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3 Epidurals?

aggienickaaggienick Posts: 14
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Spinal Injections
I had my first epdural yesterday at c4-c5. The surgery center called back and wants to get me in for another on next Monday. They said that the shots are done in a series of 3. I called and left a message with my ortho regarding this since I was under the impression that there is only one shot administered. Is it normal to have three shots done back to back? Also the pain seems to have returned to my arms today could this be from the extra fluid (pressure) from the shot pressing on the nerves? Thanks Nick


  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    Ive been through numerous sets of epidurals. Ive always
    been scheduled for sets of three. If the first one worked for just a day they would continue the injections. After the second injection and if there was no improvement my doctor would cancel the third.
    I believe they are almost always done in a series of three.
  • Ive had 16 of these procedures so far..I live in Australia and they schedule 3 to 4 of these sessions and then review you..

    They inject steroids into your facet and SI joints and then they have burn the nerve endings..I found this to be of great relief to my hips and lumbar spine but no relief from thoraic pain.
    Personally I dont mind going into hospital every 2 weeks to have it done as the overall drop in pain level is enough to make me keep going..

    Always remember its your body and you are the one to make the ultimate decision.
    Take care
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