Round 1 of the facet joint injections are complete!
However, it wasn't Just L3/L4 that got some love today; they also went up a level and hit L2/L3 as well, because under fluoroscopy... there was a bunch of calcification that nobody saw on the MRI's..... I had already made the trip; and was already face down & @$$ up; so, what's the difference between 2 pokes & 4 pokes, by that point?
So, I just laughed, and said.... "You got me where ya want me. You're the expert, I'm the lab rat. Do what you think is best." I have to say, that compared to the EMG & prior injections & RFL's, this was far less painful nor as traumatic.
Given that this isn't our first rodeo, with my back, this time has been easier for so many reasons; even though it is infuriatingly maddening, and painful, it has been easier to navigate it this time. (1) So much happier & easier going to Littleton, compared to having to go to the Seacoast, Manchester, DHMC, for this, like we did the first time. (2) The integrated care, between the Alpine Clinic, Little Hospital, Mountain Center PT & Doc Hubble at Saco River Medical Group has been top notch. (3) VA SUPPORT..... yes, you read that correctly, Veterans Administration Support. In January, when Tricare turned off my Physical Therapy... the VA, had me back in Mountain Center, within 21-days, while Cassie is still fighting with USFHP-Martin's Point, and their appeals process. I have NEVER seen the NH VA system, this responsive before. I am floored. (4) That Physical Therapy, combined with a new set of eyes, from Doctor Glazer, at the Alpine Clinic; has us using new techniques, that are replacing medications, while still relieving pain.... (5) I still think, that the ultimate solution to this is going to me an Extended Fusion... however; the medical support team I have today, far exceeds the team I suffered through from 2009-2012. (6) I may have the opportunity, to take part in an #adaptive #biathlon
camp, next weekend.....and we will see if these injection work.... nordic skiing, with a walker on skis, and a gun on my back? Hell yeah, I'll give that a shot!