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epidural shot

whitecapwwhitecap Posts: 7
I would like to ask members that have had an epidural shot
how long it lasted. I just got one on 3/24 So far so good. I asked both the spine specialist I saw and the Dr that gave me the shot how long it was supposed to last. No answer. Also How many of these shots can you have in a year?


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    Hi, and welcome to S.H. forums. Everyone is different. Some the epidural lasts along time. And others not so much. And still other do not benefit from them.
    I personally got good results with them. And they lasted 6 mo. in the beginning. But as my ddd progressed, they didn't last as long. A rule of thumb is 3 a year. Some Dr. are better at hitting the right spot and use less. Therefor they can give 4 a year.
    Good luck, Jim
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  • I've not had success with these injections, but I have friends who have had them and their relief lasted for several years. You never know. Hope yours will be long lasting.
  • Hi,
    I had a series of 3 injections starting in early February and ending early March. They spaced each shot two weeks apart. It's been almost two months since my last injection and so far I feel great. The numbness/tingling in my leg is gone, but I still have a sore lower back. I did notice my calf cramps were worse for a couple weeks after the shots, but seem ok now. I don't know how long it'll last, but I'm praying it'll be a while.

    Good luck!
  • I had my first cortisone injection about 3 weeks ago and swore I would never do it again because it hurt so much. Can't believe they would do that without sedation. It didn't help much but I noticed that it didn't hurt to sneeze like before and that I could actually blow my nose so something was working. However, my sciatica pain was still there and the doctor said that sometimes the second injection does the trick so I went back last week. The procedure still hurt but it was great for 3 days, then had a relapse which I feel was worse than before. Three days later my muscles started cramping and a week to the day of my 2nd shot, my back froze up and I got my 1st ever ambulance ride to the hospital. They drugged me up and sent me home with percocet and valium. Needless to say, I will not be having the 3rd prescribed shot. My orthopedic surgeon is pushing for a discectomy... am meeting with him tomorrow to talk further. Can't keep taking these pills as I'm sleeping half the day away. My chiropractor says I am to get my MRI report and see if I'm a candidate for spinal decompression. I've tried accupuncture, accupressure, 2 different chiropractors, laser treatment and physical therapy so far. Somethings go to give soon and I hope it's not my back!!!!
  • I had one back in 2/10. On 5/10, my pain returned, so I had #2, which did nothing, so I opted for surgery, which I had in 6/10. Epidurals can last from a few months to forever, depending on the degree or severity of your disc problem. Good Luck!
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