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nerve damage from epidural steroid injection

atwitsendaatwitsend Posts: 33
Hello all! I'm new here!

I was just wondering if anyone has suffered from nerve damage from an epidural steroid injection? I had one done and lost the feeling in my left foot, let, buttock and 'nether regions'. The doctor isn't sure whats causing it because the MRI came back with no new results.

This is the only thing I can figure out is that my nerve was damaged from the shot. I go for a EMG nerve test tomorrow.

Has this ever happened to anyone here???

Thanks in advance and I hope you all have a pain free day!

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  • Gosh that's horrible. I hope whatever the cause it turns out to be only temporary.

    I've got nerve damage, and I've had ESIs.... We just assumed the damage was because of scar tissue at that nerve..

    Good luck with your test tomorrow.
    CHOWUR
  • Last one I had left me in pain for two years and a Cyst. Had a new MRI after two years, they said I was a little worst but didnt see why I was in pain. Got a second opinion they told me about the Cyst and my hurniated L5. First doc's were covering each other!!

    Get a second opinion!!!
  • atwitsend, had a nerve block at L4-L5 no problem. Came back a week later and had one at L5-S1. Pain wen't way for about 4 hours then BAM Numb 3 little toes on right foot, heel and calf feels funny. Had MRI's CT scans, Mylegrams. No one could see anything. Still went ahead with 2nd micro. Unsuccessful but the time off work helped. That was 2 years ago. Probably permanent nerve damage. I blame the numbness on the nerve block.
    Hope you get better results
    Gregg
  • This is a side effect that I would never think of.
  • Had bad back pain on lower right side, dr suggested a
    epidural steroid injection to remove the pain. Several days later, noticed numbness/tingeling in right leg and or foot after injection. Shot did nothing for the back pain. Dr. said he did nothing wrong. Now I have TWO problems. I DO NOT recommend anyone getting these injections.

    I went to another back dr (neurosurgeon), and gave me an MRI/XRAYs, he and cant tell if the shot caused the damage, but suspects it did damage a nerve.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 10,045
    None of on the Spine-Health message board are qualified doctors.
    No one should take what one member says as the only answer. Each case is individual and the as such having something done or not done depends on the exact medical situation
    I am taking this up with the poster of the previous post
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I'm just letting people know what happened to me, that there are risks of epidural steroid injections. This is a big money machine for all involved in dispensing the shots. I could go on ranting on the subject, but I am sure Ron would criticize me again.
  • I gave birth to my 3rd son in may and i was completely healthy had the epidural. during the epidural i felt this shocking pain down the right side of my body the dr said its normal i asked a few friends and they said they felt like a cooling sensation down the right side. Then the day after my feet were a little numb thought nothing of it well 5 months later my feet hands arms and legs are numb and its painful my balance is horrible i can barely walk down or up stairs I cant even carry the baby infear my balance will give out or my hands get completly numb i drop him. I'm seeing a neurologist first he diagnosed me with Gillan-beret syndrome got treatments that didn't work (the cost 13100.00) had an M.R.I showed nothing (cost roughly 1000.00) had genetic testing (cost 1200) all this doesn't include the Dr visits every month.. I just dont understand because according to him these effects im having are not from the epidural.. how do u go from being completly healthy before i gave birth to being like this... I am seeing a dr that is affiliated to where I had my son so I don't know if he is covering up for the hospital screwing me over? i am just so angry that im going thru this and no one wants to listen to me people think its all in my head. My dr asked me if i have Munchhausen disorder? where would i dream all this up?? Im so aggravated
  • My 18 year old son broke his L5 and it healed but was still in a lot of pain. His doctor tough the main management center would help. They talked him into a epideral steroid injection. They did the,procedure and discharged him 5 minutes later. By the time we got home he was in severe pain and in the ER for hours. He then developed frightening whole body spasms that look like seizures and severe pain mostly on the left side. He has gotten progressively worse yet no one has been able to help him. His neurologist has done many test and all are negative. So now they are trying to convince him he had some sort of "Post Tramatic Stress" similar to soldiers! WHAT? They are making him feel he must be crazy or we did something to him, this bull shite! They refuse to say the epideral could have caused any damage. He also had been electrocuted 4 years ago in shop class at school that caused him a year of pain and many specialist. They also refuse that any nerve damage could have been done because of that. He is having symptoms of some sort of Dystonianew and they refuse to test him for any of the muscular
    diseases. Im so frustrated watching him in excruciating pain, and ER trips that get him no where. Has anyone else had such sever symptoms after one of these injections?
  • Unknown000UUnknown000 Posts: 4
    edited 07/26/2012 - 8:28 PM
    My 18 year old son had an injection after breaking hisL5 a year and half earlier. Right after the procedure he ended up in the ER. He didn't even make up the stairs to our front door. He has developed severe muscle spasms that look like seizures, severe pain in his back, hip and leg, so severe he screams and cries in pain. All test come back negative, no meds help, up to 4 or more ER visits per month, physical therapy doesn't help, nor dose anything! They also are trying to make him feel he has some sort of post traumatic stress problem caused by us in his childhood he just can't remember! I found that to be discusting and offensive to even suggest this to him. I also feel they are not doing or testing for enough things and are trying to cover up for the doctor who did the procedure! I'm too frustrated and I totally sympathise with you, if you get any answers please let me know and vise versa! A Mom
  • Ignore him! Please let us know what you think and what your experiences are!
  • Are you a doctor? People have a right to have a discussion about their experiences and feelings about these experiences. You are bullying and intimidating the poster from speaking their mind. "Free speech"!!! Ever heard of it? They didn't give a doctors or hospitals name so no one is being defamed. People have the right to compare experience and share their opinions!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 10,045
    I will repeat, no one on this site is permitted to provide medical advice. This is a terms of condition to remain on this site.

