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ESI update after 2 weeks

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Spinal Injections
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!


  • Did the doc happen to say anything about a steroid flare?

  • Is basically a real violent inflamatory reaction to the crystals in the steroids.

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  • I don't think I had a steroid flare. I just had side effects that were majorly amped up. Some of them were hot flashes every few minutes that are now down to every few hours; night and day sweats that would leave my hair and clothes dripping wet every hour or so and are now down to several times a day/night; insomnia that is still continuing; nausea that made me lose a few meals; flu-like symptoms for over a week, emotional highs and lows, dizzyness, etc. ~kathleen
  • Bummer about all your problems with the steroids. I certainly hope all this passes soon!


    P.S. Glad it wasn't a steroid flare!
  • Hi,

    Just a quick note to say that the side effects from the ESI are nearly gone. The hot flashes and insomnia hung around the longest, but I feel almost like a human being again. The steroid injection helped my pain for a few days, but that really doesn't matter since I can't have any more steroids. ~kathleen
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  • Kathleen,

    So glad to hear you are feeling better finally! Thanks for the update.

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