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First time epidural spine injection

SpershickSSpershick Posts: 1
edited 12/29/2014 - 9:52 PM in Spinal Injections
Hello I'm new here, I've was diagnosed with spinal stenosis but never really had bad back pain, mostly in hips and sore thighs. Tried every kind of therapy and meds out there to relieve pain. When all failed decided to try injection. Went to see a doc who is a anesthesiologist as well as pain specialist. He was certain the pain I was having in hips/ legs were caused from my back and went ahead and gave me an injection. No special xray that I read about just asked me to bend over. The pain was so intense I almost passed out. Sharp pain in back and down my leg way worse. Said it would take a couple days until I felt relief. Told me to come back for another shot in a week. It's been now 4 days and I'm still in so much pain. Maybe something went wrong?? I'm scared to have another one..I'm hoping someone out there can give me some advice. I was really hoping these shots would help as I don't want surgery. I'm losing hope :(((


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • If it hurts, tell your primary exactly what, where and when. Write it down.
    Different treatment affect people different ways. I bought a notebook and kept a cronilogical record of all tests, labs and etc. This came in big time handy for disability paperwork too. When your in that much pain, you don't want to think.
    Our emotions are affected by this pain and we forget what we want to ask when we hear things we don't want to hear.
    I had a nurse tell me "most people ask for more of that med" I said, "have you heard of allergies?" I was in the Heart CAth lab, two weeks later. So YOU do what's best for YOU. Don't be afraid to question or ask OTHER DOCTORS, and if you don't like or TRUST your doctor, now is a good time to find one. All the best for you!!
    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

  • for a week or so, then it usually starts to disappear once the steroids kick in. Ice is your best friend during this period.
  • I would not go back to anyone who does not use xrays to precisely inject the pain medicine in the correct spot. I don't even know how he could do that without looking at what he was doing. I would find a new specialist.

    I just had one today in my L5 S1 and they were watching the screen the entire time to make sure they got in the right spot. fingers crossed it was in the right spot. I really felt it so hopefully it hit the right spot this time. Last time, the doctor did not and I felt nothing but even he still watched while he injected.

    Good Luck
  • edited 01/25/2015 - 9:55 PM
    Going for my first round of injections in my back in 2 weeks. I recently broke my foot on Nov 29. It is a Jones Fracture and wearing the boot has made my back pain crazy. I could not believe just how much pain wearing this thing has caused. I have diabetic neuropathy, diabetic type 2 and rheumatoid arthritis. Walking with crutches has caused increased pain in hands and shoulders. I have got to the point that my ever-present back and hip pain has increased and even changed locations. I can not wear the boot due to the pain in my lower back which radiates down to heel and even big toe. I sometimes don't know what doctor to talk to about my symptoms and problems. I have started seeing a pain doctor and they have set me up for the injections. I am hoping these injections help with the back and neck pain that has gotten steadily worse over the past 5 years. Would love to hear from anyone who has had similar problems, Thanks.
  • jmhuberjjmhuber Posts: 7
    edited 02/20/2015 - 11:28 PM
    Its been three weeks since my second injection & I am still having alot of nerve pain in my left leg. I know he used US to give the injection but something went wrong. I'm up at 4:30 am cause I cant sleep due to pain.
  • Hello.
    I was thinking about getting New balance Dunham cloud boots. Do you own a pair or know anyone that does?. With my feet and leg pain (without Diabetes) I was thinking they might help.
    I wear a knee brace and that helps but want socks and shoes that breath and help with pain.
    Do you wear ted hose?
    Any advise is welcome.
    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

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