So a week ago I had a transformidal epidural steriod injection. My fouth, but first in this series [in years]. New doctor as well. During the procedure I felt a terrible pain shoot down my right leg and yelled out. Then my left but not nearly as bad. The evening of the procedure my hips were "on fire". I was in so much pain. I mention because this injection is -nothing- like the ones I have had before.
I'm stating that the nerve was hit because I feel that is accurate based on what I have read. The doctor has not commented on that.
We are now a few hours shy if a week since that injection. I've had terrible pain and burning in my lower back all week. Today the burning went up my back and lit up the entire top half of my back. My arms have tingled all day. I called the doctor and they got me in. He had be do the normal reflex tests and said I'm fine. He said he could give me a medrol does pack but the sweating would get worse( been sweating like a pig all week). He said that the ESI is an injection of liquid into the spine. That ball of liquid is pushing on something.
I told him that my pain meds don't seem to be helping and he was like, " well no, they won't help with this kind of nerve pain". (Duh). So he gave me more steroids.
So, here are my questions:
#1. Does anyone have a guess, based on experience, of when the pain and tingling will lessen?
#2. Who has taken the medrol just days after the esi? What was your experience? Did it help or did you go into steriod overload?
My doc really did not want to give more steroids but he seemed to want to help somehow. He also acted like any crazy steriod reaction was on me and stated that there would be steriod side effects at this point, if I put more in my system.
#3. Did anyone with any similar issues find relief with anything else? Ice/heat/ stretches/meds
Thank you for reading and sharing.