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results from my lumbar epidural steroid injection

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,550
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:27 AM in Spinal Injections
Monday I had the epidural steroid injection (L5) and today is Friday. I'm still in a lot of pain. If you have had an injection how long did it take for it to work for you? Do you know statistics on success rate? I've been very sick since December 20th and I might have surgery if this doesn't work. It's scary. :$


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,630

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    When it comes to ESI's, its almost seems like a crap shoot.
    So many people have good success with them and there are many others who did not get any results.
    I've had a number of ESI's over the years, I would say I have about a 50-50 ratio in terms of getting relief from them. But dont give up, before you consider surgery, make sure that you have exhausted all of the conservative treatments:
    - Physical Therapy
    - Aqua Therapy
    - Massage Therapy
    - Heat/Cold Therapy
    - Passive Traction
    - Ultrasound
    - Acupuncture
    - Relaxation Therapy
    - etc

    Make sure you try them all. But also make sure that what ever course of action you take, that you have the approval of your doctor.
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  • and it was a total waste of time. Not only did I blow 2 vacation days, but I was in so much more pain after the procedure. Oh yeah, and they were $1600 a piece. They wanted me to do a 3rd one and I told them to take a hike. I've heard of people who get great relief from these shots, some up to 9 months.
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,630
    so different in the way they can produce results on patients.
    Yes, I know about so many people that had only pain as a result from ESI, but then I can say that I know that many people that had good luck with them.
    Putting things into perspective, any and all conservative treatments are better than going in for surger
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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  • I have had 2 epidurals. First seemed to be on the verge of working for the first couple of days then petered out. Second did nothing, third was aborted due to lack of success. I am one week past an S-1 nerve block which, like the epidurals, did nothing for my pain. Years ago I had bilateral knee injections, same story. I know they work for some people, but not for me apparently. On the positive side, I have had no negative side effects: Hot flashes, mood swings, extreme hunger or injection site problems of any kind. As others have said here and other forums, everyone responds differently, and you should probably exhaust all other options before taking the surgery plunge, though it appears that is where I am heading. I wish you luck and a positive outcome, whatever you decide to do.
  • Today was my 4th. I've had awesome results from my last 3- my last one gave 6 months of relief then I messed up and got myself into pain. Today's will hopefully be my last- but I have had nothing but good results from all of mine,.
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  • One was no help, second was AWFUL! They aborted the third.
    After my partial shoulder replacement the PM said they wanted to inject my shoulder, after ortho had done it! I told the PM no way. Went to a second PM and he recommends an SCS after seeing all that has been tried in my files. I asked about all the different nerve blocks etc and was told that for me he did not think anything they do will work long term. If the nerves were going to behave they would have done so by now.

    I took this info back to my first PM thru my PCP and the first PM AGREED!

    Now waiting on the SCS trial...
  • I had three a couple of years ago and none of them worked!
    Next stop was the O.R. for a two level fusion. I had four months of relief and now I'm going to try one more. Doctor says that's all he can do unless I want to try pain pump.
    Why didn't he suggest neurotransmitter{sp} It seems less invasive?? At least it's smaller! Obviously I've only had one talk with DR. Praying that the epidural will work this time,and then we'll go from there. :H

  • I am scheduled for my 1st epidural injection(s) on Wednesday morning. I have been told what to expect during the procedure, and how to take care of the injection areas afterwords, but I have not been told I might have mood swings, food cravings, etc. that I have seen in the other posts. Are these common side effects for lumbar injections?

    My second question is related to the surgeon I am seeing.
    She is a Physiatrist (a fairly new specialty in medicine).
    I have checked her out and she has never received a negative review, and her background is clean, but I am wondering if I should be using a "regular back doctor"? I liked the idea of her specialty, as she will follow my case with physical therapy, back brace, etc. In otherwords, she will manage my case. Has anyone in this forum used a Pysiatrist?

    Thanks for any feedback I can get.
  • I've had 3...
    1st one - no change in sciatica pain/tingling/numbness, but I did get major hot flashes & mild fever & loss of appetite.
    2nd one - slight improvement in sciatica pain/tingling/numbness (seemed to move from my toes/foot to my ankle/shin), still having hot flashes & loss of appetite
    3rd one - no real noticeable improvement in sciatica pain/tingling/numbness...but my back has been hurting me more (not sure if that has anything to do with the epidural though), hot flashes seem to have lessened/went away & I'm hungry again.

  • Had my 2nd Caudal ESI 4 days ago. Pain is worse, unfortunately. The first one stopped the burning in my foot... so I was hopeful with the second. I am supposed to go back again in 2 weeks for a 3rd. I am nervous that it may make things even worse. My goal is to avoid fusion after 2 L6-S1 surgeries ( have an extra disc ).

    My advise is to take in all this information - go for the shot and hope for the best. Do not become too discouraged from those of us who have not found relief... it may work for you as it does work for many... but if it doesn''t, you will know you are not alone either....

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