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Well Hi all...

I had my first ESI today..... it wasn't as bad as I have heard alot say it is... took all of about 3 minutes.... I didn't do the sedation....felt just a slight bit of pressure when he injected the meds, but other then that, it was a piece of cake, he told me everything he was doing step by step...and how far through the procedure we were.... 50% of the way done...75% and so on.... he used a x ray to see where he was injecting the meds... and even gave me a printout of the view of my spine where he was injecting... was quite cool.... I got back in 2 weeks for another one.... I am not sure yet if it is going to help, it seemd to have taken the pain away right after the procedure, but I still had burning and tingling in my legs when I left the office, and then my left leg started to ache really badly, the whole leg......when I got out of the car to walk into the house, it really started to hurt in my back and left leg....made me nausaus spelling?) that has slacked off a bit, but I still have some pain in my back and the pulling pain and such in my legs....maybe in a few days it will start to help... guess we will see.......my PM Doc...has referred me to another Orthopedic surgeon, who specialized in spine stuff.... he wants this guy to look at my MRI's and such and give his opinion of what he sees...

Got my EMG/NCV results today... not sure what all the technical mumbo jumbo means but under conclusion it says....

[B]CONCLUSIONS: THERE WAS EMG EVIDENCE OF CHRONIC L5-S1 RADICULOPATHY.....[/B]

According to what I have found radiculopathy means: disease of the nerve roots in or near the spinal canal as a result of direct pressure from a disc, or inflammation of the nerve roots due to disc or spinal joint disease.

Anyway... Thats where things stand for now.... hopefully this ESI will help with the pain...

Take Care All :angel:
Hey T, good to see your ESI went well. If you get relief, it may take a week or more. Radiculopathy, I believe, refers to pain in an extremity. If you have pain in your right leg, you have radiculopathy in your right leg. The L5,S1 nerve root is the one that is responsible for your pain. During the EMG, when the doctor inserts the needle in your leg, he is checking specific muscles that are controlled by certain nerve roots. When the doc gets feedback on a muscle he knows which nerve root is impinged.

Some of this may be old news but I can relate because my EMG had a similar conclusion. I asked my doc all the way through what he was looking for and he was great in explaining what he was doing. He even showed me the waves on his computer monitor that showed the impingement. My Radiculopathy was caused by a far lateral herniation at L5,S1. The next step for me was an MRI. I wish you the best and hope you feel better soon.

Alan





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