Hello all- I need some advise. Please?
I'm a 49 year old female with almost unbearable left side low back and hip pain for the last two years. (Almost only while sitting which I do 10 hours a day at work). I do have several bulging discs and some pinched nerves from working physically demanding jobs most of my life but when I had the consult w/the back surgeon (with MRI and Xrays) he told me I had SI Joint dysfunction and that I needed SI Joint Ablation and referred me to pain management. Pain management says "we recommend SI Joint injections, not ablation" so I had my first injection a month ago.
I felt fantastic for about 24 hours then a huge crash back to reality and back to severe pain and then some . Along with that also came terrible heartburn as well as some pretty bad headaches, hot/cold flashes and chest pain (probably from the heartburn I hope). I think these things are just starting to go away, a month later! Prior to this injection, I'de had heartburn maybe 2 times in my life!
My question to anyone who has had experience with these injections.... Is there much of a chance that a second injection will be more effective than the first? Has anyone else had heartburn after????
I did have a follow up w/pain management but they didn't seem interested in my side effects... just wanted me to make the appointment for the next injection.
I'm desperate for pain relief but I'm afraid to get another injection. Has anyone else had a successful experience with SI Joint injections? Or ablation?
Any thoughts? Any suggestions?
Before the sI injection, I'd already had trigger point therapy, chiro care, and an epidural over the past year and a half.