    I will also state, that since this is a private site, you are NOT allowed to say anything you want to. Free Speech is accepted unless there are violations.

    Free Speech is 100% accepted on a Public web site, not on Private Web sites
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I'm 49 years old and have never had any type of chronic pain management in the past. I do have a sensitivity to pain killers therefore I ask the doctor not to waste time prescribing them. My back pain started as a dull ache in the lower back about 9 months ago. It steadily progressed to about a level 5 on the pain scale, with intermittent pain and tingling down my right leg (through the buttock and down to my ankle). That's when I went to a doctor. A ESI was scheduled and performed on August 27th. I had shooting pain down my nerve path down my buttock and into my leg. I complained to the doctor who also said that means he was in the right place, and he continued the injection. I haven't had ANY pain relief and nothing but increasing pain since. When I went to the doctor about my back I didn't limp or favor one side, and my pain level was about a 5. I am now having muscle spasms, can barely walk, and every day the pain increases. I'm living with 8 level pain now. Gabapentin was prescribed and that hasn't even touched the pain. I take over the counter Tylenol and Aleve. This is really scaring me!!!
    Sqwurly
  • Just to tell of my own personal experience. I have had these shots on an off over the last 9 yrs. I know the dangers but they have been the only thing that has gotten me out of a bad flare up. When I have a flare up I cannot sit at all (but I can walk, and sleep with usually little discomfort). Reading some literature on the wed weakness is a side effect sometimes experience from these shots.

