Hi everyone! I've been getting steroidal epidurals every month for a herniated disc at L5-S1. This is my third injection. I actually had severe sciatica, numbness and numbness that began to move to the other side (right side). I had microdiscectomy surgery in Oct and the sciatica and pain in my left side was gone. 5 days after surgery i re-herniated and have had pain on my right side ever since. It is much more tolerable than it was on the other side with no sciatica. The pain radiates out to my hip at times but is more manageable with medication. I am on 10 mg hydro condone/acetaminophen 4x daily. The last two shots have provided some measure of relief for approximatly 3 weeks. This time he said he was going to try something different, and while all the injections have hurt like hell this one was by far the worst yet. The pain traveled all the way down my leg to my foot this time, and afterwards my leg was so numb I could not walk. They said the numbness would last a few hours then wear off. Now i have severe cramping down my leg and still feel like my right leg is either weak or still a little numb. Is this normal? Im also concerned bc my pain dr says he can do another one in 3 weeks. Everything ive read says 3 is the maximum you can have. Im very concerned about something major being wrong-- like a blood clot or something catastrophic. Am I being paranoid? Has anyone else experienced this? Please help.
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