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ct guided nerve root injection - lumber

6080
6080 Community member Posts: 18 Connected
Hi all, I am booked in to have a procedure called CT guided nerve root injection in my lumber spine at the end of July (it's been a years wait for this) The problem area I have is in my L5/S1. This is because I have grade ll spondylolisthesis and foraminal stenosis with nerve impingement causing the usual sciatic pain with dead legs climbing stairs or walking at distance along with stinging burning pain and numbness. My questions are as follows;
 has anyone had this procedure done and what can I expect during the procedure e.g. how long did it take from start to finish, did it hurt and what was the result i.e. did these injections work for you, did it help cure the pain and was it worth it? 

Thanks in advance for any advice

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  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 43,877 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @6080 good luck with your injection. I don't know if others members have this procedure. I have had injections in my spine in the past. For different reasons. 
    Its hard to go by some one else's experience, as two people having the same procedures, can have different effects from each other. 
  • 6080
    6080 Community member Posts: 18 Connected
    Hi, thanks for getting in touch . Yep, very true.  I've read mixed reviews online although the injections were given for a different reason, like you mention.
     I suppose I'm a bit nervous of the procedure but think I  will feel a bit calmer about it if it has been worthwhile for someone i.e. a positive outcome . 
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 43,877 Disability Gamechanger
    What will this injection do for you, I'm presuming it is to improve your situation or is it for pain
  • 6080
    6080 Community member Posts: 18 Connected
    I believe it's a nerve blocker. Its something to do with reducing the inflammation around the nerves so should stop the pain travelling but does come with risks 
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 43,877 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes I think every op comes with a risk, is this your first one?  I can understand you being nervous about having it done. Everyone at the Hospital will look after you and put you at ease. 
  • 6080
    6080 Community member Posts: 18 Connected
    Yeah first one. I've waited such a long time for it. I was referred about a year ago. Meanwhile, I've been having physio during the wait and as much as it's helped ease the stiffness etc , it just doesn't cure the actual nerve pain, this is hopefully what these injections should tackle. How did you find your spinal injections if you don't mind me asking, did it help you in any way? 
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 43,877 Disability Gamechanger
    Mine did help but only for a short time. I had 2 and both  only helped for a short time. Like weeks rather then months. Drs decided it wasn't worth it just for a short time and I had to agree. 
    But that doesn't mean yours will be like that. I hope it works better for you
  • 6080
    6080 Community member Posts: 18 Connected
    That's a pity. I'd imagine it will have felt quite disappointing to only offer short term relief. Then again, even that short spell will have made such a difference, a bit of relaxation at the time,  I'm sure.
     I have no idea how long these are expected to last but as you mention, everyone is different. I hoping for a good few months . The hospital is quite a distance away to travel too and I'm obviously not allowed to drive afterwards so its a hassle but hopefully will be worth it! 
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 43,877 Disability Gamechanger
    It was great but after a week, i was like oh no. Back to not being able to bend or do what I liked. 
    It is a hassle going to the hospital and having procedures, I hope you got some one to support you home after. 
    So now I just put up with it, it is who I am. I do get relapses where I can't do anything, it can last up to 4 weeks. I'm also very limited and I'm presuming you are also
  • 6080
    6080 Community member Posts: 18 Connected
    It's been interesting to hear your outcome. Thanks for sharing 🙂 That would be magical not feel any pain, even for a short spell! You sound like you are likely worse than me with your symptoms. I keep active mostly by going to work which involves getting up and down out of my seat to greet people and carry out interviews with them  throughout my day but I firmly believe if I gave up my job I would definitely seize up or if I was stuck in my chair all day I would seize up . My job offers a good mix of sitting and standing  Don't get me wrong, it's painful at work , like constant but not to the point where I can't move or function. If it gets that bad then I'd have to consider giving it up. If I sit for more than 30 mins then stand up, I have to pat my legs due to them being numb but the feeling comes back again in under a minute! 
    You sound like you have quite a positive outlook despite suffering chronic pain daily. I admire your spirit. Heading off to sleep but thanks for the chat tonight, been great to hear from you.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 52,345 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes, i've had this quite a few years ago for a dfferent reason. It didn't hurt because i had a local anesthetic in the area. For me, my only relief was with the local, once that wore off the pain was back. Complete waste of time and didn't have another.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 43,877 Disability Gamechanger
    I don't know if mine is worse then yours, I've had it a long time, since about just under 20 years. But i also have a curvature at the top of my spine. The facet joints on me are not much use at the bottom, hence limit bending with disk disease. 
    But it is what it is. There's only two ways to go. 1 let it beat you down 2 carry on best you can. I chose 2.  
    Let us know how you get on after your op
  • Hannah_Scope
    Hannah_Scope Posts: 7,267 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @6080 I'm glad to hear you have a date after waiting so long! I hope the community can continue to be a support for you. I am wishing you all the best, please keep us updated :) 
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