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Getting cold feet for injection anyone else have similar experience?

I recently Jan 2018 had MRI that showed Herniated L5-S1  and stenosis.

I went to Specialist because the pain had gotten really bad, maybe because I tried too much heat and exercise maybe I just injured an already herniated disc I had for years.

I mean it was excruciating from Jan-Feb sometimes so bad I could not sit or sleep laying down. Walking even jogging did not hurt.

After Phys therapy and some meds didn't really help, I agreed to schedule a ESI with an experienced well regarded pain center.

Problem is it would be three weeks to get in. By now the pain has went way down, maybe because in part passage of time, I no longer use heating pad, I dont try and run the pain out.

Maybe I am just not pushing because the memory of pain is so great. Now I wonder if I should have waited longer?

Part of this is I am plain scared to have needle in my back, maybe I should have waited it out. It is still painful just not as crippling as it was.

Is it wise to cancel? or am I impeding my long term progress? Keep in mind I have put off dealing with this for at least a year and only because I could not drive without searing pain did I finally get it looked at. My gut tells me suck it up and do it and see if it helps me get more active, sleep better and lose weight. In phys therapy I learned I have terrible balance and muscle imbalances, I have lot of trouble with the one leg things and exercises, yet I can run around 9 9:30 miles pace without trouble even 30lbs over weight.

Ahhh, sorry I am just scared and wonder. Some people on this site have it so much worse maybe I am overreacting.

Thanks for any feedback



  • It's hard to say... I got one because it felt like my butt needed a root canal that is now fixed but my leg pain is still there mostly in the morning (I had 2 epidural) I will say at this point unless something changes I don' plan for another but everyone is different. I didn' want the epidural at first but the pain was so bad I was literally screaming bloody murder when I got up to pee. I' still uncomfortable in the morning but I can deal. I' ring the doctor and see what he says

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,531
    Many times the unknown is scarier than reality. Please read All about Epidural Steroid Injections

    The purpose of the ESI is to reduce the inflammation around the disc area in question, thus giving it time to heal. Depending on the disc and the condition it can take from 48 hours to 1 week to feel the effects. The first 24 hours you may be sore around the injection site. When administered correctly, there should not be any pain associated with the ESI.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • Thanks you who replied, I think I am going ahead since the pain that drove me to get MRI was real and the subsequent pain after that was no mirage, I am sure if I don't deal with it I am just making things worse in long run. 

  • I wasn’t nervous and it really wasn’t half as bad as I expected it to be. I couldn’t see anything and didn’t feel that much 

    Having said that mine has not lasted but the one week it did felt like the best week of my life! 

  • Thanks for the reply, I only just saw this.

     I have to admit since the pain went down to level it was when I first went to Dr, I decided against the epidural. It seems just simply waiting it out and not trying to force it worked the same Although there was a month where sometimes I wanted anything that would make it stop. I seriously would have said yes to anything surgery, shots whatever.

     I still have discomfort but no where near what it was a month ago. I am self treating by watching my posture, walking not running, not sitting in one position for extended periods at work. Also I try to do better with exercises I learned as a result. I was skeptical but gave the Alexander technique some study and just embracing the general ideas of it have shown me that although I have a herniated disc, some spinal stenosis, I am at least 50% responsible for some of my pain with my habits, age and not being mature about exercising.

    I have resigned myself to fact that this wont get "fixed" like when I have had other things where a pill would make it go away. Shingles, or gout for example. I have to manage this set of circumstances and just deal with it. I am very, very lucky compared to what I read on this site.

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