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8/8/11 12:36 P

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I was given a Valium type shot before my epidural to help calm me. Like many, I've never liked needles and the thought of a big ole needle in my lumbar spine automatically makes me want to vomit, wee myself and pass out all at the same time. I would definitely recommend at least an anti-anxiety treatment.

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8/2/11 10:30 P

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I have had injections on both sides of my body, in the SI
joints. Believe me, if they are sore and inflamed and that
needle goes in, you will have unbearable pain. It has happened
to me, at least 3 different times. Two times, I am truthful, when
I say that I screamed like a woman in childbirth and it hurt as
bad. Now, I am scared to death to get more. The last ones
I had, were in the spring. They never give me any sedation,
in the two different pain clinics I visited.

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7/25/11 9:57 A

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Good question! I'm terrified of the injections - never was a fan of needles to begin with - and the thought of them in and around my c-spine makes me squeamish just thinking about it. I plan to ask for sedation, if we go that direction.

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7/5/11 9:01 P

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I've had 8, yes...8 epidurals. (I know you're supposed to stop at 3, I think they started injecting different things into me at the end, I had a herniated disc in my lower back - L5S1)

Some were double injections (called facet)...approaching my spine from the left and right. I must have had a great pain specialist because I was never sedated, and they barely hurt at all, they were only a tad uncomfortable.

I honestly would never have considered sedation or hospitalization at all :/

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1/23/11 2:06 P

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Which joints? The SI (sacroiliac) joint injections are not too bad. I have had that a couple of times. They do hurt, but not bad, and they are over in a second. But the "all you'll feel is pressure" line is bull****.

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1/23/11 8:01 A

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thanks all for answering my question.....

apparently i am not having an epidural but injections into the joints....
soooooooooooooo.....i don't get to be sedated at least not the first time.....

they say it doesn't really hurt..that all you feel is pressure....

i don't believe them......

i hope i can endure the several shots to the joints starting on 2/8.....

also i have good news and bad news..but i will post another post about that...as it doesn't really fit this topic....

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1/19/11 6:48 P

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I have to be a little sedated. My doctors gave me a medicine that makes me not care about the pain and kind of loopy. I tried it once without it, and it was too horrible

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1/17/11 11:11 A

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I do an inpatient epidural and injections at my pain management clinic. I get sedation each time and havent had a problem until I came out of it early this past time. No way could I go through all of that without being sedated. With that said, I get SIJ injections/epidural and both hips done at the same time, so there is a lot of work being done. I am usually there for about an hour 1/2 and then go home to rest.

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1/16/11 8:51 A

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thank you all for sharing with me..... i plan to be sedated... i am scared to death of these shots!

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1/10/11 6:04 P

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The first time I had injections I wasn't sedated. The next 3 time I was sedated. It hurt like hell and the Doctor kept hitting a bone. Dumbass. I did not get much relief from the injections so I will never have anymore of them. Physical Therapy works better for me and do not overdo your activities to aggrivate the injury.

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1/10/11 4:05 P

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I have never had sedation. However, I had SI joint
injections in both sides, a few weeks ago. I was really nervous this time because I was extremely sore on the right side and I dreaded the pain so much. When the doctor came in, I asked that he numb me really good, he did and so when he did the injections, I didn't even feel it. I sure was sore and had muscle pain for a few days after. But now I have blessed relief. As all of you know, it is only a temporary fix. Sometimes it lasts longer than other times.

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1/10/11 12:28 P

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Only the caudal epidural was in the hospital, sedated. And I had it again in a surgical center, sedated. The regular epidural, facet joint injections, and sacroiliac injections were in my pain specialist's office, no sedation.

I imagine that if I wanted sedation it would have to be in the hospital. Then it would cost me more, because I have to pay 10%. If he does the injections in his office it only costs me a $20 co-pay.

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1/9/11 10:36 P

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I have had 5 epidurals for my cervical problems. I have always been sedated & most of the time I would not even realize I had been out. My Pain specialist mentioned one time that he doesn't want to take a chance of someone moving quickly because of the pain & causing a problem. I don't mind. I tell them that I get the best nap ever when I go in for one. Sometimes they work & sometimes they don't. Why? I guess we will never know. I can only have 3 each year, work or not. Good Luck & you will be very happy with the results.

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1/9/11 5:28 P

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I had one in mid December without sedation. It hurt like *!ll. I cried for a few minutes. I think they are not using the sedation as much because the doctors have less to monitor. After the injection, the doctor left the room, I hobbled out to the other room were they took my blood pressure. They commented it was high due to pain and let me go then. I struggled to walk out to the car with my dad holding me up. It is just a few minutes of really bad pain. If I had to do it again, I'd want sedation.

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1/9/11 5:09 P

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how many of you are sedated for back injections? epidurals etc...?

because reading your posts about the shots in the back are scaring me to death... but my insurance will cover sedation if the doctor asks for it...

and quite frankly i am going to insist!

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