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Cervical Epidrual Injection ??

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:20 AM in Spinal Injections
Okay, from what I've read this injection will trigger the pain, right? I have no pain in my neck. It's all in my shoulder and sometimes a shooting/burning sensation across the upper chest towards the neck. So does that mean those are the two places where I should experience the pain IF those discs are in fact the cause of it? And if I don't feel any pain does that mean that's not the problem at all?? :?


  • I haven't had the shots yet, but from everything I've read, it's the opposite of what you've described.
    The shots are supposed to resolve the pain, not trigger it.
  • that I read that somewhere, and a few times too, about the pain coming back briefly either during or after the procedure (although it eventually settles down). But now that I'm actually hunting for it, I can't seem to find anything now. I must've been reading it about something else. blah. :? :? :?
  • Sorry, I misunderstood your original description.
    Think of when you hit your head, the injured tissues swell and you get a lump. The holes in your vertebrae where the nerves run through, there is little room to handle the swelling of the injured nerve. The injections put the drugs right at the site of the injury, but at first the extra fluid can contribute to the tightness, and can cause more pain. As the fluid dissipates and the drugs start to work, the pain should start to resolve.
  • Thanks Jill. :) I'm glad you verified it because like I said I'd read it several times UNTIL I went back to find the info and I couldn't. Today is a very bad day for the shoulder and though initially I was dreading having to have the epidural, I'm in so much pain this afternoon that I really can't wait for it. Funny how that happens.
  • Thanks so much for the encouragement Paulgla. I really, really want this to be a solution. My entire shoulder has been very painful the last couple of days and it's traveling down the arm and to the fingers. I'm so frustrated it's not funny. :(
  • Hi Angela, I've just had my 8th lot of steroid injections to the cervical facet joints, with 7 joints getting injected.
    I took my pain med too late so it hadn't kicked in,and I felt a bit of nerve irritation with the injections, but it was bearable. It is an uncomfortable procedure, though not painful.
    I was still getting a bit sore for the next 3 days, but then it suddenly got much better. It seems to take a few days to settle the inflammation.
  • From last Sunday until the wee hours of this morning my shoulder has been flared up really bad but today not much trouble at all. Tomorrow is the injection and I'm really hoping it helps. Thanks so much for everyones replies. :)
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