I sincerely hope your husband is going to be OK, but when he does go in for the operation be careful of what you sign off on. Myself I had 1 injection and had a very bad almost allergic reaction to it as soon as the pain meds was lowering in my system i.e. trouble swallowing rapid heart rate feeling llike my tounge was swelling hard time breathing etc. My friend wanted to take me to the hospital but I said no, I cannot stand ER's, instead I went home and it took most of the day to recover. Eventually when I saw the doctor next and told him of the reaction we had decided to operate after thinking about things I forgot 10 yrs prior I had been given presidone for a throat operation and had simular sid effects so we had to go the route of surgery.
Before the surgery I had told the doctor and anastegiologist that I was allergic to steroids, it was even marked down on one of the paper copies they gave me to sign and almost at the end of the surgery he used Depo-Medroll in the epidural space where they had the camera while performing the l3/l4 and l/5 lamenectomy and partial discetomy due to inflamation. He used this substance that is a steroid on freshly open op site onto my awaiting nearves and closed. A few days @2-3 I developed a severe headache and was emitting fluid from the op site by the hand towel fullly soaked so I had to go back to ER and be admmitted to hosp.and latter3 days they finally operated, in the report they put down that the fluid was clear but it was pink because my friend had to wash it for me and it was definately had blood mixed down with it.
This was in 08 and now the doctor dumped me at least 9 mos. ago said he do nothing more for my pain, which had by then increased 100% not to mention lost of use of walking for more than a few feet, incontance issures etc. I sought a 2nd opion from a neurosurgeon whom ran a seriea of test including an MRI w and w/o contrast, a spect scan, and an xray of my spine bending forward and backward (my neck was killing me even at the beginning of this nightmare and the 1st dr. did and mri of it) that was in sept. of 08 was diagnoised with Adheasive Arachnoiditis, Epidural Fibrosis, Stenosis of both the lumbar and cervical over 4 vertabrae's, Failed lamenectomy syndrome, Spondilosis and I am now having problem with Neuropathy in my hands and especially feet.
Just make sure they do not use Depo-Medrol on your husbandl, my friend said that after seening my become a partial parapaligic there is no way he will have surgery done on his back befor my operation he needed 2 disc's replaced. I have read a lot on this subject and most people whom contract menningitis after epidural treatment and even while having a baby they used Depo-Medrol within the injection sight. Now the manufactures state they do not recommend the use for it to be used directly on exposed nearves but the doctors keep using it, why?
I am a 48 yr old woman that cannot even pick up here grandchildren, play with them ha that's a joke, I just keep detiorating at a very fast pace and with no insurance, but I cannot finx 1 lawyer in the area I live in to sue this doctor or anyone in the op room whom should have looked at the chart that said I had an allergy to steroids. I don't know if they think it is just to one but there was a reation to 2 different ones, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to think there may be more steroids she's alleric to?