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Hello, I'm 31 and I have multiple back problems. I have 3 slipped discs and now I've been diagnosed with DDD and cervical spinal stenosis. Next week I'm scheduled to have my very first ESI and quite honestly I'm extremely nervous. Does anyone have any tips or advice about ESI's? I've gotta find a way to relax and stop stressing about it so much. I'd like to say hello to everyone and say I'm very thankful to have stumbled across this forum. If anyone out there would ever wanna chat, feel free to message me. I need all the advice and support I can get about all of this. Its all very new to me.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Another link you may find useful.......http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/injections/epidural-injection-procedure

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • are usually done to reduce inflammation and pain. They start with a small injection of lidocaine to numb the area, and then the injection itself is done. You may experience a flare up of pain for a few to several days until the medication (combination of steroids and lidocaine )kicks in.
    They usually are done in a series of three if you get relief, and if not, the doctor may want you to try a different type of injection.
    Hope that helps reassure you a bit..
  • I have had several ESIs. I have only had one that really hurt, I think it was due to my nerve had a lot inflammation in it. Other than that it is just uncomfortable, and it may take a couple of days for it to work. Just try to stay calm and it will all work out.

    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
  • Thank you Sandi and Jennifer. I had my ESI done Wednesday afternoon. It was more painful than I had anticipated, but not unbearable. Right now I'm having a lot of numbness in my lower back. My ESI was done on my upper back though. Is there anything I should be looking out for as far as complications or something? Right now I'm not feeling right. I do have occasional numbness, but right now it seems to be getting much more severe.
  • I have had 6 and the first one was the worst, because I was anxious. It took about 7 days to feel the benefits( I did take all my pain meds while waiting) , and then I was so happy.I did it I could not believe how much better my neck felt. 2 issues I did have was I sweat a lot the first week and I had bad BO, I could not stand the way I smelled, lol. I started using soap with lemongrass in it and it helped with both issues. They lasted for about 8-10 weeks.
  • It can cause a flare up of pain and sometimes numbness too since they are adding fluid to an area that may be compressed somewhat. Usually it settles back down in a few days once your body adjusts to the injection and absorbs the medications used. You said you don't feel well, what is going on? How do you not feel well?
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