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My story is probably not what you want to hear, but, here goes. I had SI joint injections on both sides. This was a diagnostic nerve block w/both Lidocaine and cortisone in it. After the injections I felt good. At about day 30, when the cortisone wore off, I experienced pain unlike any pain I had ever had before. It was so intense, so unbearable. When I told my pain-management doc about it, he attributed this to damaged nerves as a result of 37 years of type I diabetes. But still to this day I wonder if he screwed up the injections. The pain would not calm down and I ended up having RFA (radio-frequency nerve ablation) at a major teaching hospital. This procedure essentially gave me my life back. It worked. I hope that you do not have to go this route but please know that, if push comes to shove, there is a last-resort solution. They can ablate the nerves affected by the nerve block you had. Best wishes to you.

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