I just got diagnosed a few days ago with arthritis of 4 facet joints (in my lumbar spine). Today I went to get 4 epidural injections of cortisone. However, only 1 of the 4 were done because it hurt extremely bad! I could feel the doctor feeding the epidural catheter through the tissues in my back, even after numbing the area. The procedure started to hurt so badly, that I started crying, I felt nauseous and my legs started shaking uncontrollably. He told me that because of my fibromyalgia, all my tissues are extremely sensitive, more sensitive to the procedure than people without FM. When I got in the car, I started crying my eyes out. I feel stupid that I couldn't even tolerate this procedure which I was hoping would decrease at least my back pain. I feel so stupid that I freaked out from the pain and started crying in front of the medical staff. I know it's not my fault and I shouldn't feel stupid but I do. I'm sick of being sensitive to all types of touch, smells, sounds, standing too long, sitting too long, laying too long...I'm really sick of having fibromyalgia!