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Epidural Steroid Injection and Fasciculations

sam1w2essam1w2e Posts: 1
Okay so here's my story:

20 and male. First started getting sciatica about 3 years ago, which went away after a while but came back a lot worse about a year later. Finally managed to get an MRI which showed bulging disc at L5-S1. Now, by the time I got an appointment at my hospital for this, the pain had almost totally gone and it wasn't that bad at all. The doctors recommended that I should have an epidural steroid injection to help it totally heal. This was about a year ago now.
Recently had a new MRI done which showed little to no protrusion of the disc now. I went in for my appointment at least half expecting surgery; but they highly recommended against it, given the improvement shown in the MRI and improvement of my symptoms. Which I can understand so I was fine with it.

Anyway, my issue is that ever since I had the injection I've noticed fasciculations in my left leg mainly (which was where my sciatica was before). I also noticed some muscle weakness in my left leg last year for a few months after the injection - again, a new symptom for me. The fasciculations only really come on if I aggravate my nerves too much e.g. exercise which is too strenuous on my back or wearing trousers that are too tight (recently found that this does a number on my back). But it does stay for a while once it's been triggered. It's not that painful but it's extremely irritating.

So is it possible that this is a side effect from the injection, as I never had these symptoms beforehand? I've read that it's possible that the needle can nick a nerve or go somewhere it's not supposed to when doing the procedure. I've only really found one other post on here which is similar (http://www.spine-health.com/forum/pain/sciatica-leg-pain-radiculopathy/leg-spasms-after-epidural-steroid-injections).
I honestly regret getting the xxxx thing. My sciatica was almost non existent at the time so I should have just turned it down. I've read that nerve damage, even if minor can take a good couple of years to repair.


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    Yeah, the epidurals ...did you tell your doctor about this reaction?

    I've had several epidural and only one for my leg and foot effective. The injections for my thoracic area... I was nauseated and felt like my chest swelling up with pain....while I was still on the table. Took days to recover.

    Everyone so different...sorry I can't speak to the specifics of your symptoms.
    Let us know what you find out.
    Good luck
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