Yesterday morning I had my first epidural experience. The Dr. came in gave me several shots to numb the area, then gave me both injections one one each side of lower back. I have spinal stenosis due to bone spurs on facet joints. L5/S1 narrowed by 75%, L4-60%, L3- 25%.Recommendation laimenectomy and spinal fusion L3 to L5. I don't want to do surgery. I also have rheumatoid arthritis. I have pain with tingling and numbness in both legs daily. Somedays its not bad if I keep moving, active. To go from extended periods of inactivity (sitting) to activity is difficult. I am a 52 year old female who has been in retail field for 2o yr, last 12 as a manager. I'm not working now and am unsure of what I will be able to do with my back issue. Anyway the epidural PAIN from the shot was the worst. The left side was uncomfortable but the right side I was coming off the table. I KNEW I had a sciatic nerve. I was wheeled out and could not stand alone for 4 hrs. This morning the injection is sore thats o.k. but my right foot and top of my leg ? are numb. I have an appt. with my rheumatoid Dr.at 12,hope I can drive, theres always cruise control. I hope these shots help.