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worse pain after injection

muffinsmama1mmuffinsmama1 Posts: 29
edited 11/01/2015 - 8:43 PM in Spinal Injections
I have two herniated disc L4&L5. I just had my first spinal injection this past Tuesday now iam in more pain than when I started .before injections I had some numbing and pain in my Lowe back down my right leg if I stood to long or walked . Now after the injection my back feel stiff and in constant pain . It seems to be worse in morning I literally have to roll out of bed . I can't do anything that I used to which is starting to depress me because I was a very active women now I have to depend on people to help me. So my question is is the way I'm feeling normal does it ever get better or will I suffer the rest of my life.I go for follow up in 2 weeks not sure whats gonna happen .any suggestions would be great

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  • ldm314lldm314 Posts: 45
    edited 11/02/2015 - 8:33 PM
    I have had 3 injections previously, and just had an injection to my L5/S1 on both my left and right side. Every time I have had significantly more pain for 2 days afterwards, which then decreases dramatically to a much lower level afterwards and stays that way for a couple of months.

    For me the first week after an injection is horrible in general, but it has been very effective for me for the three months that follow one.
    All questions and answers are given from a personal perspective only. I have congenital stenosis from C4-C7, and T7-S1. I am actively being seen my by doctor and following his advice. I strongly suggest that you do the same.
  • I will never do this again; I have been in constant pain that is much worse than before the injections! I am in bed the majority of the time, and do not have much of an appetite because of the pain. I am really upset about the result of the injections...
  • muffinsmama1mmuffinsmama1 Posts: 29
    edited 11/03/2015 - 5:28 PM
    I'm sorry you are in so much pain .I am kinda worried about having another injection done on the 9th .what's the point if they aren't working or does it take more than one before it starts to work . Dr said if second oNE doesn't work they will refer me to surgen .if that case why even do another injection
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    what Spinal injections are all about.
    They are conservative measures to hopefully relieve some pain and potentially allow your body to heal.

    For details, please look at: Spinal Injections
    and for ESI's Epidural Steroid Injections , which includes a video

    I have never seen a formal success rate of ESI's. But by reading the threads by members here, it seems to be almost a 50-50. There are a small number of people that had problems with the ESI. Most of the time, that was the result in how the procedure was actual done.
    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
  • Complete agreed with the previous comment. Spinal injections never have been a permanent fix, over the last year I've had 4 of them and they always wear off after a couple of months. A couple of months that until recently allowed me to even get back outside and work on the yard.
    All questions and answers are given from a personal perspective only. I have congenital stenosis from C4-C7, and T7-S1. I am actively being seen my by doctor and following his advice. I strongly suggest that you do the same.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    edited 11/03/2015 - 10:33 PM
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  • I have a L5 herniated disc with a bulging disc above it and below it. I was given a single ESI about 3 weeks ago and it worked wonders. My sciatica was about 90% numb. This was soley on my left side. They scheduled me for my next shot 3 weeks apart. I went to a different doctor, same chain. I still felt pretty good and I explained that to him. He ended up injecting me twice, hitting two different areas of my lower lumbar area. I felt that was different. THe last shot I was able to get up and walk out after about 5 minutes. the only side effects I had were hot flashes and headache. They went away. This time, I couldnt walk for at least 30 minutes after shot. A few days later, I went for a short jog and walked on an incline (treadmill) and light weights. When I went to bed last night I started to feel the sciatica again in left and right calf muscles, some toe tingling on both feet and even my finger tips felt tingling. A bit itchy all over, I had to take a muscle relaxant. Something I haven done since the first injection. I dont understand why the first single shot did wonders and this "double" shot has brought back the sciatica...UGH. My final shout is set up for 6weeks (Dec 18)
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