First, I am so glad I finally found a place where I can read all this great information regarding peoples experiences! I have herniations at my L3/ L4 and L4/L5 leaving me with flare ups every 2-3 years. I am at week 4 of my latest flare up and decided after three Dr. opinions to go with the epidural injections (yes plural) I had 2 injections yesterday one between each of those discs. The dr. warned me of possible discomfort as he wanted to get quite close to the pain. I felt an electro shock of nerve pain down my whole leg which lasted a split second and then he gave me the meds. which provided immediate relief. Again with the second injection, however that was more discomfort than pain in the hip region. So...after the injection I felt ZERO pain, I just cried with joy and the dr. did warn me that my pain would return....HELLO---8 hours later I am in pain again, my nerve pain down the leg is the same or even a little worse than before. Both my legs ache and I feel like I have just completed a half marathon. Been awake since 5am. I was so hopeful after the injections that I had relief and now I have no idea what to expect. Other side effects I had yesterday were ridiculous hot flashes and I was so hungry about 2 hours after the procedure (but that could have been that I was so relieved the whole thing was over I was finally able to stomach something.) I have lost 11 pounds since this latest ordeal. I guess I am asking PLEASE for others experiences...have they been similar or different? My dr. told me I should be able to go to work today--I am in no state and feeling so disappointed. Will the pain get better?