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Symptoms getting worse

After chiro, oral steroids, 9 visits to PT, and a rx for Neurotin my symptoms are worse. The last session of traction made my left side feel like I was constantly touching a low voltage electric fence. I am so frustrated. Pain was never my chief complaint, but it's now almost worse than the zapping sensations so I stopped the therapy (after consulting my NS). MRI shows mild canal stenosis but severe foraminal stenosis. I know my NS will want to try epi shots next, but I really don't want them. Has anyone else had good luck with epidural shots for foraminal stenosis? If I thought I would get a few month's relief, I would be willing. But for a "severe" neck problem, are they really worth it?


  • For me personally I did not have luck with the shots. I tried them in an effort to avoid surgery. I would recommend following your doctors advise and try them. You have nothing to lose. I will also tell you I tried traction and that was the worst experience for me. No thank you!!
    Good luck I hope you find some relief
    alif l4-s1
  • Dear ab:

    I know exactly what you mean. It is not like you walk in and get a shot and you are done, it is quite a process from what I understand. I would need approval from my insurance and it is not inexpensive. Also, I have read that the injection can last for a week up to a year, so you don't know what your result will be. I recently read about the laser treatment, that is why I asked the question, it is much less involved. Like you, my pain is worse than it was before surgery and I have tried just about everything to get pain relief for the last two years since surgery.
    2007 TLIF L2-L3 Fusion; 2012 C4 Corpectomy, C3-5 Fusion.
  • Tired of the painTTired of the pain Posts: 197
    edited 03/21/2014 - 4:28 PM
    I have known quite a few people to get relief from injections, but it is not a cure. I had a frien who got injections for 9 years before she got surgery. I had 3. My insurance would only give 6 a year and it didn't cost more than my regular visit except that I wanted to be totally out and you need a surgery center and another anesthesiologist so it cost me $250 a pop. The first one I had was done without sedation and I was very uncomfortable and almost fainted. I felt much much better and was able to drive 3 hours from the office to another town where I was doing a presentation the next day. The way it is supposed to work is that the first one last one to two weeks, then there is a additive effect where it builds up in your body and lasts longer each time you have one done. Not every one reacts that way. Mine never lasted for more than a week and I wan't spending250 for a weeks relief. Hope that helps.
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