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Epidural injections not for everyone

Anyone contemplating this treatment should be aware it can go awry. Several years ago I was scheduled for one, my first, for severe back problems(spondylolisthesis and associated problems). When the doctor inserted the needle, it sent my whole nervous system into shock. I told him and he asked me questions. After about 5 minutes he asked if I wanted him to withdraw the needle. Duh! I thought he had already removed it. Never did get the injection. They gave me a pain pill, and ended up taking me to the car in a wheel chair about 45 minutes later. It was awful. Things were a little better until I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, and I couldn't get out of bed for the pain. My husband helped me call the doctor's emergency number and I got another doctor who was on call for that office. He said, "Oh yes, that happens some times and it will take a while to recover." The doctor who tried to give me the injection, said he had never heard of such a reaction. A physical therapist later told me my spine must have been "really hot."
It did take me two months to fully recover. I had to sleep in a big recliner we had for about 10 days as I could not get out of bed. When I awoke, I had to take two hydrocodone pills, and wait for them to take effect before I could get up. It was awful.
My primary care doc sent me to a wonderful pt specializing in back care and he got me out of my original condition. I will never have an injection like that again.
In addition, I am very circumspect about having any medical procedure or other treatment. I try to get all possible relating information and weight carefully before proceeding.
Keep it under control!


  • AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
    edited 11/22/2013 - 8:24 AM
    I was wondering about how many people get benefits vs no benefit from the epidural. I have had 7 and each time I feel better for a while, then I am managing my pain with more pills stage, then back to "the life consuming pain" It really seem unfair they only allow 3 a year. Half the year I am good, the other half just waiting till I can get another, It is like I am an ESI addict, can't wait for my next fix. they won't give you anymore because it messes up your spine, mine's already messed up.
    Sorry you had such a bad experience.
  • beenthere43bbeenthere43 Posts: 2
    edited 11/22/2013 - 9:35 AM
    Necksoup: Have you ever gone to a physical therapist specializing in back problems? That gave me the best relief. Of course, I have to continue the exercises forever, I guess, but it's better than being in pain. I can't say that it would help everyone, but maybe worth a try.
    Keep it under control!
  • I have been off and on for 5 years. I do most of the exercises at home, and stretching improves my ROM, which reduced the pain when turn my head. I get graston procedures while I am there. Hurt while they are doing it but within 2 hours My muscle feel good for a week, until the pain just gets out of hand and I am only managing it by taking more pills.
    I studied a lot about natural health and medical anthropology while in college in California. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have to rely on conventional medicines. What an education I have had since having spinal pain. I even took a pharmacy tech course so I could be aware of all the consequences of my meds, and choice I have with pharmaceuticals. I still try to get by with some natural treatment and better diet-more anti inflammatory foods and spices.
    I also have aromatherapeutic massages, do yoga, walk everyday, meditate, and am exploring Tai-chi.
    Tried a lot of medical procedures that did not work so well, I really don't like the idea of having more surgery
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