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Spinal injections for pain

ShellyJuneSShellyJune Posts: 1
edited 12/08/2014 - 12:37 PM in Spinal Injections
I was approved for a cervical epidural steroid injection in my left C6/7 for
neck and left arm pain. When I received the injection it was given between
my shoulder blades in the thoracic area. I was under the impression it would
Be in my neck. I have an appointment with my Dr. in Jan.
does anyone know, isn't it supposed to be in my neck? It definitely didn't
Help. But I think they gave it in the wrong place??


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    is medically qualified to give you that answer.

    You need to talk to your doctor for verification
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I have to agree with Ron. Don't take for granted that the medical staff is correct. They can make mistakes too. You should ask questions of your Dr.
  • I would question everything with your doctor!!!! I was given spinal epidural between upper shoulder blades for stenosis C3-7. The first two where effective, but not the third. As it was explained to me, the injection into your Spinal Cord is to lessen the pain to the nerves. But let's face it, it's nerve pain. My family had the hardest time believing I could still be in pain after a spinal injection. But it's nerves, I slept wth my arm elevated for 8 months.

    Everyone has DIFFERENT EFFECTS from different medications and treatments. And insurance approvals plays a huge part in what treatment your prescribed, so you need to be your advocate and do much research.

    I know your in pain, but you should really know what, why and how things are supposed to work FOR YOU, compared to what doesn't work. My doctors love it when I give them my "list". What works, positive, what doesn't, the why. It's a part of MY treatment that goes with me to every visit regardless of what type of doctor.
    46 F Avg Hgt/Weight non-smkr/drkr, ex-runner
    Chronic back/neck pain/urticaria (pic)
    ADCF C6-7, 11/13
    C3-4-5 , L3-4-5-S1 DDD bulge annular tear

  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 12/12/2014 - 6:35 AM
    They are given in the area surrounding the spinal cord. Injecting steroids into the cord itself could cause further damage.
    The ESI's are given to reduce pain and inflammation in the area, and there are various other types of injections that target specific anatomy in the spine, but are based on what the doctor is trying to accomplish.
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