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Going to get ESI in the next week....

Mandalina07MMandalina07 Posts: 22
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Spinal Injections
What can I expect as far as long term effects of the actual epidural. I have never had kids but people have told me that they still have back problems due to pregnancy epidurals, could the steroid injections cause the same type of problem??


  • You should not have any long-lasting effects from an ESI, assuming the doctor doing it is well-qualified. Most now do it under fluroscopy so they know the needle is going into the exact spot that will provide the most relief for your particular pain.

    The doctor could give you oral steroid medication for the same purpose, but it would take longer to have any effect. The steroid injection is a way to get the medicine to the affected area quickly...to hopefully help any inflammation in that immediately area. Just as taking oral medication, the steroid will be in your blood stream for a period of time afterward, and then it will clear and be gone. Since steroids are powerful drugs, you are limited to how many ESIs you will be given during a six month period.

    You may have a little soreness at the injection site for a day or two, and you will probably be directed to use ice to help with this pain and swelling.

    Some people get a lot of relief from these injections. Hopefully that will be true for you, too.

    Good luck.

    xx Gwennie
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