Fun with spinal injuries

Today was my first (and possibly only) cervical spine epidural steroid injection.

I was surprised to go through the hospital’s full pre-op procedures, from fasting beforehand to scrubs and an IV line. The nurse was very cool, though, and we wound up chatting quite a bit which definitely helped my nerves.

The procedure itself was very short in comparison, probably about 20 minutes total. The “worst” part pain-wise was the local numbing injection, and I think that was less painful than one of those huge ass novacaine shots at the dentist. πŸ˜‰

I did experience some pain later while they were positioning the needle, so they paused and gave me another dose of local.

The creepiest part was hearing the needle crunch through cartilege but not feeling it. Eeew! And then the warm weird feeling of the medication spreading through my bloodstream down my arms. Kinda like drinking a hot chocolate on a really cold day, but with the warmth in my arms and back instead of going to my stomach. Weird!

I didn’t get any sedation, but was very woozy after the injection, so they kept me at the hospital for a little while. That seems to have all cleared up since though.

I’ve been sleeping pretty much all day with a short break for lunch.

I’m optimistic about the injection helping my shoulder pain, because the doctors told me that the injection would worsen the swelling for a day or two and cause soreness — and the pain today is EXACTLY where my worst shoulder pain has been all along. I’m hoping that means that when the swelling is reduced by the steroids, it’ll take that pain away with it.

I’m not to do any “excessive activity” for a week…I asked whether that included ice hockey and the surgeon laughed at me. I guess that includes ice hockey. And probably dirtbiking. Well, there goes my weekend. πŸ˜‰

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6 Responses to Fun with spinal injuries

  1. stephanie says:

    Bummer on the weekend off. πŸ™
    Hasn’t anyone taught you yet the secret code for sliding hockey into a doctor recommendation is to ask: “so I’m supposed to ice this, right?”

  2. carolyn says:

    Oooh, they DID say to ice it for at least 20 minutes, and to lie flat on my back….that does sound like how I play hockey. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  3. Alan R says:

    Of course you’re not supposed to play hockey. Everybody knows that steroids and sports don’t mix. πŸ˜‰
    Sounds like a bit of not-fun, but I’m sure you’ll find sources of amusement this weekend. Take care.

  4. carolyn says:

    Right now, the major source of amusement on the calendar for the weekend is to clean the house and litter boxes. The fun never ends. πŸ˜‰
    Though I think I will try to get the XTs started. They’re mad at me for not starting them since our Parkfield trip in July, and are punishing me with weak batteries. Doh.

  5. cheddah j says:

    hope this works for you – epidurals (all 3 of ’em) did absolutely NOTHING for my back. lemme know!

  6. andrea says:

    hello, you’re supposed to be RESTING, make peter clean the house and litter boxes. =D
    (peter, if you’re reading this, someone is forging my name.)

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