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ESI Don't think it worked

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in Spinal Injections
I had my first ESI on Wednesday and I don't think it worked. I know it can take several days and maybe I should hold out judgement for now.

I guess I should back track a bit. This morning I was actually almost pain free for a couple of hours then it came back with a vengeance... Would it be normal for it to stop the pain for just a few hours and then come back?

I was so tickled this morning and then it was pain as usual.
Dang it.
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  • hi hun,
    give it a few more days.
    i rested after mine. its only friday and you just had it wednesday.
    i had no relief from it for about a week. i felt very bruised for about 4 days.
    then it did its job. for my throacic anyway. my lumbar it did not touch , but that was because i had the spondylolithesis.

    hang in there ICE ICE ICE to keep any swelling down and just take it easy.

    if you still feel crappy by monday give them a call and see what advice they have for ya..

    RESTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT
    huggies
    terri >:D< >:D< >:D<
  • I agree with Terri it takes a few more days to work... I had relief and could feel my toes and some of the numbness has gone away and some of the tingling. I'm getting more calf aches as opposed to it being numb before. I'm not sure if the steroids are relieveing some of the inflammation. I hope you're feeling better soon. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Thanks for your replies. Like I said I had about 3 hours yesterday morning where I really felt great but then it was back to usual. This could have been a fluke and had nothing to do with the epidural.

    I wrangled some tramadol out of the nurse practisioner last monday but it doesn't even come close to cutting through the pain. He told me to use it sparingly. Sorry, can't do it, the pain is too much. I just can't get it through anyone's head how badly I hurt. The nurse practisioner (sp) really didn't believe me. He said I needed to mediatate when I was in pain and concentrate on where the pain was and try to relax the muscles. This all sound good in therory but sorry, my whole back hurts and its hard to concentrate on anything. I feel like telling him to put a few rocks in his shoes and spend a few days doing and enjoying your normal activities.

    I am so tired of being patted on the head and being told I am not trying hard enough to get well and I really haven't given it time to heal. I have been dealing with this for almost a year and it has steadily gotten worse.

    I am getting more angry by the day...
  • Hey Suziee,

    Boy, I can relate. I had my injection on Thursday. I was so thrilled as I had no real pain until this morning (Saturday). Now it is back like normal. I'm with you, now researching how long it takes these things to work. But it is like being very cruelly teased. In my case, it has been four years of sciatic pain.

    Let's hang in there and give it a few more days. Let me know how you are doing.

    jaycey
  • Bummer. Sorry you are back in pain as well. It is kind of a cruel joke to give you a few hours of feeling human again only to have it taken away.

    Mine still hurt after the ESI and it wasn't until a day and a 1/2 later that I was feeling soooo much better.

    Will you be having another one or is it still to soon to tell? I'm not sure what they will do with me. I don't know about you but I am getting tired of the doctors thinking something will help only to have it fail. I am at my wits end.

    Keep me posted on how you are doing...
  • Hi-Sorry to hear that your ESI doesn't seem to be working."They" say it should work within 48-72 hrs(I've had many so I'm not just throwing around #'s here) ..and I honestly do hope that yours is successful.

    Only one ESI worked for me and that was in my hip,and for bursae,not DDD.The several that I've had in my neck were unsuccessful and the last one in June was a scary experience that I won't be repeating.

    Meditation works for me when I feel a cramp coming in my foot,but that took me YEARS to master..and there is no way I can do the same thing for my neck pain..which is constant and totally different.

    If your pain is constant and you had a few hours of relief..something that never happened before..only to have the pain return,it's my opinion,but I've been known to be wrong before-that you probably won't get much more from this injection.I REALLY hope that I'm wrong about this,but it has been my experience and of course we are all different.

    I can understand where your anger and frustration is coming from.
  • Yep, I think my relief yesterday morning was a fluke and didn't have anything to do with the ESI. Also I had heard that after first getting the injection you would feel quite a bit of relief but that was due to the other medication they inject you with prior to the actual ESI. When I was done with ESI I still felt the same pain, no relief at all. I wish they would do one in my thorcic area but the Doctor doesn't seem to think there is any damage there. But dang it, that's where I hurt....
  • suziee said:
    I had my first ESI on Wednesday and I don't think it worked. I know it can take several days and maybe I should hold out judgement for now.

    I guess I should back track a bit. This morning I was actually almost pain free for a couple of hours then it came back with a vengeance... Would it be normal for it to stop the pain for just a few hours and then come back?

    I was so tickled this morning and then it was pain as usual.
    Dang it.
    I have had 7 or these and only one worked and it only lasted for 46 hours and like you I was so happy and then the pain was back. When you are pain free for a few hours or less you think "Wow I've got it made" and then more pain. Good luck if you have more and I really hope they work for you in the future. Kitty
  • Jeez, 7 of them and only 46 hours of relief. That's awful! Where is your pain? Have you tried anything else yet. Are you on meds for the pain?

    I'm not sure if they will do another on me or not. They are supposed to call this week and see how I did and then we will go from there. In my opinion it was not a success. I feel that that this has gone on long enough and I need to see a pain specialist. I don't care anymore about becoming dependant on a drug, I want to live my life again instead of just existing. You don't know if today will be your last day on this earth and if it is I don't want to spend it in pain.
  • Hi Suziee,

    Not sure if I will have another injection. From what I have read, they inject pain killers with the steriods. These wear off in 24 to 72 hours. If that's the case, it fits with me. I must say that I have cut down on the amount of pain killers I am using since the ESI. I am still going to wait and see. For me the next option is more surgery and I am not ready for that yet.

    Hang in there and do let me know how it goes for you. jaycey
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