Today I went in for a re-check after having a lumbar epidural steroid injection two weeks ago. I had terrible side effects after the injection until just a couple of days ago. Today the doctor strongly recommended that I never have another steroid injection. He said I'm not exactly allergic to steroids, but he would be concerned that my side effects were serious and lasted too long and would almost certainly be worse with subsequent injections. The doctor said the rest of the symptoms from the steroids would dissipate over the next 2-4 weeks and that is already starting to happen -- thank goodness!
Because I have a significant herniation at L5/S1 with increasing radiculopathy, I am being referred to a microsurgeon. Hopefully, a less invasive surgery than the anterior fusion that has been recommended by one neurosurgeon might be a possibility. I would like to avoid another major surgery as long as possible.
I hope others are having better luck with steroid injections than I did!