Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Veritas-Health LLC has recently released patient forums to our Arthritis-Health web site.

Please visit http://www.arthritis-health.com/forum

There are several patient story videos on Spine-Health that talk about Arthritis. Search on Patient stories
Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
Attention New Members
Your initial discussion or comment automatically is sent to a moderator's approval queue before it can be published.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

Low back pain - steroid injection. Any Advice or experience?

nikkipell31nnikkipell31 Posts: 8
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello! About 2 months ago I hurt my lower back and it ended me in the ER due to an odd twisting of my torso which caused so much pain! I found out the twisting was from my body moving away from the pain to take pressure off of the area. MRI/Catscan stated bulged/herniated discs in L4-L5, L5-S1. My body looked like a parentheses or a question mark and it is very uncomfortable. After oral steroids, Physical therapy, and some of the crookness going away, the spine specialist decided to do a steroid injection in the two areas to make it go totally back to normal (hopefully). That was done this morning and my body is twisted and crooked again more than ever!

Has anyone ever had experience with this type of problem of having a twisted or crooked torso? Has anyone had the steroid injections done before? Did they help?

I am getting married in June! Will my torso straighten out! Will the pain go away?

Any help is appreciated! Thanks so much!
Nicole Pelleschi


  • I've had lots of these injections to my neck, with variable results. They work to ease inflammation, that's all, and won't fix anything.
    Just helps relieve pain for a while.
    The problem you have now is not the discs so much as the muscles and other soft tissues that are going mad trying to both protect the injury and at the same time allow you to move around.

    So they are working really hard and are letting you know.
    Try muscle relaxants, or better still see a physio to have the spine checked and soothed, and then get a sports/ remedial massage.
    You will need a few treatments but that should help enormously.
    Just remember that the pain is likely to be from soft tissue, not the actual discs.
  • Thanks Peter! I can definitely feel the muscles jumping all around. I am just worried now that the pain is subsiding about fixing the underlying problem to make it better! Massage is definitely an option and i like the sounds of it too.

    Physical Therapy does not seem to be doing me much and I am even really good with doing the sessions at home too! What is a physio? Sorry....I am new at all of this.
    Nicole Pelleschi
  • Physiotherapist! They can be very helpful, with gentle examination of every joint, and can immediately identify problem areas with both joints and associated soft tissues.
    I get my neck gently massaged when it gets sore, and get immediate relief. The joints just gradually stiffen up and lose movement.
    From what little I know the discs should gradually heal themselves, but you must be very careful with what you do so you don't strain them again.
    Expect it to take many months.
    The discs may be the root cause of the pain, then upsetting the soft tissues.
    Or.. you may have muscle problems that are putting undue stress on the spine, with the discs becoming damaged.
    So you never quite now, but soft tissue treatment is needed in either case. It may be a long term, gradual buildup of stresses that resulted in the problem, so it will also be a similar path to getting better.
    I've lived with back and neck pain for a long time, and can vouch for these treatments.
  • Hey,
    had my first ESI two weeks ago. Have had my injury for four years now- and the shot did help me.
    I was terrified to have it done... and to my surprise it was an ok procedure. there was definite discomfort.... and I would do it again,
    I am unsure of the long term effects of steroids, so I will see how this one does me and go from there.
    I noticed a decrease of pain immediately- mainly in my butt cheek and into my lumbar a bit.
    I would say I have had a 30% improvement. I am walking with both feet moving the same- and WOAH, have I ever let my ergonomics go to hell in a handbasket!
    So, daily working on strengthening my leg, using the ice pad through out the day as I have inflammation still in my lumbar.
    Yesterday morning- I noticed a slight tweak of pain back into the lower part of my butt cheek/top of leg. Slight burning and aching-- not sure what that means-- but fingers crossed and a positive attitude the effect of this shot will last!
    Bluntly-- I figured I had a 50/50 chance at improvement.. better odds than the lottery! So, I went for it. Glad I did it.
    Most important for me also was finding a doctor I had a trust with, a natural rapport with. I did go to a few doctors until I found this one which I am so very happy with.
    Hope something I have written helps/informs you.
    Feel free to PM for any questions!
This discussion has been closed.
Sign In or Register to comment.