For the pain in my legs and now, my hip, I get injections into the joints (spine and pelvis for my legs and the hip for my hip). I see Dr. Joseph Meyer with Interventional Pain Management in Columbia Missouri.
When I started seeing him a year ago, I had lost hope that my leg pain would be fixed… ever. I also had no clue what to expect. I had never visited a pain management clinic because I had never needed to manage pain long term.
When my primary care doctor set up the appointment, he actually told me, he made it with Dr. Meyer because he thought we’d get along. I can be a difficult patient and weird shit happens to me because I am just naturally clumsy.
It turns out, my primary care doctor was absolutely correct. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Meyer. Today, I went in for a follow up to my injections in April (yep, it’s been a while) and he decided to check out my hip that the ER told me didn’t hurt.
Turns out it really does. Dr. Meyer worked me in for steroids and numbing stuff injected into my hip. Tonight, I am mostly pain free. I still get a twinge when I stand for a long time, but it doesn’t just ache all the time like it did.
For the record, injections into the spine and turns out the hip, are really painful. I want to scream and cuss when they do them. The medication burns like liquid fire. Also, there is a pressure-induced pain where it just feels like your skin and muscles are going to rupture from them pushing the medication in. In the hours that follow, I have to keep a log of my pain and when my legs stop hurting, but the truth is, all I can think about is how much the injection sites hurt. Movement makes me feel like the injection sites are ripping open. I’m just miserable on those days.
I keep doing it because that day or two of pain is soooooo much better than the crushing sensation I get in my legs. And it has surprisingly really really helped my migraines. I might have three or four a month now (except right now when I’mm so stressed out that moving my head seems to make it hurt). So much better than Botox.
Anyway, I was lying on my left side, with my right butt checked exposed to nurses, nurse practitioners, and the doctor, and I was waiting for the pain that I knew was going to come. And when it did, I wanted to scream. I had a moment when I wondered if the pain in my hip was really as bad as the pain from the injections.
As the meds were going in, Dr. Meyer was telling me how he wanted to be a serial killer in one of my books and how he wanted to kill people. It made me smile despite the pain. Which is why I manage to make it through the injections without screaming, each and every time. Dr. Meyer helps keep me focused on other things, things that make me smile and take my mind away from the pain.
And it didn’t just start in the procedure room. He was using “air quotes” when we talked about my “hip pain” that the ER said I didn’t have. He was making jokes while forcing my hip to move in ways that it absolutely did not want to move.
He’s thorough, but he seems to remember that sometimes, a smile and a giggle is some of the best medicine. And he did this with a full schedule when really, I wasn’t supposed to see him today, just discuss with the nurse about my last injections and then she said she wanted to talk about my hip pain… Sure, because it is killing me. He just fit me in and got it sorted out to treat me today for something the ER told me I was imagining. I do have sciatica, but there is indeed pain in the joint that is not going to respond to Tylenol no matter how large the dosage. Hence why he put anesthesia and steroids into it today.
So, if you live in Mid-Missouri and need a good pain management doctor, I highly recommend Dr. Meyer with Columbia Interventional Pain Management. He can keep you smiling regardless of how much it hurts and sometimes, that is the only thing that keeps a person from screaming.