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Versed will be used for epidural cortisone injection ?


I have degenerated disc disease in L4-L5 and L5-S1. It has created bulge disc more on left side of spine which sometimes create sciatic pain in left glute and hamstring. MRI was done in January. I have been scheduled for epidural cortisone injection. I will receive 2 injection, 1 on both the right and left of L5. Versed will be used as the sedation. Can you please give me an expiation of your procedure and how the versed sedation affected you? I'm nervous every that I will not be completely asleep for procedure. I don't enjoy needles. I'm nervous that a needle will be in my spine. I just worry about the procedure. Thank you fir your help.
Lumbar Radiculopathy
L4 - L5 Diffused Annular Disc Bulge
L5 - S1 Diffuse Concentric Disc Bulge, caused neural foraminal canal narrowing bilaterally, left more significant
Sciatic pain on left left


  • I have had 2 epidural injections. Like you I don't enjoy needles! For my first epidural injection they used versed. I was not completely asleep. But I was way to out of it to know what was going on! So I pretty much did not feel anything!! Granted after the injection I was dealing with a lot of nausea!! I was also very dizzy!! But other than that it was not a painful procedure at all!! I pray everything goes well for you!!!
    L5-S1 Emergency PLIF Revision May 26th 2015
    L5-S1 PLIF May 22nd 2015.
    L5-S1 Discectomy Feb 27th 2015.
    L5-S1 Discectomy Oct 30th 2014.
  • The medication is not meant to totally sedate you. Essentially, it relaxes you. You'll feel the needles a little, but you wont care! It's not that bad of a procedure to begin with (from a pain perspective).

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • DanielCDanielC Posts: 155
    edited 04/28/2015 - 9:55 AM
    I had 2 epidurals for my l5s1 herniated disc( I got surgery soon after).
    I was never sedated with anything. The doc just asked me to lay on the bed, got his instruments out and basically stuck that niddle deep inside my back I could nearly feel it touching my bellybutton hahha.

    Joke aside I wouldn't be too worried about the pain. As I said before I had it done with no type of anaesthesia or relaxant and it was grand just a bit of discomfort.

    What you need to be aware of are the risks associated with this type of procedure. I had mine done by a super pro did it naked eye. He's the head of anaesthesia department in a good hospital.
    There are some cowboys out there though so you need to be careful who you trust with your spine.
  • My experience with the pain of the shots has varied. First one done at first location I felt almost nothing. It also did nothing for my pain. Second one same place definitely felt more, caused a jolt of pain down my leg. Unfortunately also did little for my pain. Skipped third in series and had surgery. Months later after reherniation did another one different place with a different person who performed thousands of these at a highly acclaimed hospital. Since I already had a surgery they went in at an angle, and oh my god so much pain. I cried as I walked back down the hall to where my husband was waiting who took one look at me and made me lay down as I almost passed out. Turns out they put a hole in the covering also. Told this as I was still crying in pain on the exam table. BTW that one didn't work either, made my leg pain worse, and left me worrying about a spinal headache for days. I am now 3m post second disectomy with continuing leg pain and my concerns have sparked the epidural shot conversation again. Um I think not, and pushing that before another mri? Are we guessing what's currently going on??? For me personally the shots have been hit or miss with pain, and done absolutely nothing for me except cause a headache with insurance billing codes for them. It is something though that you should try to beat having a surgery. I echo the thoughts of all that have stated pick a good place with experienced person doing it!
  • I really appreciate it. I am having the procedure done at a hospital and the doctor is an ortho specialist who has a waiting list. The inject will take place with ct scan to make sure needle is placed correctly. I also start physical therapy this week. First the ortho wanted a discogram and I didn't agree with it because it meant that surgery was already being considered after one appointment of view my MRI. What about conservative treatments? So I did not schedule it and made an appointment to meet with specialist at 2nd time and this time I brought my husband with me. I understand this specialist is good, has a waiting list, everyone wants them, and they select their patients based on reviewing file, but surgery is not an option for me right now. My pain comes when I lift heavy and irritate my back. So I backed off from Olympic lifting. I have only been doing body movement workouts and building core. I plan to start hot yoga as well. Surgery is just not an option for me right now ... no fusions or 6 months - 1 year of recovery with decreased mobility. I just with this ortho specialist was upfront with me from the beginning of the reason to order a discogram. Glad I did my research before scheduling the procedure. Glad I brought my husband to the 2nd appointment and by the way, I knew exactly the type of surgery he plan to recommend before the discogram. I received a totally different plan of actions after the 2nd appointment. Sorry for rambling but I wanted to know how your injections went and how versed affected you.
    Lumbar Radiculopathy
    L4 - L5 Diffused Annular Disc Bulge
    L5 - S1 Diffuse Concentric Disc Bulge, caused neural foraminal canal narrowing bilaterally, left more significant
    Sciatic pain on left left
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