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Anyone have negative experience with steroid injections in the neck?

Hi, wondering if anyone has had injections in the neck, and had bad expierence.  Or it simply did not help with the pain at all.



  • I had it C6/7, its been 19 days, still waiting for relief.  When did you get yours and how is the pain level now. I have had pain for most of the time post injection and the pain is worst that before.


  • I'm so sorry you haven't had relief yet! I haven't had an injection yet, but the pain is so bad daily my doc said he can give me one. I just want to gain all the knowledge and do my research before getting one. I'm afraid to go through what you're going through. 

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  • These sort of injections are just hit and miss as far as I am concerned. There are no guarantees it might or might not work and its not a permanent solutions. I was happier to try it as an option as there just is not much out there but to take painkillers. Yesterday was my first day back to work, which I dreaded because I was still in pain. I did the prescribed 2 weeks of rest, but I need to have some kind of routine in my life instead of being crippled by pain constantly. I just needed to get back to a normal routine working life where I can forget about this neck. I armed myself with those stick on thermacare pads around my neck and shoulder areas and a couple of painkillers which was prescribed and that got me through the day. The pain was under control for a good part of the day. Ofcourse by nightfall by the time I got into bed and taken off the heat pads my are was screaming at me. At that stage my painkillers had worn off as well. This thurday it will be 3 weeks post injection. I think I am afraid to know what is going to be the next step if the injection is not successful. I guess I was putting a lot of hope of major relief on this injection but hey you could be the lucky one. Don't be afraid,  try it and see. Mine was done by a radiologist under CT who specialises in those injections. You would want somebody really confident and bang on target to do it.

    All the best

  • Ahh yes heating pads and pain pills get me through my daily routine. I agree, its always good to get back to that routine. I feel it helps to stay busy then to sit and just be miserable in pain. I'm so sorry you haven't had relief. Maybe they will suggest to do another one? Yes maybe I will be lucky. I've read a lot of people's stories. It's true, it's a hit or miss for being successful. I definitely want to give it a shot ☺ luckily my PM doc is also spine specalist, so I will ask him further info at my next app. Thank you so much, I appreciate it. Best of luck to you as well! 

  • When you are with your doc please ask him all you need to and maybe ask him what percentage of people he treated have been completely painfree for years or are we to sought devine intervention for a miracle. As I am beginning to think the only answer is a miracle.

    all the best.

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  • Hi there. 

    I had an nerve block  injection into my c5c6. It went terribly wrong. Not sure why but I couldn't catch a breath and my blood pressure spike to 190/110. Next stop ER, MRI and nitroglycerin tablets. Super scary.  To this day, I'm not sure what caused that reaction. But i had other injections using twilight sedation with no problem. None of the injections worked however. One almost worked but it was only a fleeting lack of pain for about 48 hours. 

  • Oh my I'm sorry you had that expierence! I have my injection scheduled for oct 3rd, and they are going to put me to sleep. I'm terrified of getting the injection, and it not working . I hope you find relief soon!

  • Thanks, Alyssaw16

    Keep on pushing.

  • I had many cervical  injections by 4 different Drs. over a period of 10 years with a laminectomy C4/C5 in between.  2 of the Drs were very good and used the twilight sedation.  One was just okay and the other was scary.  all but one of the injections were done with me lying face down and done posteriorly. The scary one was done with local numbing only and came at me from the side while I was lying face up. Needless to say he only got the one shot.  Some shots I got good relief and some none at all.  In addition to the temp heat pads you can buy the best relief I received was using cervical traction which was prescribed by my surgeon and insurance paid for the in-home traction device.  Traction bought me several years but eventually had a 3 level fusion C4-C7.  Still have chronic pain issues but my neck is stable and I have the use of my left arm which was in doubt before the surgery.

    It is worth getting the block to see if it will provide relief.  Best of luck to you.

    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • jimandjrjimandjr Dallas TXPosts: 745

    If you've had spine surgeries, injections are easy. 

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