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3rd time a charm?

eajosepheeajoseph Posts: 315
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Spinal Injections
I have done two cortisone injections over the last two weeks. The first one did nothing but make my pain much worse. I almost got back to pre-injection pain levels before the second one. The second one was 8 days ago and I have gotten minimal relief. Pain that I didn't have before like in my hips is still present.

Shot #3 is scheduled for 11/5 and I don't know if I should do it or not. The PM said if I didn't get relief from the second one that he wouldn't do it again. So is minimal relief enough to do it again. #1 was so painful. #2 wasn't as bad but I took a Valium an hour ahead of time along with an entire Vicodin and had my husband in the room during the injections. I think I almost broke his fingers; a nurse said my knuckles were white and turning blue.

I would love it if you would give me your 2 cents worth. Would you try a third one? Thanks!


  • I'm going for my 3rd on Monday. I've had some relief. He gives me the epi then does 8 injections of epinephrine for the referred back pain. When I got up I felt no pain. As I started walking the pain came back. I still think it's helping the sciatica so i have to go back just to try. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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