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My husband has herniated disc

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I wanted to ask you all a question, cause he would never ask.LOl He has osteoarthritis and a herniation at C3 and C4. Last month he got his first of 3 steroid injections.

The shot was placed way farther on down from the herniated disc, like more at the C7 area.

He did not get any relief from this. I thought the shot was suppose to be placed closer to the herniated disc.

Anyone have any comments, or am I wrong as wrong can be.LOL


  • That is what they did for me with the epidural shot, I believe is was about a 4 inch needle guided with xray. The shot actually made my pain worse for several weeks. My pm only did one epidural steroid shot before moving onto the next procedures.
  • I just wasn't sure. The needle was inserted on the opposite side of pain around the C7. Gotta trust the doctor.
  • Sometimes where the needle is inserted may be different as to where it winds up. It may have been inserted by the C7 disc but actually guided into the upper disc. That was my case
  • I just had one done (first one) last week and the Dr. explained that at his clinic they always do cervical at the C7-T1 level due to the amount of space being available there. It is considered much safer and he says the injection will travel up and down from that level to the needed area. Hope this helps.
  • I have had 4 cervical ESIs, and one lumbar ESI so far. The reason for not injecting in the exact site is due to the spread of the medication going in. As gsugg says, it is safer to insert in that disc space. It is supposed to medicate the entire area once it starts working. They say 2-3 weeks, but mine always took a bit longer to take effect.
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