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Unsuccessful epidural spine injection for sciatica

JBodJJBod Posts: 1
edited 01/20/2015 - 4:45 AM in Spinal Injections
Hello. I have extreme sciatica pain on my left leg and lower back. I've had it for about 3 months now, but it has worsened in the last 3 weeks. I have seen a specialist and had an MRI which showed up normal...no slipped discs, bulging disc, etc..I was given the choice of having an epidural shot as I've been in so much pain. This was done today at a clinic. The doctor said it would be quite straightforward and I would feel the injection as if I was having one on my arm. I didn't have any anaesthetic and it wasn't done with an X-ray machine. He felt around my spine to locate the right spot to inject. He was having trouble finding the right spot he said because my spine was a bit different from what he's seen before. He marked the spot and told me he was ready to inject. He put the needle in but it wasn't the right spot so he tried a few more times, which was extremely painful. He decided to stop as I was in so much pain and he was having trouble finding the right spot. He's referred me to a hospital where they will do it with X-ray which will be more accurate. This all happened this morning and my back is very sore and hurting. My question is will this pain and soreness go away? Could he have worsened my condition by continually injecting the needle in the wrong place. I'm worried that my back pain has worsened because of this and that now I have more pain to deal with. Is this normal? Will the soreness where he was injecting go away? If anyone has had a similar experience I would like to hear your feedback. I'm so worried and want to make sure that This doctor hasn't worsened my condition. Any help and advise is appreciated. Thanks.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,848
    edited 01/20/2015 - 4:49 AM
    Once you start reading about ESIs here you will find that the ones come out better are the ones that had fluroscope (X-Ray) guidance during the procedure.
    It is too difficult to make sure you get the needle in the right spot using the naked eye.

    I had one naked eye steroid given into my shoulder and the doctor nicked a nerve. I was in more pain for 2 weeks because of that.

    I am afraid to say you might have pain for a little bit. Try icing it.

    Next time only have a doctor who will use instrumentation to perform a ESI
    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
  • TarenTTaren Posts: 525
    edited 01/20/2015 - 6:57 AM
    I, too, had a dr. once do injections without the use of flourscopy. He missed completely, I never had any relief what so ever from them. I was very sore though, probably made worse from the fact that I had to sit in a U-Haul for 20+ hours moving from base to base. A one point we were stranded on the interstate for 6 hours due to snow, ice and a tractor trailer accident shutting the interstate down. Even with all that I had no ill side effects from it, just no pain relief but was very sore-I would ice if it were me-15 mins on and 15 off. Hope you are feeling better very soon ;-)
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