I'm in desperate need of a good pain management doctor. I was just referred to Anesthesia Associates and the doctor's first though upon seeing me was "let's set you up for steroidal spinal injections. IF they help, we know you have inflammation." I want to know before the risk of paralysis if they're going to help or not. I do not like that his first thought was injections. Is there anyone in a 2 hour radius of Leesville, LA that someone would recommend?
Sorry Dantz782, I'm in GA. But I can tell you that I've had multiple epidural steroid injections (ESI's) and I've had very good results. Did the doc answer questions or was he just pushy sealing their treatments? They should be willing to answer questions and give you options. I've not heard of "knowing it's inflammation if it helps." My pain specialist uses xrays and MRIs to decide what areas need injx. Good luck finding the right doc! 🙏🌼
Thanks! This was the very first visit with him. He looked at a quick synopsis of my MRI results without even viewing the images, pushed on my back just a bit and then said that he thought the best bet would be injections. It just made me uncomfortable that injections were the first go-to. Especially since.Ive been in pain management for about 5 years and have never even had them mentioned before.
Did he know you've already sewn someone for pain Mgt? Maybe he was thinking, "nothing else has worked so let's try injx." I will tell you that when my doc did a facet injx it hurt worse after the first one, less after the second, and the third injx gave long term relief. Many on here say the facet blocks are most painful. Use ice for 24-48 hours following any injx to reduce the swelling. My last injx was January 2014, and it took 2 years to cover the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral areas. I just started having lumbosacral pain and headaches again (more often) this year. I have an appt in November. 🙏🌼
No, there was no mention of prior pain managwment. I was driving an hour and a half to be seen for about 10 minutes so I asked to be seen locally by internal medicine. That was great for a year and a half and then a PharmD decided that I didn't need to be on pain meds anymore because "they're not approved for fibro treatment and they don't work." I saw a Rheumatologist and was re-diagnosed with primary fibromyalgia. He said I needed a more understanding doctor and requested that I be sent back to pain management, and here we are. 😕
I can tell you that my pain specialist lightly sedates me, long enough to do the procedure. But once I was still awake when they started and its similar to an epidural for childbirth or a myelogram. I won't do them awake! Lol 🐔 I'd suggest talking to another and if they say the same, have a list of questions you'd like answers to. Good luck! You'll be in my prayers. 🙏🌼