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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'.




  • Do you have any other conditions? Spondylolisthesis?  I have a synovial cyst - and spondylolisthesis and fusion is recommended for me.

    I had a cortisone injection - and they are not painful - I was put under for the procedure.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,139
    These article sums up the various injections Spinal Injections

    I was surprised to hear that Can_t indicated they were put under. Normally any doctor who administers epidural spinal injections, nerve block injections, facet injections always wants there patient awake so that they can talk with them. Still when done correctly none of these injections should cause more than a little bee sting type of pain.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • Can you tell me which type of specialist did your cyst aspiration?  Was it an anestheologist or an intervention radiologist?  I've had a horrible time in trying to get treatment...  Unbelievable delays in seeing a specialist, orthopedic surgeon rejected referral due to wait times and then my family dr of 30 years retired!

    I now have a sports dr referring me to a radiologist for the aspiration but the temp family dr is recommending an anestheologist at a pain management clinic.

    Any thoughts?

    BTW, I also have spondylolisthesis.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,139

    Other one is qualified to do that procedure.   I've always used an anesthesiologist.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Thanks for your reply!

    I've also read that synovial cysts can recur.  Have you had issues with recurring cysts?

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