Today I had an appointment at the hospital to discuss the next plan for pain relief. For once we were in and out quickly, the consultant asked a couple of questions and then said he thinks a caudal epidural is the next thing to try as the pain is being transmitted down my legs in the sciatic nerves.
It didn’t occur to me until we left but one of the questions he asked was about the MRI that they did in March and what the Drs said when I was hospitalised.
“Did they offer you any surgical treatment?”
I said they didn’t, but, after it made me wonder, why did he ask that?
Did he see something in the MRI that made him think it should have been an option?
Should I ask for a referral to see a spinal specialist in the same trust as him? The ones I have seen belong to a neighbouring trust (because their A&E is closest and it’s always been an emergency admission) so the actual images can’t be viewed, only the report.
Now I remember seeing something like “nerve compression consistent with symptoms” after I got home, on the discharge paperwork, and thinking that at least they could see why it had happened. Now I wonder, should they have offered me some alternative treatment options?
We have agreed to try the caudal epidural procedure, now we just need to wait for the appointment. At least I will only have one needle and not 10 like last time.
While searching for information about the procedure I found this image on the Central Coast Orthopedic Medical Groups website. Click the image to go to their website for more information about how and why this is done (unless you’re squeamish) LOL.