    I personally had it happen (whether it was exactly from the shot I do not know, but the timing makes me think it was). After receiving the shot 3 days later I would develop drop foot somewhat and other weakness in my leg, but would eventually go away 100%. Don't know if this helps but just wanted to share.
  • I've had a total of 5 epidural injections. 1st back in 2002 before my first back surgery, 2nd in 2006 when I had my C section, and I've had 3 in the last year before my second back surgery. I felt worse after my 3rd injection this year but I also had a repeat MRI that showed worsening of my spine, so that was most likely the cause. There are some people that get relief from epidural injections with no complications, but there can be some potential risk with any procedure.
    Progressive DDD
    Osteoarthritis
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
  • I am wondering this too, I tried to have an epidural, but the needle wouldn't go in, and it made my lower body so painful, couldn't walk for days. Had an MRI today, and now they say surgery asap, lumbar area, degenerative disks and stenosis.
    I will see a specialist next week, I heard surgery either works or makes it worse. I'm scared about it. I have been in chronic pain for 23 years, fybro and now this pain in my back for two years, never goes away just gets worse.
  • very commonly a flare up of pain for several days while the medication begins working. This is simply because the area where the medication is being injected is very small, tiny in fact, and you are adding additional fluids into an already difficult and tiny area. Once the steroids begin to take an effect, they commonly start reducing the pain.
  • Dear Friends,
    I have had a very bad experiment with the steroid lumbar injection. I have no life anymore. I got my last shot about August or September of 2013. My legs go crazy and my bladder. Every day is a struggle for me. I can't do anything anymore. Doctors say nerve damage. OK FROM WHAT. This started about 4 weeks after last injection. Now I'm on Lyrica Myrbetriq and Mirapex. I will be back to tell u the rest. Sorry got to lay down.
  • I've had epi's on & off for over 14 years, on 12/23/2016 my Pain Mgmt. doctor, who had pressured me into this injection & it was right B/4 Christmas, too, gave me one injection which felt like all the others. Unpleasant, but bearable. Then she sprayed something VERY COLD on my back (had never done THAT for an epi before) then shoved something very painfully into my lower lumbar (mine's at the L5/S1) which made my knees bend & my feet fly up almost hitting my butt & the doctor (wish they HAD!).
    I was in such excruciating pain, when they got me off the gurney both of my legs collapsed from under me, they put me in the "recovery recliner" where I sat with my arms bent at the elbows & my hands were stuck in "claws", all of my muscles were in spasms & clenched. They gave me a shot they said would help, DIDN'T. They had to wheelchair me out to my SUV where my husband waited, normally, I walk out of Epidural procedures, it took BOTH OF THEM to get me into the SUV. Oh, yeah, it was so painful, I cried the whole time, they kept saying that "it couldn't be that bad".
    I cried all the way home, still clenched up, should have gone to ER immediately, but like an idiot - from the PAIN - I didn't think of that. They had another epi sched. for 12/30, I spent days trying to get them to cancel, it took until 12/29 to get them to do that. I spent 12/31 - 1/1 in the hospital, admitted on New Year's Eve, nothing they gave me helped. They did an MRI with contrast on 1/1 then sent me home after the doctor got the results - they were looking for bleeds or abscesses - I felt so bad it had me in a bad frame of mind.
    I'd gone to the ER because since the 23rd I'd noticed more numb places & more burning places every day, I got scared. Pain Mgmt Dr had taken me off pain meds 4 months earlier (I'd had microdiscectomy, laminectomy on the L5/S1, left me with permanent nerve damage down both legs, mostly on the left, I also have degenerative disc disease, scoliosis & arthritis - Thanks Mom!) then took me off Gabapentin for the nerve pain replacing it with Lamotrogine and giving me Meloxicam for pain (Meloxicam is a blood thinner, I didn't know this, at the Epi they asked me what I took that morning then chastised me for taking Meloxicam - told them I didn't know that was what it was, THEY had forgotten to call me the week before to go over meds, besides they KNEW what I was on, they should have caught it the week before) which Meloxicam does NOTHING FOR PAIN. Went online, found out that you can just quit that drug, so I did. I also weaned myself off Lamotrogine & back onto Gabapentin. The only thing they give me for pain is a Butrans patch, not much help. I'd been on Opana & Percocet for breakthrough pain.
    I saw PM Dr. yesterday, when they saw the results of the Hospital MRI, they scheduled a Nerve Conductivity Test & another appt. W/Dr (which I usually only see Nurse Practitioners on monthly appts. & the Dr during Epi's) for the next week. FINALLY, they agree that there is something wrong!
