What an exhausting day I've had on a rollercoaster of emotions.
Background- spondylolisthesis L5S1, bulging discs, osteoarthritis in facet joints in lower back and fibromyalgia. Had a Caudal Epidural three weeks ago but it only gave me pain relief for 6 days. Now worse than ever, can't walk, drive, sleep, work, care for my parents or myself. I rang my Consultant's secretary to explain all of this last week.
After two hours sleep I woke up feeling suicidal. I rang up my Consultant's secretary to get a response & I was on his 3 month waiting list for an appointment. *tears, many tears* Then she said "oh hang on, there is a gap this afternoon, can you get here" oh yes!
So we had a chat about what had gone wrong, quick exam, then he went on to explain that whilst my symptoms reflected what the MRI showed, I was exhibiting too much pain. Well here we go I thought, he'll blame Fibro and tell me there is nothing that he can do......... but I was wrong, he said the Fibro was making the pain much worse but I still shouldn't be suffering that much pain!!! We might have amplified pain fellow Fibro sufferers, but we still shouldn't be in any pain at all! I could have kissed him!
So he jiggled my meds around so that I could come off the Oramorph and hopefully get some sleep. And he offered me a Nerve Root Block (has that helped, or not, anyone else here?)... in May! More tears & I put myself on his cancellation list. Well by the time we got home, an hour later, I had an answer phone message offering me a cancellation date on April 5th!!!!!
In little over one month I will have had two procedures, follow up physio and a consultant appointment. Let's just hope it works! Any thoughts or experiences with a Nerve Root Block will be gratefully received. Thank you and best wishes xx
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