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Epidural Steroid Injection


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Comment from: Brook, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I just had 2 epidural steroid injections done. I am 13 hours post procedure and feeling fine. I am a little sore and drowsy which is to be expected. The procedure wasn’t bad at all. The first stick was a little painful, like getting several shots at once but after that I just felt pressure. My doctors were wonderful. I didn’t do anything to prepare. They had me stay in my regular clothes. I was able to eat and take my medicines prior to having it done.

Comment from: Cyn01, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I just had an epidural steroid injection this morning and it was the easiest thing I have ever did. I was out within an hour and although experiencing some pain and being tired it was not a big deal at all.

Comment from: Tabouli , 55-64 (Patient) Published: August 12

I was very scared and anxious the day of the epidural steroid injection. The doctor gave me a Xanax under my tongue 15 minutes before the procedure. I did not have the luxury of calling off work the day of or after, I think that helped to keep my mind off of it.

Comment from: Zowie74, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I suffer from chronic back pain and fibromyalgia. I had 3 rounds of epidural steroid injection, the first round was the worst, the day after the injection I had spasms on my legs that lasted 3 days; it was so painful. I went to see my internist/primary doctor and she prescribed a muscle relaxer it sure did the trick for me. There are places that give you a bit of general anesthesia and other will give you 1 pill to relax, a pinch of lidocaine to numb the area, I have tried both and the lidocaine works better for me. Everyone is different and you only know the pain levels you can tolerate. My cousin advised me to continue the treatment, and that she had a bad 1 time experience, she continued and is doing well now. On my side today I had the 1 injection of my 3rd round and I feel no pain whatsoever, only soreness and I use a cold pad for 20 minutes every hour. Hope my experience helps.

Comment from: JBB, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I had pain in many places from June to October. I finally saw a pain specialist who recommended an epidural steroid injection. I followed the doctor's directions for preparation. The one thing I should have done is research. I had the injections in October and seemed fine for 2 days but on the third day I awoke to burning pain in my whole left leg and I couldn't stand on it or walk. I ended up in the hospital and then rehabilitation. They never could diagnose the leg pain though they suspected the steroid injection. The first real help I got was in rehab. They taught me how to walk with a walker, get in and out of bed, etc. The physical therapist answered my questions about how long this would last. He said it could be short term or last a year or never go away. I'm writing this now in December. I'm home but I can't do much of anything. I wish I had done some research.

Comment from: Granny, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I'm writing this so people can be more informed about doctors and what they do and can do. I have had 3 of these epidural steroid injections. I also see this on my records, cervical L (C7 - T1), DS, Depo 40/0 with a slash through the zero. I have 4 bulging discs and the C-5 and C-6 are pressing and flattening my nerves and spinal cord. With that said, I had everything sent to my neurologist that I haven't seen in years. So both doctors stated that I was not a surgical candidate. I paid about 1,200.00 for those.

Comment from: Tom, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: September 04

Epidural steroid injection was given without anesthetic, my choice. This injection was given a month earlier with no pain or being uncomfortable. A month later I returned for another injection of lumbar spine right side, same as the previous location and at the same time given a lumbar center injection. The center injection was without pain. However on the right side, the same location as before, I received a jolt which felt like electric current running to my shoulder. This lasted for over a minute and was severe.

Comment from: Petemcki, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 26

I had the epidural injection for a collapsed disc. I too screamed out in agony as the surgeon tried to locate the correct nerve root exiting the spine. It was the worst pain in my life and I wanted it to end. I'm at home now post operation 2 days, I get burning into my foot like it is on fire and walking with two sticks. I'm hoping this subsides over time.

Comment from: CatCrazy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I had an epidural steroid injection about 25 years ago and it was absolute torture. I screamed out in pain, couldn’t breathe, and passed out. I walked out a few hours later and the next day I couldn’t walk at all. I am sure I was hurt by the injection because I lost use of my bowels too and had to have immediate surgery. Of course no doctor would ever admit to making a mistake. I refuse injections, and my doctors get mad because I tell them offering an injection is not a treatment I am willing to risk my life for. Also, treatment option means choices, not one thing that I have had serious issues with. Doctors could care less about hurting patients so try to figure it out on your own.


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Comment from: Margie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I have low back pain and leg pain from degenerative disc disease and was doing fine until, I fell last October. Now it hurts all the time and the doctor says I need fusion of 3 discs but he said it would be serious recovery. So now I am trying the epidural shots to see if they can help.


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