I'm new to this forum. I've suffered from lower back pain for about a decade, and was diagnosed with a lumbar disk herniation (L5-S1) about a year ago. I have started to get some pain in one hip, but other than that and the medial lower back pain, I have no mobility or strength problems.
I have had three epidural injections since my diagnosis; they help a lot. I have one scheduled for tomorrow (Monday) afternoon, and I was just checking the patient instructions. In addition to avoiding blood thinning medications, I'm supposed to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages for 5 days beforehand. I forgot about this and had a glass of wine with dinner.
I'd rather not reschedule my appointment. I was checking online to see what other doctors recommend, and drinking alcohol was not mentioned ONCE on any of the sites I saw. I also noticed that the period of time that they recommend patients avoid taking blood thinners was less than what my doctor recommends.
I further checked to see what the connection between alcohol and blood thinning (platelet formation) is, and when this effect would occur after drinking and how long it would last. I didn't look too hard, but I saw the results of the Framingham study, finding that participants in that study who were moderate drinkers had a lesser degree of platelet formation than those who did not. So it's not clear to me that the time period over which platelet formation would be affected has been well-established.
It seems to me that my doctor's pre-injection instructions are perhaps extremely stringent. Has anyone else noticed advice about drinking beforehand in their pre-injection instructions?