Like a lot of people with Ehler’s Danlos III, I have back problems and hip problems. In the past, I have received epidurals for the pain and the injections have been lifesavers. This time my body decided to be uncooperative.
The first injection went fine, but as they began the second injection Cerebral Spinal Fluid began to leak. They stopped the procedure to make sure it would stop. It did so I went back into the operating room a second time. When I came to I could feel nothing from the waist down and couldn’t move anything from the waist down either. Now I am not talking about numbness or weakness. I had full on temporary paralysis. It was such a strange feeling!
Looking awesome in my funny hat and gown.
My doctor wasn’t too worried and assured me it wouldn’t be permanent. She said out of he two thousand procedures she has done this has only happened once before. Because I am special like that.
Over the next few hours I began to regain feeling in my hips, legs, and finally toes. The saddest part of the whole experience is that when I could feel nothing from the waist down was the least pain I’ve been in for the past six years. It was a strange thing to enjoy (only because I knew it was temporary).
Now the recovery is extremely painful and slow. I can only help some of it helped. We will see.