When I first looked into prolotherapy, it was for my lower back. That was more than 5 months ago, and today, aftr having had prolotherapy treatments on both shoulders, my upper back, and my elbow, we finally treated my lower back.
Given that the injections were just two-and-a-half hours ago, and I took a vicodin just before them, I’m not feeling much pain right now. We had been planning on a second round of injections into my shoulder when I made this appointment, but on Friday, my lower back muscles went into spasm.
It was an injury to the lower back in December that had me looking into prolotherapy to treat the lower back pain. At that time I not only had muscle spasms, but pain going down the front of my right leg and intense nerve pain circling my knee. After a few weeks of drugs, acupuncture, and finally massage, the spasms released and I started exercising every day. I started just walking and added strength building exercises slowly but surely. I thought I had really moved beyond the pain and spasms and although still weak, I thought I was healed for now.
I was planning on doing the prolotherapy to the lower back when I finished with the shoulders. Howvever, I learned from the shoulder treatments that prolotherapy was very good for relieving the muscle spams quickly as the body started its natural healing process and strengthened the ligaments.
And so instead of shoulder treatments, today we injected the lower back. The whole area. The lumbar and sacral areas of the lower back are already pretty sensitive areas, so I was not looking forward to feeling the injections. The needles used for the lidacaine, the numbing agent, are pretty small and just feel like little pin pricks. But when you do a dozen or more of them in sensitive areas, it is not pleasant. After 5 minutes or so of waiting for that numbing agent to take effect, we started the prolotherapy shots.
For teh most part, I did not feel the needles going in, but occasionally the doctor hit a spot that hadn’t been numbed as much as the others. Not pleasant, but not too painful. If it works, it will certainly have been worth all the pain experienced from the shots, as the ultimate goal is to eliminate the chronic pain.
What you do feel is the actual injection itself. Not the needle going in, but the solution itself being injected into your ligaments right at the bone. For the most part, it is just uncomfortable, but given that there were about 40 shots today, the fact that 2 or 3 were painful is not bad at all. And right now, there is not much pain, just some weakness and discomfort. But of course, that might be the vicodin talking.
Remember, when i went in for the prolotherapy treatment today, my lower back muscles were already weak and in and out of spasms. Walking, stretching, and the whirlpool helped this morning, but still, I was in pain before the treatment. So the next two to three days will be very telling. Stay tuned as I post follow ups on my lower back prolotherapy treatments.