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After a year of thinking I first hand carpal tunnel, then tendinitis of elbow/bicep (as pain and weakness moved up my arm), and then finally getting an MRI with confirmed stenosis/radiculopathy (in C6-C7 area,) I got an epidural. Trying to put off surgery if possible, although the suffering I have is acute, what with my arm pain/weakness (both arms) as well as pain and my neck, upper back, and shoulder blade area. Could be congenital or as a result of falling 100' out of a tree ten years ago (which healed fine, but kept spasming every so often when I overdid it or was stressed.)
The good news: not even 48 hours after the epidural, pretty much all my neck/shoulderblade/upper back pain is gone. I'm surprised that happened so fast, since the doctor said medicine would take 2 weeks to go into full effect. That neck/shoulderblade pain was the worst pain I was having, and it's a huge relief to not be haunted by it all day.
The bad news: my arm pain/weakness is not gone, and seems to have gotten a little bit worse. It is usually triggered by strenuous activity, although today I'm having a huge flare up just from doing a bit of sweeping. I'm thinking maybe the steroids haven't worked their way into the nerves coming off my main spine? Or maybe I have concommitant tennis/golfer's elbow and radiculopathy? I'm really hoping this injection will make a difference in my arm pain, as it's currently limiting my employment options quite a lot. I'm also using this epidural as a test to decide what kind of relief I can reasonably expect from a full-blown ADSL surgery.
Any experience with a "lag" on arm symptoms after a cervical epidural?
Thanks and best,