Steroid is an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat a number of conditions and comes in varying forms.
The resultant pain caused by inflammation, as in my case – of lumbar spinal stenosis or narrowing of the spinal canal and spondylolisthesis of the lumbar spine – is that which reason why steroid, in the form of an injection, has been prescribed to me at the Pain Clinic of Al Razi Bone Hospital. I already have had two injections, medically termed as Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection (LESI), and it has tremendously helped in lessening the pain in my lower back and legs (sciatica).
The first was in February 2017 and today, October 15, 2017, another steroid injection was done. The steroid, along with anesthesia, was injected in my lower back and it was done at the Operating Theater (OT) of the bone hospital. I will have it again in the next 10 months or so.
My lower back condition was deemed inoperable by the head spinal surgeon of the only orthopedic hospital in Kuwait many months ago. Although surgery is commonly done to manage my said condition, my overly-porous bones, caused by both my inherited Osteogenesis Imperfecta and my acquired Osteoporosis, won’t be able to hold the screws and rods which will have to be fixed in order to somehow manage the pain caused by the diseased lumbar and sacral vertebrae.
There is no limit, my Pain doctor said, to the steroid injections and I can have it every six months. Before the back injection was prescribed to me at the Pain Clinic, where I was referred to by the spinal surgeon, I was mostly in excruciating pain and it is because I can’t take the most-needed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like Brufen, Olfen and the likes because of my mild kidney damage. Yet I was still prescribed with Lioresal (Baclofen) tablet, an antispastic NSAID with spinal site of attack, which I have been taking sparingly. But now that I can regularly have the lumbar epidural steroid injections, I will enjoy a few months free of excruciating back and leg pain.
I consider the privilege of receiving the treatment, at no cost at all, as one of the many blessings from God!