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Caudal vs Transforaminal

Anyone have any input as far as what had worked for you? 

I had a transforaminal ESI with no effect except worse pain (sciatic) afterwards. I'm going in this Tuesdsy for a caudal. If that falls then it's the surgery route. Please see my notes for medical history. 

Thanks for your time. 

-Vet

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,776

    Vet
    Welcome to Spine-Health

    It would be easier if you read my medical history, then you would know, I do understand. The difference is I can't have surgery, have a pain pump and still trying to find relief.
    I had a caudal block yesterday and facet joint injections 2 weeks ago. Has it helped? Not yet, but I'm different, so please remember that. My PM doctor told me he has had patients that it gives them a lot of relief for week, some for a year. The way he explained it is it's like a shotgun effect. When they shoot the meds in it scatters and follows the nerves to calm them down.
    He said some patients get relief for a week some for a year. I really hope this works for you. I know how it feels to always be trying to find relief.
    I have down on my calendar so please stay in touch to let us know how you are doing.

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    Sandra
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  • Thanks for the reply Memerainbolt,

    Over a year ago I received a "shorgun" shot to the back which did nothing for the pain. What's interesting is that my back doesn't even really hurt, it is all in the glute, calf, and foot (typical sciatic symptoms). It's really bad in the glute. I asked my PT if it could be the piriformis, but he says that is extremely unlikely. 

    So I'm off to a caudal injection on Tuesday, and have an appt with my primary care doctor Wednesday. 

    The PT said he recommends surgery, and the nurse at pain management recommends surgery. I don't want surgery, but also want my life back. 

    Thanks for listening. 

    -Vet

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,776

    Vet

    I forgot to mention I also had injections of Botox in the piriformis muscle and the latissimus muscle in my back.  Botox is used on kids that have cerebral palsy. It did ease the muscle in my back but took weeks to work, but at least it did.

    Let us know how Tuesday goes.

    Sandra
    Spine-Health Moderator
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    Please read my  Medical History
  • Botox? I thought that stuff was for the Hollywood crowd!  I'll ask my doctor about it.  Thanks for the info. 

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