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Has anyone had this treatment.???

thomtthom Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease


  • There is some excellent information in the treatment section. What part of your back is an issue? For me, everybody is different, I had cervical injections performed by 4 different surgeons (a total of 9 injections) and none of them provided any relief. I had triggerpoint and even botox and nothing helps my cervical pain

    Completely different story with lumbar. I've had injections at l4/l5, l5/s1 both left and right numerous times and get about 3 months of relief.
    Hope this helps. Good luck to you and let us know how you are doing.

    I re-read your post, assume with leg pain that it is lumbar, it worked for me.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • I had one injection and found no relief from it. The additional pain and discomfort the injection caused were enough for me not to try it a second time however my mother had one 30 something years ago, just one injection series (several injections), and hasn't had back pain since while my aunt had several rounds of injections each lasting a bit longer than the last
  • If it works than it doesn't get any better than that. I have a friend that had it in her back and it has been 2 years. I had a cervical epidural shot and was pain free for 3 days and after that the pain slowly started coming back but wasn't at the level before when I was due for the next shot and was excited that the second one would help even more but from the time the shot was administered I felt the nerves and the nerves only got worse from there. I declined anymore shots after that.

    Every person is different and I am not familiar with the back since all my issues are in the neck but really what do you have to lose. Being in pain sucks so hopefully it will help but if not you can say you tried. I know I feel like a human rat going through all the procedures and drugs and I keep saying no more but than I find myself saying ok with high hopes, lol.

    Good Luck with whatever you decide to do!
  • I've had injections and they do relieve pain for a few weeks for me at about 20-40%. Some people get more or less relief so it's up to you if you want to give them a try and many Surgeons and insurance companies require you get spinal injection before surgery.

    There's also some good articles in Spine Health on injections. I usually get nerve blocks at the hip and SI joints and facet joint injections at the same time as the lumbar epidural, something like a one stop deal and just get 'er done.

    Can you make a short signature under your post or fill in your history of your injury a little? I hope the injection helps. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Hello. I've had several of these in my cervical area before 2 neck surgeries and 2 in my lower back before and after 2 fusions and instrumentation, never getting more than 1-2 days of relief. Last Monday, I had another in my L-5 S-1 area, and I got a week out of it. These do work for some people, but getting 1 week out of the last one was a major milestone because of all of the stuff I had done and still probable need fixed. DDD sucks, and now it's so bad even after surgery I'll going to try the electrical stimulator. Dr. took me off of Norco and percocet and went to straight Morphine, 30mg, time relaese twice a day. I take 1800 mg.s Neurontin, 2 Morphine x30 mg, and Lidoderm patches, and that's it!! ( 800 mg Ibuphrophen sometimes, but it doesn't help)Sometimes it is enough, then that nerve pain hits and I'm done for the day. My pain specialists goal was to reduce my meds and finally get me on something long acting, as my family Dr. wouldn't give me Morphine or Oxycontin at all. But when that nerve pain hits, in the buttocks and left leg, there's nothing that will touch it. Plus, I'm still working and seriously considering Social Security disability, as I've had one knee replaced and the other needs it, badly because it's now started to lock-up on me.

    DDD, C4-C5 fusion (4 screws, plate)and 4 level cervical laminectomy, Fusions at L3, L4, L5, 3 level lumbar laminectomy, 6 screws, rods, bone graphs, severly compressed at L5- S-1 nerve roots, right knee replacement and the left one comming soon. Getting old isn't for sissies-------:)
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