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Lasairfiona



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the spinal injection today - it is supposed to shut up the pain causing nerve. But for fuck's sake, it is in my spine! I'm scared. 2p.m. central time (4 hours from now).
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Courage Lasairfiona!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The ganglion they're targeting is extremely well-studied. Tons of people have this procedure, and the most common side effect is nothing happens or only partial relief. Your sacrum is quite literally the end of the line, which means there's a lot less nerve tissue there, making the chances of hitting the wrong spot a lot smaller. Plus, the procedure is done with fluoroscopy, so the doc will be able to visualize the needle placement (he's not just sticking it in blind). You're going to a pain specialist, who probably does dozens or hundreds of these things a year. You'll be okay. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck, Las! Read what Dogen said again, since it'll be more useful than anything I could say.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good luck!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, yeah. Truck broke down. The grad student I've been working for miscalculated how many seeds she'd need (meaning what should have been a week or more of work ended up being only two days). Got a no from the one job I'd really been holding out hope for.

I'm to the point where I'm actually considering grad school.

Wheeeeeeeeee.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good luck, fiona! I've had many nerve blocks (and botox injections) in my head and the back of my neck, the only problem I've ever experienced has been it not helping the pain. I've never experienced any complications or anything and like dogen said, this is what pain specialists spend a good chuck of their time doing, they are very experienced.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm late to the game, so i'll just hope the procedure went well, las.

and arc....you make grad students sound so intelligent. why wouldn't you want to be one of them? Razz
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Lasairfiona



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everything went well! I should post in the pleasures thread but everyone wished me well here.

Thing went well - zero pain in the procedure AND I can do a wall sits now with a lot less pain. But there is still pain (well, discomfort and tingling). I'll let it settle in for a bit and see how it goes. We may need to hit a nerve higher up to catch everything.

On the horrors side, I wasn't expecting a full hospital experience - dressing gown, bed with rails, the whole nine yards. That was a first. And it took a lot longer than I thought it would which messed up my brothers evening schedule - I thought maybe an hour and it turned into 2.5 hours. Fortunately, my bro still made his thing (he runs a Brony club at his university).

And good lord, anesthesia sucks. Soooo nauseous. Feeling better now though!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh man - did they put you on an iv too? i swear, any time you go in for nything now, they immediately put you on an iv. i think they do this to make you as uncomfortable as possible - at least, i am always terrified to move the arm with the iv, for fear the needle will dislodge and start slashing up my veins.

maybe it's like a twitch for horses - they do it so you are so focused on the iv, you don't notice the procedure.
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Lasairfiona



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah, IV. I don't know how IVs used to be but I had the concept that they were a metal needle in your arm for a long time. That doesn't seem to be the case anymore. They put the IV in with a metal needle but the thing that actually stayed in my arm was plastic. I really avoided moving my arm too much (because I thought it was metal) but it really wasn't nearly as bad as I expected when I did have to move my arm. In fact it wasn't bad at all and I had to move a lot because this is the Joplin hospital that got wiped off the map in the big tornado so everything is still kinda temporary and short on space - they tangled me right up in the cords and IV.

Seriously, I didn't feel the injection at all. I felt twice something that might have been a needle but I couldn't swear to it. The drugs they gave me essentially made me drunk complete with seeing double.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, yeah, flexible tube and all - i still have an innate horror of stuff stuck in my veins, which for some reason i believe will disintegrate at the slightest excuse.

anyway, the important thing is that the injection went fine, and we will hope it also works great.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a Teflon catheter, and they do it because everyone is essentially dehydrated... Plus if you have a reaction to anything they can pump Benadryl right into your veins.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I personally enjoy IVs. Usually because I am dehydrated by the time I get to the hospital and it feels awesome.

Also I had to get them fairly frequently for a bit for infusions. Eventually they stop bothering you.

Then again, medical places are oddly calming to me. The dentist is a very relaxing place for me.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DeD CHiKn wrote:
I personally enjoy IVs. Usually because I am dehydrated by the time I get to the hospital and it feels awesome.


Plus you get that sweet, sweet IV high.
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