I have found this site and the people on it amazing and reading personal stories has been really useful and interesting - i have learnt you are all incredibly resilient, even when you think you are not.
So - with that in mind i thought i would post an update on my transforaminal injection.
So, it's been 1 week 4 days since i had it.
From being bed-ridden and unable to stand and/or sit without crying out in pain and being only really able to sleep on my right side with some pain i am happy to report there has been mild improvements.
Some days there was no improvement and then without any reason the next day there would be some.
I am off the diazepam and am taking diclofenac and omeprazole. I stopped taking panadol because it was giving me back-to-back migraines.
I am still using ice and heat.
I can now stand for around 5-10mins before the pins and needles and the pain in my calf and buttocks intensify but i can stay upright for longer if i lean on a bench or wall. I think the space between my big toe and second toe is going numb the longer i stand but i can't bend down to check that. I have also started experiencing a burning sensation in my hip if i stand for too long which sucks.
I can also get up and downstairs on my own. And i can wash my hair again - super excited about that.
I can also lie on my back quite comfortably now and i can lie on my left side too - but not for too long before i start getting pins and needles.
I also feel as though overall i am moving better.
I cannot sit or bend or lift and i am frightened to testing myself too much in case of further damage.
I am not going to lie and say i am not disappointed that i am not pain free but i can think now that the pain has reduced and i feel, at the moment, that these small wins are enough to keep me going - my aim was to be able to make myself a cup of tea and i can.
I hope i continue to make improvements but we shall see - honestly for me i suspect PM is where i will end up.
I have an appointment with my Ortho Surgeon in 2 weeks so we'll see what he says.
Take care all.