Hi everyone. I have had Flu- proper horrible can't-move-I'm-definitely-dying Flu, which set me back a little, as staying in bed for days caused excruciating muscle spasm and sciatica (of course). But I'm pretty much over it now, and all at once I find I have appointments coming out of my ears. I wish there were someone to coordinate these things as I have had to swap dozens of things around to ensure I can attend each appointment, move house, work and have a family!
My current worry which I was hoping someone could help me with, concerns two of my appointments-
1) Pain Clinic and
2) a Spinal Block.
Please can someone tell me what I can expect from my first appointment at the Pain Clinic? I have a good idea of what they aim to do but how do they do it? For example, do they review my medication? Can they prescribe medication? If they suggest trying something do they provide it, such as a Tens Machine or Therapy of any kind? As I am having the Spinal Block the week after will they just wait to see if that works and discharge me if it does?
Which brings me to the Spinal Block. My letter says I am to have a " Fluoro guided nerve root Injection Sacral". Can anyone who has had this tell me exactly what this involves please and if it hurts, what the results were like for you etc? There is a generic explanation with the letter but it isn't specific to my procedure, and it certainly doesn't mention pain etc. I'd be very grateful for all experiences and advice you may have. Thank you dear Pain Concerned friends!
Incidentally, does anyone know why the central booking Service sends appointments out which cannot possibly be taken such as on the same day at the same time in different parts of the country? Don't they share the same database? Weird....and NOT very efficient which i would have thought was the whole point! Hmmmm....more NHS money wasted....*sighs