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Question about epidural steroid injections

pain1980ppain1980 Posts: 2
edited 08/14/2015 - 4:42 AM in Chronic Pain
I have multiple herniated discs at all 3 levels. My question is can I receive an epidural injection at all 3 levels during one appointment? In the past usually only one area is acting up at a time and I have had injections at all 3 levels but at different times. Right now both my arms, hands and legs are hurting like toothaches and the middle of my back hurts to breath. Just wondering if a doctor would inject all 3 levels in one appointment



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  • Doctor can decide how many injections (esi)he is comfortable giving at one time. Too much steroid can overwhelm the adrenal glands and create more problems, so your best option is to discuss the injections with him or her. Perhaps different types of injections might be a possibility.

  • Betty65BBetty65 FloridaPosts: 83
    edited 08/16/2015 - 1:23 PM
    I recently asked my PM if I could get a selective nerve block at the same time as a facet joint injection. That way I figured I'd be saving money lol! He said that would be too much cortisone at once. Oh well!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    number of Epidurals given in one year. My insurance carrier (same one for the past 20 years) has always had a 3 ESI a year maximum

    Doctors may opt for more, but the final say is still with insurance approval.

    On a side note, too many steroid/cortisone injections are not great for your body. My hip and shoulder specialist would not do more than 5 over two years. In the end their concern was correct. I developed cataracts from injected steroids. At first there was some confusion, but after studying my situation, research, it was 100% conclusive that it was the steroids that created my cataracts. Now, I should be grateful, because as I look back, cataract surgery is SUPER. I went from 20/200 before surgery to 20/20 the following day! Now I am hoping for the other eye to have enough cataract problems to allow insurance to approve the surgery.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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