    In 2000 I'd had emergency surgery for a herniated disc that had the sciatic nerve completely compressed & I couldn't walk on the left leg or lay on that side, didn't sleep for days before surgery, couldn't be done until 2 days after seeing surgeon so they gave me percodan & soma, take 2 of each ever 3-4 hours, they didn't even TOUCH the pain. Still some pain when I woke up in recovery, but by the time I got home that afternoon, I was able to sleep, on my BACK! I'd had the muscles on my left let atrophied, so my left calf was much smaller than my right, I couldn't feel the entire left side of my left foot, side of calf, back of thigh - but they burned.
    Now my entire left foot is numb & burns like heck, new numb places on BOTH LEGS, both buttocks burn, so I don't have a "good" side to lay on.
    I'm actually thinking of calling one of those lawyers you see on TV, I have not had this type of pain since before surgery in 2000.
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  • SongJinSSongJin Arizona Posts: 287
    edited 01/17/2016 - 1:13 AM
    RATatom03 said:
    I've had epi's on & off for over 14 years, on 12/23/2016 my Pain Mgmt. doctor, who had pressured me into this injection & it was right B/4 Christmas, too, gave me one injection which felt like all the others. Unpleasant, but bearable. Then she sprayed something VERY COLD on my back (had never done THAT for an epi before) then shoved something very painfully into my lower lumbar (mine's at the L5/S1) which made my knees bend & my feet fly up almost hitting my butt & the doctor (wish they HAD!).
    I was in such excruciating pain, when they got me off the gurney both of my legs collapsed from under me, they put me in the "recovery recliner" where I sat with my arms bent at the elbows & my hands were stuck in "claws", all of my muscles were in spasms & clenched. They gave me a shot they said would help, DIDN'T. They had to wheelchair me out to my SUV where my husband waited, normally, I walk out of Epidural procedures, it took BOTH OF THEM to get me into the SUV. Oh, yeah, it was so painful, I cried the whole time, they kept saying that "it couldn't be that bad".
    I cried all the way home, still clenched up, should have gone to ER immediately, but like an idiot - from the PAIN - I didn't think of that. They had another epi sched. for 12/30, I spent days trying to get them to cancel, it took until 12/29 to get them to do that. I spent 12/31 - 1/1 in the hospital, admitted on New Year's Eve, nothing they gave me helped. They did an MRI with contrast on 1/1 then sent me home after the doctor got the results - they were looking for bleeds or abscesses - I felt so bad it had me in a bad frame of mind.
    I'd gone to the ER because since the 23rd I'd noticed more numb places & more burning places every day, I got scared. Pain Mgmt Dr had taken me off pain meds 4 months earlier (I'd had microdiscectomy, laminectomy on the L5/S1, left me with permanent nerve damage down both legs, mostly on the left, I also have degenerative disc disease, scoliosis & arthritis - Thanks Mom!) then took me off Gabapentin for the nerve pain replacing it with Lamotrogine and giving me Meloxicam for pain (Meloxicam is a blood thinner, I didn't know this, at the Epi they asked me what I took that morning then chastised me for taking Meloxicam - told them I didn't know that was what it was, THEY had forgotten to call me the week before to go over meds, besides they KNEW what I was on, they should have caught it the week before) which Meloxicam does NOTHING FOR PAIN. Went online, found out that you can just quit that drug, so I did. I also weaned myself off Lamotrogine & back onto Gabapentin. The only thing they give me for pain is a Butrans patch, not much help. I'd been on Opana & Percocet for breakthrough pain.
    I saw PM Dr. yesterday, when they saw the results of the Hospital MRI, they scheduled a Nerve Conductivity Test & another appt. W/Dr (which I usually only see Nurse Practitioners on monthly appts. & the Dr during Epi's) for the next week. FINALLY, they agree that there is something wrong!
    In 2000 I'd had emergency surgery for a herniated disc that had the sciatic nerve completely compressed & I couldn't walk on the left leg or lay on that side, didn't sleep for days before surgery, couldn't be done until 2 days after seeing surgeon so they gave me percodan & soma, take 2 of each ever 3-4 hours, they didn't even TOUCH the pain. Still some pain when I woke up in recovery, but by the time I got home that afternoon, I was able to sleep, on my BACK! I'd had the muscles on my left let atrophied, so my left calf was much smaller than my right, I couldn't feel the entire left side of my left foot, side of calf, back of thigh - but they burned.
    Now my entire left foot is numb & burns like heck, new numb places on BOTH LEGS, both buttocks burn, so I don't have a "good" side to lay on.
    I'm actually thinking of calling one of those lawyers you see on TV, I have not had this type of pain since before surgery in 2000.
    Wow, this is an old thread come back to life. First off--I'm so sorry this is happening to you, that's really awful. I'm supposed to get one of these injections in about ten days...scary D:
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