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Now Dr. wants to try an "isolated C-6 steroid injection"

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Spinal Injections
He said it is done with a very fine needle through the side of the neck.

Has anyone had something similar done?

My first ESI was VERY painful with 2 of Versed. I screamed and cursed through the whole thing. :O

My second ESI was great. Felt nothing with 4 of Versed. No cursing. }:)




  • CAmille,

    Sounds like to me they are going to do a selective nerve block? I have gone through several of them. If that is the nerve that is firing you will get some relief from the injection. The ones I have had done were done as a diagnostic. The doctor who put them in asked me to keep a journal for the following two weeks to see how the pain was and to return the journal. The injection itself. I admit, was a bit painful, but it is very short lived. They did put a local in before the injection. Some doctors will offer you a sedative before the injection. I myself don't take the sedative cause it means I have to have a ride. I did have one doctor do it who I called trigger. He would say ready. aim, fire and shot was in. You should be fine and like I say if it is the nerve that is firing you will like the relief. The injection itself is done under flouroscopy as is done with the esi's. Difference in positioning and the needle they are using. For myself as soon as the meds wore off the pain returned, about 5 days latter. That was the indicator the nerve root was being compressed along with all the other test MRI, myelogram, and emg. Good luck and I hope you get some relief.
  • Tam pretty much said it all.
    Some ppl have extreme pain, others ALOT of pressure.
    Its over and done with in a second. even though it seem like forever.
    Now your arm may go numb so you may want a driver. I just answered another post and that should be stated in paperwork (if you have some) about the procedure.
    Now my new PM does not use anything either, but by the look in my face he said he could give me a jab in the arm w/ a relaxant. He doesn't do IV"s for these.
    ESI is a bit different as they are guiding the needle up into your spine to the exact spot.
    Mine was also painful w/ pain medication and relaxants.
    But the SI joint one I flew through. Yeah it felt like a elephant on my back and I couldn't walk out of the office due to the numbness. (boy was that nice) LOL but it all worked and I never needed one again.
    This time I am having them in the facet joints and not the disk itself. I think I found my self a winner in PM diagnosing the right areas!!
    Good luck!
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