I will definitely say a prayer....in fact, I'll pray you through tomorrow.
I'm right with you on the needles in the back thing....in fact, I've never met ANYONE that likes the idea of that. Hopefully you'll get an experienced doctor that can perform the procedure with the least discomfort. When I went through pain clinic during my pregnancy, for hip pain from avascular necrosis, they were pretty amazing at performing difficult painful procedures....and keeping me comforable at the same time.
I'll be hoping that they get good results with the first epidural, so you won't need to endure more than that. One thing I might suggest for your nerves prior to the appointment....something I do reguarly now, is take my MP3 player and headphones and listen to my favorite relaxing music prior to the appointment. I'll sit in the waiting room with it and always ask if I can listen to my music while they are setting up and getting ready to start the procedure. I know myself quite well now, after many years of procedures, and if I'm left laying there with my own thoughts leading up to it, I'll stress and worry myself needlessly. I don't know if you have any type of music player you could use, but just thought I might offer the suggestion. Music always soothes my mind and soul and helps my body stay relaxed.
I'll be praying for the best possible outcome....and for everything to go wonderfully. Please let us know how it turns out.