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Made it through that hell of a painful procedure

Sep 03, 2015 4:13 PM

Had my si injections about 2-3 hours ago and it literally feels like somebody kicked me in my butt with a steal toe shoe. I actually slept through most of it up to the point where she could not get the spinal needle into the correct placement but she finally got it in on the 3rd try. Had a nice little nap today, but no pain at this point.

Sep 03, 2015 10:42 PM

And on activity restrictions until Sunday morning. No excessive walking/standing(basically in bed)

Sep 04, 2015 9:22 PM

Rest and ice if needed on the injection to help swelling stay down, so they don't pinch nerves. Hugs 🙏🌼

Sep 04, 2015 9:58 PM

Flappys, okay so injection was yesterday. Is it normal to have increased pain after? It feels like someone kicked me in the ass with a boot at this point. Have been in bed off and on all day as per instructions. Have been doing Tylenol every 6 hours today just for the deep muscle pain on the right side. Holy hell, this sucks. Post op appointment on Tuesday afternoon that I had completely forgotten about making. Oh well, life shall go on.

Sep 04, 2015 10:04 PM

I did hurt and was instructed to use ice. When I returned for follow up the next week they said the swelling was what caused it and I should have iced for, 48 hours. I hope it will ease up by tomorrow or Sunday. It may be hurting because the doc couldn't find the right spot. 🙏🌼

Sep 04, 2015 10:18 PM

I cried during mine. I don't think I will agree to another one. I pray yours works for you. Mine didn't even last two weeks. It didn't help that I can't use ice because it increases my pain.

Sep 04, 2015 10:35 PM

Hi amanda - I've had the SI joint injections .. it takes a day or too but the pain might get more intense. It takes 3-4 days for your body to absorb the fluid they inject in there ... I got a donut to sit on which helped take the pressure off that area but in the end I still had to go to the ER to get the pain under control because my regular pain medication was barely touching it. After that it was much better. It helped a lot after the initial few days of pain .. that was about 2 years ago so it held up well ... im just recently starting to notice its wearing off.

I have a friend who gets them done regularly and she doesnt suffer as much pain afterwards as i do so I guess it depends on the person.

I hope you feel better soon!! Xx

Sep 04, 2015 10:49 PM

Scary, I cried during mine too. Even though I had sedation, I was aware enough to know that something was not quite right and was really uncomfortable.

Sep 05, 2015 8:36 AM

Amanda I'm glad that you're through the worst part, actually having the procedure. When I had my injection, it took a couple of days for the trauma of the needles to ease up. Flappsy has the right advise, use ice as needed, rest and get better. Sending you hugs. I'm glad you were able to get a nap. I'm sorry you feel like you were kicked in the ass.. Try sitting on a donut pillow so that you don't put pressure on the area.💕

Sep 05, 2015 8:46 AM

Alwayz, I have been doing the ice and the needle/muscle pain has eased up significantly today. My only question to my ortho next week is why the hell did he wait so long in referring me to pain management? Had a little bit of facial flushing last night, but wasn't worried about that cause I had that with the 1st set of injections. Still on restricted activity for the day which is getting old fast.

Sep 05, 2015 9:20 AM

It does get old fast! .. I've never been an idle person myself and the only time I was ever sitting still was when I was sewing or crocheting before bed or on weekends.

I think the hardest thing for me having rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia has been learning when to stop and the fact that sometimes i have to stop for days (weeks) at a time and do the bare minimum.

The flushing from the steriods. I had it too. I actually get it just from the in office injections my rheumy does for my knees, shoulders and wrists. I'm glad your initial pain has eased up some! Try to enjoy your day of rest!!

Sep 05, 2015 5:59 PM

Hey Linda, after you had yours done, did you notice any pain on the outside part of your hip/butt area? Normally, I would just have burning, but this is just like muscle or joint pain right now. Sorry, it almost feels like pressure, but not pain. Weird.

Sep 05, 2015 6:26 PM

Hi amanda - yes i did .. pain from hip around the butt to the other hip and lower back .. it feels like painful pressure because it takes time for your body to absorb the steroid fluid they inject into those small joint areas. Im not going to lie .. it hurt for a while for me .. like a week but everyone is different and in the end it helped a lot so I would definitely do it again.

Sep 06, 2015 1:05 PM

Okay, so now in a major flare up. Taken meds, got ice bag on and just laying absolutely still. Didn't hurt this bad with the facet joints, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Post-op appointments on both Tuesday and Thursday. I think I might need to start looking at other ideas or options at this point. Was thinking about chiropractic because it really feels like something is almost like out of place or joint. I don't really know what else to do.

Sep 06, 2015 1:38 PM

Hey Alwayz, I was wondering if you have ever had a radiofrequency ablation to burn off the nerves that are causing the problems. I was thinking about asking if that might be an option as well at this point. It's driving me mad already!!!!!!

Sep 06, 2015 4:48 PM

Amanda, this may sound odd bit I don't know what that is. Perhaps you can tell me. The only nerve burning I had but that was done using fluoroscopy guidance and a special needle that goes in and burns off the nerve bundles

Sep 06, 2015 5:02 PM

That surgery was really painful. I had 6 nerve blocks in different parts all at once. Only did that because I lived so far from my specialists so they tried to do everything in one shot. I was in intense pain for two months (May 2015). Only managed to feel the difference recently, but other areas are hurting now though. Back to see them end of the month to get proper scans done again.

Sep 06, 2015 7:26 PM

Alwayz, that's what I was talking about. Sorry for the confusion.

Sep 07, 2015 3:10 PM

Okay, now you guys are scaring me somewhat. Still dealing with the leg pain but just tried to scrub the bathtub and almost could not get up. Oops. Shall not be doing that any time soon. Ice pack and bed here I come again. My mom keeps telling me to walk. I said to her this morning, that's really difficult when your in pain and can't really feel your leg. Go figure.

Sep 07, 2015 9:54 PM

Scaryann, I can't use real ice packs because they're painful to me too. But I have one store bought gel beads filled pack and two rice-filled socks I made. The beads nor uncooked rice get as cold as ice, but it works. They don't start as cold as long as ice, but I'd guess I get 15 minutes out of them each time. 🙏🌼

Sep 07, 2015 10:35 PM

I bought Rick one of the (I think it's rice filled) ones from Family Dollar about seven or eight years ago. For some reason I just can't handle the cold. Even Rick's air-conditioning makes me hurt. He's finally gotten so he keeps it at 72 until after I go to bed, then he drops it down to 68 or lower. I still have days when I have get a blanket out or I can't walk after a while.

When I was in high school I would mow our lawn with a push mower wearing long pants and a long sleeve shirt in 80 degree weather. My family has always told me I was nuts and would ask what I was going to do when winter came. I'd tell them simple, I'll freeze. LOL

Sep 08, 2015 6:41 AM

I have the same problem.. I'm always cold.. always have a sweater or jacket with me even in the summer and a lap blanket at work.

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