I had an epidural steroid injection at L1-L2 on Tuesday. No, it does not seem to have helped in the least as of now. I thought perhaps on day 2-3, it was helping, but now, the pain and inflammation is even worse than before. My main concern is that I've not had a bowel movement since Monday night I think. highly irregular(pun intended) for me. I am on pain meds, but I take a stool softener daily and have not had a problem. Before the ESI, I was having problems with urgency with both bladder and bowel. Basically, I didn't know I had to go until I really had to go: not much warning. Now, it's been 5 days since I had a BM and I'm still having urinary urgency, even wet my pants last night on the way to the bathroom. This is so embarrasing to admit.
Mainly, I'm wondering if the ESI could have slowed things down(intestinal-wise), or if Cauda Equina is possible with damage in the T12-L2 area??? I have loss of feeling and radicular pain in my abdomen that feels like severe menstrual cramps or even bowel problems, have for nearly 3 months now, so I can't really tell if anything is going on down there.