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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
Hello All,
I have posted a few times before in the new members section just recently. I have a herniated disc L4 & 5 I was just diagnosed a coupla weeks ago. So far I have tried acupuncture and have had 2 weeks of Physical therapy and found a good massage therapist.She worked on my back yesterday and for a few hours it felt alot better. I had a realativly good weekend and then I went back to PT today and after that I had alot of pain in my leg again.

I wanted to ask if some of you could give some advice on epidural injections-how helpful and how long they last and any complications???? I see my Orthopedist again on 8/25 and i know he is gonna suggest that I have one.

Anyway I am glad that I found you guys and it so helps to talk about this stuff. I am hoping to avoid surgery at all costs and that this will resolve itself soon. I need to get back to work and also playing my drums!! Thanks for all your help Rick


  • has different results from the epidurals. For me it was great at first but never gave me relief for more than 1 week or so. You may be one of the lucky ones that gets great relief for longer. It certainly is worth a try if you are trying to avoid surgery. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
  • I never experienced any complications but it is steroids that they are injecting you with so you will probably be pretty wired at first. I also had a huge appetite increase. Other than that there was not much to it.
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  • Hello
    Thanks for the info regarding the epidurals..I wil have to see how I progress. I noticed that you have DDD listed also. They told me that I have 3 other bulging discs and DDD also. My Orthopedist did not seem too concerned about it. How concerned should I be???? and does DDD come form getting older(I am 51) and from slouching too much or from to much lifting. Thanks and I hope to hear from you soon...Rick
  • no change with the first one, but with the last 2 I was feeling better than I had in years.... I painted my enrty way and layed new vynl tiles------ then realtiy set back in and I was back to missery.

    The injections also helped locate my problem areas that the MRI didn't show as being bad.

    I was almost completely knocked out and they used the xray guide thingymabob 8}

  • I posted twice and I didn't see a delete option.
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  • I had one Lumbar ESI and won't ever have another. I had a steroid flare that knocked me for a loop.
  • Julie and C
    Thanks for the info...I am thinking it over..my physical therapist seems to think I will have good results and help me participate more in in PT. I so just want the pressure to be off of my nerve so that I can get back to being normal again. Thanks to everyone here who has been so helpful. It means alot...Thanks Rick
  • Hi all,
    I just wanted to ask some of you how long does the sciatic nerve pain last?? I am sure it is different for everyone. I have had this for 4 weeks now and while it is improving(Thank God)I was just wondering how long it takes for the pressure to come off of the nerve and the leg to really feel better. Then I know I can get begin to start really doing strengthining exercises.

    I am still in a quandry as to whether or not to have the epidural shot. My massage therapist wants me to leave it alone and the Physical therapists think it will help. Thanks in advance for any and all advice ....Rick
  • Much good advice is posted here and you have arrived at the right time, read the posts that are relative to your situation and see what others have done and the old links, find our as much information as possible so that you have the answer for your therapists and they are trying to help you and although they may not feel your pain are trying to help you.

    Get the best diagnosis and evaluation possible and move forward with know fact about your case specifically, this may take time and some patience and waiting is never easy. I and nobody knows how long it will last, be positive and pace well take any medication prior to the pain arriving and by the clock, even though you may be taking medication when the pain has not increased it will help with the peaks and troughs.

    I have had two epidurals and each covered me for about 3 months each although the underlying problem necessitated intervention at a later date, no short cuts are possible and each stage has to be worked through one at a time.

    Welcome good luck and take care. John.

  • no change with the first one, but with the last 2 I was feeling better than I had in years.... I painted my enrty way and layed new vynl tiles------ then realtiy set back in and I was back to missery.

    This response from Julie sounds so much like me!! The injections worked great for me. I did 6 a year for 3 years back in 2000. I would be super woman after those things. I would paint a room, garden do whatever I wanted. Then they would wear off. I ended up doing more and more damage to my back and eventually had fusion to L4-5 in 2003. The shots, if they work for you are intended to get you out of pain enough so that you can work on the strength training you need to do so that your muscles can support your lower back.
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