Talk About A Pain In the Ass

Pun completely intended in that title. But, me being a Crohn’s patient you’re probably thinking something different than what I’m really talking about (lol). I mean I guess I should have said a pain right above my butt but you get the jist of it. In previous posts I have talked about a herniated disk in the lowest part of my back. I’ve had a cortisone shot before and it wasn’t the most pleasant experience. Although, it was probably the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. I mean the whole process of it.

I get called into the office, and of course as always, ma dukes is right by my side 🙂 I walked into what looked like an x-ray room with a big white table in the middle of the room and an x-ray machine with a monitor to the side of it. The nurse was very nice and quite comical when she asked me to lay on the table and then just completely whipped my pants off my butt. Yes, without even asking. Why do I always have such interesting experiences at the doctors, I don’t know. But anyways laying on the table, bare ass out the doctor came in. At first I was kind of confused as to why she whipped my yoga pants down considering I was getting a cortisone shot in my back… lol. But, it was the lowest part of my back and then soon realized they have to do the injection lower than the actual herniated disk. Thankfully, he wasn’t going right into my spine but rather in between the very top part of my butt crack, OUCH! Well, here we go. I’m face down on the table and he brings out the needle. Having being poked and protted so many times I have this weird thing about having to watch the needles go in whether its a shot, blood work, or an IV. I know, I’m weird. But being face down I couldn’t even see the needle which was my first problem. But, I just looked forward and saw my mom’s face and let’s just say that told me it all, which was my second problem. The doctor first gave me an injection of Novocain and boy did that kill. He waited a little while and gave me a second shot of it. Then set up the x-ray machine right next to my back. I felt pressure as I thought he was taking the Novocain needle out… Well, he was walking around the room and I was still feeling pressure. The conversation went like this…

Me: “Uhm, I still feel pressure, why.. is the needle still in me?”

Then, my mom with widened eyes and a shocked nervous smile just looked at me.

Doctor (with his thick Russian accent and as calm as can be): “Yeah, don’t move. It’s still in there.”

Me: “Mom, seriously is it? Can you see it?”

Mom: “Yeahhhh it’s still in there alright!”

Well I look over and there is a picture hanging on the wall in which I can see the reflection of the HUGE needle just sticking out of my back. Something you’d see in a horror film.

Sorry I’ve been blabbering on, the cool part is just about to happen. The doctor screws on the syringe with cortisone in it and starts to push it in. I feel pressure but that’s about it. Then look onto the monitor screen and see the cortisone flowing up through my spine. It was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. Even cooler than flipping upside down after drinking barium and watching it flow through your digestive track Crohnies (ha!). If you’ve ever had an upper GI you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Well, the cortisone got me to about 40% after doing pretty much no physical activity besides several visits to PT. This wasn’t exactly what I had expected but my doctor did warn me it might not work that well. I then, as you all know, had a Crohn’s flare. And for me what that means is more steroids… A few weeks after my cortisone shot I had consulted with my doctor again to get another one, which would have been my last one I could have within the year. But because of my flare I had an intense course of IV prednisone and to my surprise my doctor told me this should help my back long term even better than another cortisone shot. So, I cancelled my appointment. As my treatment went on with the IV steroids I saw a huge improvement in my back. I was even back to the gym! I know I’ve mentioned this before but I wanted to share the whole story and what perfect time other than when it’s acting up again! (sarcasm) I went to the gym earlier today and apparently worked out too hard because the back pain started up again. It started up so bad I had to take a half of a pain pill. I am thinking about scheduling an appointment for another cortisone shot but that also means time off from work and the gym. We’ll see how I feel the next week or so before I jump at that.

Also, an update on how I’m feeling. I was getting sick of this moon face from the prednisone so I figured I’d be a little bit of a rebel and weaned myself a little further than I was supposed to down on the prednisone. Of course symptoms started coming back and I had to go back up to 20mg. They’ve stopped now that I’ve stuck to the doctors orders though. Lately I have been so exhausted. This feeling is all too familiar to us Crohnies. I haven’t felt it in a while though and maybe was taking too much advantage of it or I don’t know. But I’m going back to sleeping almost 16 hours a day and having a hard time functioning normally through the day. I have to push my way through it and chose my battles wisely. If I want to go to the gym at some point during the day I have to take an extra nap at some point too. Days I work, I haven’t been able to go to the gym. I have an appointment with my GI doctor in Boston tomorrow though so I’ll talk more about it with him but I don’t think there will be a solution unfortunately. Just going to stick to my green tea and extra sleep for now. Speaking of sleep, I have to get up at a decent time tomorrow so I’m going to call it a night while this pain pill is still working and not being a pain in the ass!

Sweet dreams my fellow followers and Crohnies!

xo Michelle.

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