Re: spinal injections
It can be very useful to see the Pain Clnic - there is a lot they can do without needing MRI scans etc. An experienced pain management doctor can feel your spinal muscles for spasms and do trigger-point injections accordingly. I've even had very effective injections done by a GP at my surgery.
In addition the Pain Clinic will have the time to help you work out methods that can help you manage your pain in all sorts of ways that Mr Gibson won't be able to.
If I were you I'd go to the Pain Clinic and take whatever treatment they offer, as any remaining pain that you have by the time your appt with Mr Gibson comes round will then help him to pinpoint more effective treatment for you.
Good luck! xx
[SIZE="1"]37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.[/SIZE]