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Getting a little nervous right now.

Nov 15, 2015 5:30 PM

Okay, so most of you know what has been going on with my back already. Was in a MVA on 12/1 of last year. Have gone through hell with it already. First MRI in January showed herniated disc. There wasn't one. Went through a month of PT in January, then got referred to a "spine specialist"-haha(what a joke). Then began almost 6 continous months of PT for core strengthening. That helped a bit, but not enough. Got referred for a second MRI in May. MRI showed nothing, so ortho basically washed his hands of me. Got referred to pain management in May after 2nd MRI. First set of shots in July of this year(L4-S1)-facet joint only. Bilateral SI joint injections in September and one more set coming up in 4 days(eek). I have been through this before but I must say that is does not get any easier. I know this one is going to hurt like hell and there's nothing I can do about it except grit my teeth and deal with it. Don't have any anti-anxiety meds right now(oops). Can anybody send me some good thoughts/vibes please? Would be much appreciated right now.

Nov 15, 2015 6:28 PM

I'm sorry about not being able to find relief. Hugs to you!! And trying taking a warm bath with no lights or dim lights to help with anxiet .

Nov 15, 2015 7:16 PM

I know this might sound absolutely crazy but I think I'm going to call pain management in the morning to see if they can schedule it without any sedation. The last two times it has made me really sick after and I would prefer not to do that again if possible.

Nov 15, 2015 7:21 PM

If they say no you could ask them if they could just use a lesser amount of it. It could just be the amount they use that make you sick. Or even the type they us . Their might be other options.

Nov 15, 2015 7:52 PM

Sorry Amanda. Urgh. I don't have any words of advice other than try to focus on the fact that it will be painful as heck, but only for a certain period of time st that level. Hopefully this can help your anxiety . Good vibes milady!

Nov 15, 2015 8:10 PM

Thanks Jess. I've learned something. Going through a hell of a lot this year is both strength and character building for me already. Just have to kind of roll with the punches.

Nov 16, 2015 5:00 PM

They have to give my husband anti nausea along with the sedation. They also offer pills for afterwards.

Nov 16, 2015 5:29 PM

One thing that might help with the anxiety is to wrap your mind around a distraction. I've used great books, cooking something unhealthy, edge-of-the-seat movies, even (fairly loud) concert music with headphones on and lights off. I have found that trying to force a mellow attitude, to try hard to be relaxed and to ignore the anxieties as they scratch at the doorways to my thoughts, is nearly impossible. (Like trying not to think about a purple dinosaur.) However, when I feed my mind with things that keep it riveted where I want it to be, then my thoughts tend not to drift into the areas of concern.
I've been wrestling with pain for a little bit more than ten years, with three operations, multiple injections (which had to stop after we discovered that I had raging reactions to steroids), and several treks through alternative options. In that time I have found that extensive external distractions--preferably things that require some form of activity for the hands (if you are watching a string of movies, then having popcorn, knitting, a deck of cards to shuffle, etc.) will help keep the bulk of my concerns at bay. (Although some do still creep in, and when I notice that I either bring my focus back to my entertainment, or I switch stimuli.)

Nov 17, 2015 7:45 AM

Amanda, I've had them with and without sedation. I'll take sedation anytime, because without it really hurt like crap!! I let my doc know about nausea and he changed to use another sedative and decreased the amount. Try and use relaxation music to stay calm. Getting tense and nervous will make it hurt worse. RiDave & the others have good ideas to. Hugs, positive vibes & prayers for you! 🙏🌼

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