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Needles and Steroids and Spines, Oh My!

Well, today I will be having another injection. Just a standard epidural steroid injection, except this time they will approach the spine from the sides instead of going straight in, because of my hardware. This will be my first injection since before surgery (with the exception of a caudal a few months post op), and I’m really hoping this will help. I had what feels like a zillion of these before surgery, and they never really did much, other than make me miserable, but my neuro thinks its worth a “shot” (no pun intended) to try to find me a little bit of relief. Of course, he’s not the one face down on the table in an OR with needles going into his spine, so sure, why not, right?

But really, compared to spine surgery, this is a walk in the park, right? Hmmmm…perhaps that’s not the right phrase to use, since a walk in the park is actually pretty fucking miserable for me. Piece of cake? No, that won’t work either; since I can’t exercise because of my back, cake goes straight to my ass. Cake is my mortal enemy. A cinch. Like my pants all cinch my waist because I’ve gained about 10 pounds, due to cake and lack of walking. For fuck sake, does everything have to be hard?!? Damn.

Anyway…here’s hoping that today’s injection goes well and gives me a little relief.

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I’m scheduled for a spinal fusion in about 3 weeks. I’m one of those people who likes to research everything – procedures, new medications, tests – and I had a hard time finding any personal accounts from people who went through a spinal fusion. I found plenty of sites that explained the procedure, but I wanted to know what to expect from somebody who had actually gone through the surgery and recovery. That’s what inspired me to start this blog. It’s mostly for myself, to document this part of my life, but also for anybody else who is going through the same thing. I won’t hold back, and I plan to share everything, from what I’m experiencing physically to how I am handling it all emotionally, no matter how personal or embarrassing.

Let me also say that I’ve never blogged before, so please excuse the fact that I have no idea what I’m doing here. I’m not a writer, so don’t expect some amazing, inspirational prose. This is simply an honest account of my surgery and recovery.


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