Remembering My Lumbar Steroid Injection

IT WAS four years ago today when I had my first lumbar Steroid Injection. Since then I have had four more injections, a total of five spread throughout three years. My Pain doctor told me that I can’t have anymore.

Today’s Facebook’s On This Day special feature, noted the experience after I had it at the Al Razi Orthopedic Hospital and I am sharing it, herewith:

April 13, 2017  · 

The medical term for the back injection I had earlier in the morning is Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection. Headache is one of the side effects, the so-called “spinal headache” and am experiencing it now. It will resolve though within 24 hours.

Bleeding is another side-effect, the reason why I was instructed to stop taking Plavix and Aspirin (anti-clotting meds I take for my Coronary Artery Disease or CAD) at least six days prior to the procedure.

There is a spot of blood at the site of the injection, staining the plaster, but according to Waleed, the spot is still the same as he saw earlier.

I feel the area still numb but should I feel pain, I only have to take pain killers. And I have a lot of those. It’s good that my threshold for pain is high so I don’t have to take the tabs continuously within 24 hours. Only when the pain is unbearable. But there are times that I try to bear the pain, thinking of the side effect of the pain meds, especially in my kidney. There is already mild kidney damage which is an after-effect of my diabetes, the reason why I try to avoid taking the NSAIDs, especially the Lioresal (Baclofen). There is a milder form – Roxinin 60 mgs. (Loxoprofen sodium) – and that’s what I take when I couldn’t bear the pain.

Well, anyway, should my kidneys really get damaged, either I go for dialysis or a kidney transplant.

“Lesser evil”, as I term it. That of taking pain killers when I know that they can damage my kidneys.

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Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer."

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