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Epidural injection experiences

NeedingadviceNNeedingadvice Posts: 29
edited 05/19/2014 - 5:56 PM in Spinal Injections
Hi everyone,
Looks like my next step is an epidural injection.
Is it true that these injections cause degeneration?
Someone told me they do and others have said no because of the placement of them.
How were your experiences with it? Would you do it again?
I have a 8mm l5s1 disc protrusion

Thanks in advance!


  • I can only tell you my experiences. I have three lumbar disc herniations and my L5S1 and L4L5 are the worst of the three. I have had two ESI's within 3 months of each other. I cannot say if they cause degeneration. My spine was already significantly degenerated….
    The procedure both times for me were administered and guided through X-ray and were relatively painless. They gave me Valium before hand to calm me and it is about like drinking a good beer. The days following were rough. Days 1-4 I experienced elevated , shock like pain through my back and sciatic nerve. Both times I experience a continued elevated pain level for about 16 days straight. It made me moody, depressed, frustrated and physically ill for the duration of those 16 days following. I am 20 days out from the last one and I am just starting to feel a little mentally a physically normal but when I say normal I mean I still have pain(if not more pronounced than before) that I try to manage best I can. My numb foot has returned at this point and I am unsure if it will stay that way or come and go. I am a 35 year old male that has done hard labor for most of my working years. I knew this would happen to me but when was the question.
    My advice is try the injection and see. I don't feel it helped or hurt me. Also don't get in a hurry, many back injuries take months and up to 2 years to get relief. Prepare for the long term and hope for the short. Another word of advice is if you have a mortgage, get mortgage disability insurance in case a doctor deems you unfit to work your normal job and are placed out of work for a time. Hope you see some relief soon.
  • First shot was like a miracle pain was reduced significantly almost instantly, the pain came back after a few months went back for second shot but it made things worse.
  • are not a cure for a herniation.........the ONLY cure for it is to have surgery to correct the herniation. Injections, physical therapy are treatments, meant to help reduce pain and inflammation but they are not meant to be a cure.

  • Hello, I had a herniation in my L4-L5. I tried steroids but they were taken orally. It helped for a couple of days but the non-steroidal that was given to me for 10 days after was just like drinking water. I tried chiropractors, the specialist and alternative medicine. In my experience I noticed that as they altered and touched my back more it just made it more aggravated. The pain lasted for about almost 2 months and the doctor said the next step was to get the epidural injections. And then if the blockages didn't help the answer was surgery. I am 23 years old and I didn't want to go through all of that at this age, since I heard that your back is very hard to heal. I decided I was going to heal myself. I went through magnet therapy which are massages that use magnets to oxygenate and increase blood flow in the area. It helped me so much, but I started meditating and talking to my body telling it to heal. Its been one week since I did that (off any medications) taking vitamins and supplements. And the pain is gone!. I am going to the doctor tomorrow to check up with him to see if I should have physical therapy or not. I am resting a lot and only walking 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night. I do cook and read, and since I am very fortunate I can go to work only 3 hours or so a day. My advice to anyone who is having this problem, I understand the pain that you feel. Only listen to your body, it will tell you what it needs. Think about every procedure that you might put your back to. Medicine is great! and it can help you so much, but it doesn't hurt to talk to your body a little bit. I know its hard to understand but your body really listens.! This is what worked for me, it might not be the best for you. I hope everything went well with your injections! and anyone that wants more info don't hesitate to write to me! I felt the suffering of back pain, and it is very hard to not get frustrated.
  • ImDeejCIImDeejC Posts: 1
    edited 05/25/2014 - 5:24 PM
    Hello all. Received my first ESI treatment on 5/23/14 with what I hope are very unusual results for what I'm guessing is the next step in my treatment protocol. I have been diagnosed with DDD, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis,scoliosis, spondylosis, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and have several bulging lumbar discs. I had 2 transforaminal injections - L 3/4 and L5/S1. Things went smoothly & was sent home with a care list & a possible warning list. Throughout the day my pain increased, I developed a severe headache as never before, diarrhea, nausea, bloated stomach, and a low grade fever. These symptoms increased throughout the day leaving me incapacitated. Not knowing what to do my wife called 911 & the EMTs came & checked me out. My blood pressure was 188/99 prompting a 45 mile ride to the ER. After several IV bags of saline & a shot of dilaudid my Bp finally came down to 148/92 & I was sent home. ( I do suffer from high blood pressure & I am taking medication for it.) 24 hours later the headaches have eased slightly, the diarrhea has stopped but the nausea is still with me. I do suffer from GERD but nothing is helping my heartburn, My stomach is still bloated like it's gonna pop and my back pain and legs is still at an 8. I have a followup on Tuesday with Monday being a holiday. Doing everything I can to hang in there until then.
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