Evidently, I'm a moron. At least I'm confirmed.
That is exactly what he did: enter low with the needle and inject at an angle. So it was done right, but didn't do diddly.
For my 2 week follow up, I saw a physicians assistant, who will now be in charge of my case. I don't rate a doctor, I guess. He said he was 'disappointed' that the procedure didn't have any effect. I'd take disappointed over 'Frustrated with a Capital F', just ask me, I dare ya.
He mumbled something like, "You're a quandary and we don't know what to do with you" and he asked to see my spinal films and any other scans. I told him I brought them all in the first day and Dr. DM didn't want to see them, but I'll bring them back. I took them to him a couple hours later.
He also told me to stop taking Tylenol PM. I'm on Zoloft to keep me homicidal and not suicidal, 81 mg of aspirin and 2 Tylenol PM daily (before bedtime) and that's been it for the last 5 months. (Going off all meds has not improved the situation). Tylenol PM was recommended by Dr. J as something fairly benign to help me get to sleep and stay asleep.....and it works, for the most part. I get 6 solid hours of sleep a day, which is more than the 3-4 I get without it. My memory is improved with deeper sleep (and Zoloft) and I get some rest.
Now I can't have that, either? WTF? I was sent out the door with no information other than to stop the meds that help. My next appointment is July 30. I waited 6 months for THIS?
Meanwhile, my right ear started to vibrate with some kind of pressure......like driving with the back window down on the highway. ANNOYING. It's also painful, and for the last 2 weeks (ever since the cortisone in the facets) I've been going nuts. I made an appointment with my PCP and he again reiterated the same thing: "I can't do anything for you", looked in my ears and said they look good, suggested I try Flonase and try to get it in the eustachian tube area because that was most likely the cause.....allergy or inflammation.
He also rolled his eyes when I asked him if it's a problem to keep using Tylenol PM daily and said, "You're in my office now. Keep taking it." That's 2 to 1 for it, one against, so I'm gonna continue it. Who the hell do I believe anymore?
Lesson: If you want the answer you like, just keep asking the question.
A few days ago, my head hurt so bad my hair follicles hurt... Bee stings followed by a whack with a rubber mallet. Every few minutes for almost a whole day. I couldn't stand up, sit down, lie down or float without this unrelenting crap going on. I have some stomach pain back again, and I can deal with that, but it's still not gone.
I have a May 27 appt at a women's headache clinic near Boston, but I don't hold out hope for that, either. I made that appointment late last year. If I hear something stupid from them, I'm giving up. I'd rather not keep hoping for answers and getting let down over and over. You can only throw so much money at a problem before you just give up and live with it.
Celebrate your good health today!