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1st time doing spinal injections

mary 71mmary 71 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Spinal Injections
I just had 8 injections in my lower lumbar area
done yesterday and I am having extreme pain down my buttocks and legs. I was wondering if anyone else experienced this and if so, how long did it last? Have nerve damage, arthritis, scoliosis and fibro. Thanks all. Mary


  • Increased pain after an injection is totally normal. My pain is always worse for a few days after I get my injection. If it continues to be as bad after 5-7 days, then i would contact your physician and let them know.
  • As you would be aware, injections can only ever mask the problem.
    What have you been able to achieve in the way of diagnosis and corrective treatments?
    I'm wondering if you have nerve irritation from a spinal joint being out of alignment or position.
    Have you seen a chiropractor?
  • I had a series of steroid injections 6months ago a a part of the specialists diagnostic tools. I was in alot of pain for 3-4 days after to the point I went to an emergency clinic to see if there was something really wrong. But I was told that the fluid pumped in there during the injections can press on nerves and cause new/worse pain.
    But I totally agree with traci... If your still sore after a week you may want to get checked out.

    Best of luck and keep us updated :-)
  • Hi all, I am new to this site, I had my first series of lumbar injections (Aug 12-Sept 16th) at 2 weeks apart... I did not feel worse after mine, nore better, I don't see that they have helped me at all... I have the following : Grade 2 Antero. of L5 on S1 with bi-pars defect.,Severe disc height loss, bi-foram-narrowing & flattening of both L5 nerve roots, both S1 nerve are also encroached, Bulging discs at L1-2, L2-3, L3-4, L4-5 At T11-12 a 5mm ds protrusion w/mildly deform ventral cord. Along with DDD thru out whole spine, Disc Narrowing at C5-6, C6-7 due to uncovertebral osteophytosis (report from Nov-08 on C-spine) Had another MRI on neck.. but can not find it, requested a new copy.
    I am glad I came accrossed this site, as there are ppl here who understand what I am going thru.
  • These can be a bit hit and miss or never going to help.
    You might want to have another go with them in a slightly different area-it might just work this time.
    If not, then you need to try something else unfortunately.
    I think they work on the inflammation, so if you don't have much of that, you won't benefit.
    My brother in law has a squashed disc and had intense pain. The first injection did nothing, the second gave good relief. He now has regular chiropractic-3 times a week-and is getting better.
    I have had 9 sets of cervical injections. They always gave some benefit, but it varied and was often gone within a short time.
    Remedial massage was my first breakthrough in breaking the headache cycle, followed by the best of all-daily dose of magnesium oil.
    These options may not be what you need, but it just shows that you have to keep looking. Different medicos have different ideas and experience to offer.
    Good luck.
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