Pain Management

The other day I had an appointment to see my pain doctor for injections. I thought recording it and making a blog out of it would be beneficial for others trying to manage their pain or find an alternative to pain killers. The type of pain I experience is muscle pain in my neck and shoulders. Without the injections, it feels like I’m being stabbed in the neck/shoulders with a knife. I’m constantly rubbing my neck and shoulders, especially with the cold weather that’s starting to roll in, which makes it worse.

I’ve been getting injections for about 3 years now. For the first couple years I was getting epidural steroid injections. These were outstandingly painful. The needle is huge and it stays in your neck for a while, as the doctor wiggles it around in your sore muscle and has you tell him where it “hurts the most”. With the injections I get now, the needle is much smaller and the procedure is super quick and almost pain free, as you will see.

When I switched pain doctors, my new doctor told me about all the long-term effects the steroids could have on my body. There were some pretty serious side effects that I was not willing to take a chance with. Spinal cord injury was actually on the list, which I found comical. He said that just getting injections of local anesthetic would be much more fitting of a procedure for my type of pain and safer in general, short and long-term wise.

After getting the injections my muscles were slightly sore. Then the following day my muscles felt bruised, but by the third day they were completely pain free! It should be at least three months until I need to go back for more injections. So far, I have nothing but good things to say because my pain is almost completely gone, aside from some pins and needle feeling when I’m straining my neck and shoulders. This is something I will bring up to my doctor at our follow-up in 3 weeks.

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