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Increase Cortisone effectiveness?

sierradmaxssierradmax Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Spinal Injections
Hi. First post here. I'm 29 yr. old male about to get my first ever cortisone injection at the L5-S1 level. I've had significant pain in my lower back shooting down my left leg that has progressively gotten worse over the course of 3 months. After numerous doctor visits, I'm finally receiving my injection this afternoon. I've heard stories where its effectiveness in patients lasts a couple days or even a couple years.

Does anyone have positive experiences and can give advice for an increased chance of effective performance?


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    You posted in the right area to read about other member stories regarding ESIs.

    We really dont have any formal statistics, but I am going out on the limb based on the type of posts I have seen on ESIs

    I would say the the edge is more towards those that had no immediate, short term or long term success with the injections along with those that had bad results.

    I am looking back over my last 16 or so ESI's (also counting those done on my shoulders and hips)

    My results are more like 60% favorable, 35% no change and 5% with negative impacts.

    Always keep in mind, that this spinal injections are part of an over conservative approach to helping patients. I rank these higher (along with other conservative treatments) vs aggressive treatments such as surgery.
    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
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