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ESI - Good or Bad or What?

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,836
edited 06/03/2015 - 2:06 PM in Spinal Injections
Epidural Spinal Injections

Take a look at ESI Details including Video

I think everyone should take a look at the above information. I know that not everyone benefits from the ESI, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't Hard to predict when and why that happens.

But one thing I read over and over here is the amount of pain associated with these ESIs. When properly set up and administered, there should not be any additional pain. The worst case would be the pain at the injection site only.

But this does not always happen. I have been the victim of two ESIs that created a lot of additional pain. Both cases, the doctor performed the procedure in his office and basically with his naked eye.

Thinking back, I was a fool to allow that to happen. The ESI is to much of a precise injection that needs to have absolute targets and placement. Only through the use of fluoroscope / Xray should this procedure be done. I am still amazed that some doctors still perform these ESIs in their offices and without any mechanical aid. All it takes is the needle to nick a nerve and you will be hurting big time for a while. One of my steroid injections into my shoulder (ok, not a ESI, but the procedure is the same), the doctor nicked my nerve. I knew it right away and I believe he did also. I was in so much pain for a couple of weeks, I swore I would not go back to that doctor. And I didnt

It is so very important to make sure that any procedure you about to have is being done correctly... BUT HOW DO YOU KNOW?
I was naive for my first ESI. But that was before there were sites like Spine-Health where I could ask questions. Before, you were basing your information on what the doctor told you. Sometimes that is more than enough, but as with anything there are good and bad.
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


  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,804
    I had amazing results on my last two , but was a long process to find pain generator. one thing I did not see in spine health article was risks , long term short term risks, maybe I missed it. Even though they are minimal I found some of the risks like arachnoditis to be the hardest info to come across and as with that learned there are some neurological reactions that can happen if goes wrong, learned initially by others stories then reading.. I am a supporter of ESI , biggest part of my thoracic success, but a patient always should consider risk and reward before any procedure. Also I never see much about targeting annular tears with ESI, this can work wonders at least did for me and few others came across and is worth talking to dr a about if one is discovered to be pain generator.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
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