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Hi from Australia - Spinal injections???

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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi all,
I'm really glad I found this site, THANKS!!!!

well, about my story, over two years ago I developed chronic back pain - possibly related to my job at a cafe in which I had to do a lot of heavy lifting. After many scans and specialists the diagnosos is "non -specific chronic lower back pain". Since then I have been on disability, trying to continue my studies at uni and next year I'm hoping to start part-time law school. The only treatment that has been suggested is spinal injections, but I am hesitant as my specialist said that there is a low probability that it will help. If anyone has any info or experience with these very scary sounding injections I could really use some advise.
Anyway, thanks for reading!!!


  • Welcome to Spine Health. I have had one lumbar ESI and I went ahead with it because it was the next step in the evolution of conservative treatments for me. I was told that many people have great success with them, so I figured why not try it. It didn't work for me, but I felt good about the fact that it was one more conservative option that I tried, before making the decision to go ahead with surgery.

    I'm of the mindset that if something will give me a few days to a few months or more of relief, then I am willing to give it a go.

    Have you discussed this with your doc and gotten the procedure that he goes through when he does one? I am an information sponge and when I was offered an ESI, I researched as much as I could and asked the doc a ton of questions. I then felt comfortable about trying it. Unfortunately for me it was unsuccessful.

    Anyway, welcome to the forum neighbor. I live on one of the southern Islands of Japan.

  • I had surgery in Dec of 07 fusion with graft at levels 3-4 4-5 metal plate screws and all that came with it. I seemed to be doing good for a few months no pain down legs healing from surgery etc. Then boom - one day the pain was all back down legs could not walk but a short distance, stand, etc. This has been going on for several months since April. My doc finally decides to send me for a new mri last month and he sees something and sends me for a mylegram. They call from office and want me to come in and talk to him about a new surgery. He now says I need surgery on level 2-3. Help me please I need advice!! The insurance required a second opinion- went to that doc yesterday and he said he would advise doing on e other thing and that would be steroid injection at that level and see if the pain went away first. If the pain went away then I would know I would probally get relief from surgery. Surgery is schelued for the 29th pending approval and second doc opinion. Please advise.....
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  • }:) I have had many spinal injections, in various facet joints and the SI joints and have not had much luck with them. However they can be diagnostic. The very last one that I reluctantly had, because of my track record of no relief, actually did give me some relief so we knew we were in the right area. It was in L5/S1 which is not fused. I am fused from L1-L5. Injections did not help in those areas but the fusion (in 2 operations) did take away the pain. I just keep getting new pain!! Next is the MRI and CT scan to see what is going on down there. Good luck to both of you!!
    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • lots of spinal injections and they did help but were temporary. A much better diagnostic tool because if it does help even for a short while, they can narrow down what is causing the pain. Don't be too scared. I think that they sound scarier than they really are. Good luck and keep us posted.
  • I'm going to see a new GP today, as my old one always made me feel bad about myself. I'll see what she has to say about the injections, I guess that if its very unlikely that they will do me any harm, they are probably worth a try, I've just become so protective of my back that anything scares me :?? .
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