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Injection questions

Hi all,

I'm still fairly new to all this and to the site.  I've gotten my spinal MRI results and was told I have a synovial cist at L4-L5.  I'm waiting for an apptmt with an anestheologist but, in the meantime, was told the treatment would like be aspiration of the cyst and a pain block.

Is a pain block the same as cortisone/steroid injection?

And, are these injections painful?  The thought of it is a bit scary but... regardless, I'll do it to get rid of the constant leg pain!  Just hoping to be 'prepared'.


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