It is really nice to meet other people who have experienced the pain I am going through. I have tried 5 epidural Steroid injections since 2006, the last one being the worst/scariest in side effects. This one was done on 8/27/08 and the procedure itself was not bad, but I immediately encountered numbness in both legs before I even sat up from the procedure. I had to have 3 nurses help me into a wheel chair (I weigh about 275) in order to get to the recovery area. Once there I was helped again to the lounge recliner to relax in a private recovery room area. I had never had the numbeness in both legs in all my other injections and this was quite strange. I could move my legs, but could not support my own weight or get up on my own. After about 25 min the nurses came in to see if I was ready to get into the wheel chair again to be able to go home with my husband. I could not even stand up to try and turn around to sit in the wheelchair. Another 30 min and they tried again. This time, I heard the nurse exclaim "Oh NO!" as she was looking behind me - I just assumed it was maybe because when I stood up my knees locked and it shoved the chair back against the wall.
What the nurses did not tell me (and I found this out once I got home) was that I was incontinent and had urinated all over myself there in the recovery room. :''( Once I got home, I was extremely upset. My doctor did not give me anything to use once the shot (epidural steroid injection on both sides at the L-5 area) wore off. This injection did NOTHING for my pain/imflamation. In fact, I cancelled my follow up with the PA the following week I was so mad. Right now all I am doing is putting ice packs on my lower back a couple times a day. I don't know whether to go back to her or not.
A friend of mine at work, her husband had the procedure where they burn the nerve and has had great sucess with it. I know I am overweight, but I want to do some walking, but after 10 minutes I am in agony/tears and have to stop.