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Maybe its time for another epidural

tammycttammyc Posts: 894
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Lower Back Pain
How long do they usually last? I had one a month and a half ago. At a month the pain started to return in my lower back and hips and now my leg pain is coming back as well. Its to the point now that i'm having trouble functioning again. I just want to curl into a ball and not move because of the pain and i'm tired all the time again. I really don't want to have to call and make another apt. for another injection but it did help the first time. Painful definitely!!!!


  • Tammy,

    The injections on everyone will last different amounts of times depending on the the degree of the issue. The good news is you got relief. More times than not they have to be repeated and sometimes done in a series of 3 to give better relief. So don't worry about calling tomorrow and making the appointment, the doctor will be happy you had relief with it, and knows they hit the sweet spot so to speak.
  • i finally called my pain specialists office and i have an apt. on the 2nd. of September to have another epidural done. I'm hoping this one will last longer then a month!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    There are those that get zero relief from ESIs, some get temporary relief and there are those that the ESI helped enough to break a pain cycle that they were good for a long time.

    I guess I can not understand why there are these differences. Sure, with different people, I can see different results.

    But for the same person. I've had cervical, thoracic, lumbar ESI along with shoulder and now hip injections.
    Some worked and gave me relief for a while and some didnt help at all.

    Depending on your doctor and insurance company they may put a limit to the number you can receive in a year. For me, the max was three. But for the ESIs, they were all given within a 2 month period of time.

    I am wishing you good luck with your next ESI
    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 can't wait to have it done on the 2nd. of next month. I know it sounds strange that someone would want a need stuck in there spine but it sure beats dealing with the awful pain every day. My leg and foot pain is getting worse day by day.I've been sleeping two or three hours a night and it sucks. I'm so worn out and sometimes i just want to take a knife and cut my legs off the pain gets so unbearable. well i'm finally starting to get sleepy so i'm going to go and try and sleep for a bit.
  • I got wonderful relief from ESIs for my lumbar disc problems, but it just made the facet and stenosis issues stand out more. But it gave me permanent relief from sciatica and disc issues.

    I hope that a regimen gives you relief for quite a while to come - it does happen.

    Good luck, my friend.
  • done in the epidural space in your spine .its the stuff they pump in thats works or not .like if you are having a baby you could have an epidural injection that's so strong that you can't feel anything from your pubic bone down same thing when you have an operation on a AAA{abdominal aortic aneurysm} but that would be no good for general back pain .all they normally give you is long acting iv pain killers and anti inflammatory .you could have facet joint injection if they are inflamed .but your consultant will know whats best .all the spinal injections {and i have had many over the years] are only temporary and in many cases don't work if your back is full of epidural fibrosis {scar tissue} post op.you may find that a good TENS is just as much help as an injection .and next time you have an injection in your spine insist on a decent amount of iv sedation befor they stick you
    good luck
    tony {uk]
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • I'm getting a little nervous about the injection. The first time i didn't know what to expect but now i do so the butterflies are coming on. I'm not saying by any means that i wouldn't have it done but please tomorrow come quickly. ;)
  • I hope you get longer relief from this one. 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
  • :) thanks Cathie and Charry, here's hopin everything goes well tomorrow.
  • I had my injection this morning and it was nothing like what i felt for the first one. He did exactly the same area and exactly the same way the freezing he put in caused some burning but it did the first time as well. When he put the steroid in i didn't feel a thing, now i'm having a lot of pain in my back and hips and legs. The first time i was completely numb after the injection but this time i didn't have that sensation. I know that i am walking a bit funny but they don't feel numb it feels more like an aching sensation in all my nerves. Should i be worried that this one isn't going to work? Please anyone who has had them done can you respond.I'm just a little worried that it didn't work for some reason this time. :??
  • I always had a lot of pain after mine except once I felt great! It always took up to 2 weeks or more to feel better as the steroids hopefully are working to take down the inflammation. Usually after one injection and if there is temporary improvement your Dr. will give a total of 3 for the year.

    Keep icing and take it easy for about 3 days so the steroids work on that area. Well that's what my Dr. said to do but your Dr. may have given different advice. I hope this one helps like the last one. Do you notice any of the numbness is less and the pain is more? Take care and praying it works for you. 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
  • Definitely much less numbness and much more pain. This is horrible,i hope it doesn't go on too long.I can't find a comfortable way to lay.
  • I'm sorry to hear that it did not give you relief so far. I hope your pain gets better soon.
  • I am allowed to get 3 injections a year. Usually they only last a month or so. I get wonderful results. The last one I had , The Doctor did at a surgery center since the pain was so bad, I couldn't hold still in the office.

    I had the longest results yet. It lasted almost 2 and 1/2 months. It was like I had no back problems at all. Talk about being in heaven. The bad part is the pain is back and is a bad as ever. I am going to hold off as long as I can. I have noticed thinning of the skin on my arms, that can tear easily.

    I hope you get longer relief with this injection.
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