy and fusion surgery.
I'm still in recovery stage. Not allowed to go back to work yet. Lifting patients and a lot of bending.
They told me it would be best if I found other work.

I'm a bit nervous about the injections.
Thanks for your input.


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my wife had injections in her neck and they helped her a lot.. she got a lot of relieve with the injections....


Thank you Lost,

That is encouraging. I want to stay away from surgery for as long as I can.


Hi I am so sorry you are having so much trouble getting the right kind of treatment. I broke C-2 through C-6 and T-6, T-7 in Afganastain I was in the Marine Corps for 24 years the injury ended in my career. My pain is manged with a pain pump with clonidine and dilaudid. I have hade several facet injection and they do work for a while, for maybe a month. I was told they would last 3 months. I believe you can only have three injections a year. If I we're you I would contact Medtronic you can find them on the internet. I would ask for a list of Doctors in your area that implant pain pumps. My life has turned 180 degrees since I had my mine put in. If you need anything else you can email me at kmshirel@ me.com. I will be praying for you. God bless and hang in there you will get it figured out.


Hello Kevin,

I'm so sorry to here that your career ended because of surgery and pain. And I would like to Thank You for your service! (hugs) to you too.

My pcp has suggested I see a psychiatrist for my pain. I have someone local so I don't have to go out of town. I'm not a fan of meds, but I understand why I need them.

I'm going for my injection for my neck on Friday morning. They told me, as you said, that they can only give me three. That it was the limit my body can handle.

I will discuss the pain pump with him. Thank you for suggesting it and I will check it out on line.

Thank you for prayers. God is the great physician and he heals and or helps us to endure it.

Prayers and blessings to you!


Don't you hate when your spell checker doesn't work. I meant to say physiatrist.


I had my first Esi in my neck on Friday. Have to say it wasn't that bad as far as painful.
I did have some swelling at the injection site. Instructions said not to drive, make any tough decisions or sign important papers. To take it easy but the next day I could resume regular activities without restrictions.

Have to say I was a bit wired as if someone gave me caffeine in my veins, lol.
By late the next day even my arthritic knee was not bothering me. I felt like I could lick the world.
I was pain free. Haven't felt like that in a really long time. Shame it doesn't last.

It is now Monday night and I am feeling the pain in my neck and down my arm again. And I have had several muscle spasms in my upper back. Think it is from my lumbar back surgery in November. The surgeon told me my spine would be adjusting to the new hardware. I have tried chiropractic, physical therapy, traction, and massage therapy. All temporary relief.

I have two other injections scheduled. One in two weeks and another next month.
The doctor will assess me at that time. He said I could only have three in a year. The steroids do a number on your bones. It can give you osteoporosis. I don't have that and I don't want it.

Flexeril helps me at night but I can't take it during the day. Makes me sleepy. Gabapentin for nerve pain, and Ultram for pain.

I have baclofen for daytime. I miss my Norco. It controlled my pain level and I was able to be more functional. My husband even said I was back to my old self again.

I can't get it anymore because of the restrictions placed on doctors. My pcp recommended I see a
psychiatrist for pain management next month. She said he might be able to prescribe it to me. I'm praying that he can give me my life back. Shame we find something that helps us, and they take it away.
Well, as anything else in life, I guess we have to bear it as best we can.
The only other thing I haven't tried is acupuncture. Running out of money.

Don't get me started on that subject. I need a reimbursement for failed treatment. Hmmm
Guess not :(