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Driving after lumbar Epidural injection?

cantacccantac Posts: 24
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:36 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Just wondering why they won't let you drive the day of an epidural? But yet you can sit in a car and get a ride? Is it because they have you take an anti-anxiety pill or is it related to the actual injection itself?


  • It could be the meds they give you or they don't want you twisting and turning while you are driving. You may twist more than you know when you are driving when you are looking to back up or to see if there are other cars behind you. I always had my husband take me anytime I had to get injections because I never know how I'm going to react. I have to take valium or zanax cuz I get vesa vey (don't know spelling) but I feel like I'm going to pass out and throw up at the same time.
  • explained to me that after the shot, you can have problems with the cortisone affecting you legs and nerves. It can make you not able to walk or function correctly and it also can affect how you use your legs to drive.
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  • there are two valid reasons:
    1. If they do pre-sedation (twilight anesthesia), no driving at all
    2. If they inject local anesthetic with the steroid, you can actually have temporary loss of sensation of your legs (just like epidural with pregnancy- this did happen to me!). I couldn't feel my legs very well for a few hours and actually crawled from the car into bed.
  • Iowarobin is pretty much correct, I've been through a few of the shots and had felt very woozy upon release and lost sensation in one leg climbing stairs in my house after arriving home. I would think someone would be nuts to attempt driving.
  • For my ESI, only local anesthetic was used and in minimal amounts.
    My left leg was numb for about 2 hours after, so we waited it out in a recovery room.
    Finally, it woke up and I was released.
    Drove home w/ no probs.

    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
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  • I've had two ESI's and Iowarobin is right on the mark. With that being said I drove myself home both times with no issues but I know my body pretty well. I gave myself about 30 minutes after the shot before I gave myself the green light. I've talked to a few friends at work that did the same thing but everybody is different. I guess the best option is to play it safe and have a driver just in case...
  • I didn't need a driver after my ESI. I just had to stay at the doctor's office for 20 minutes to make sure I wasn't going have a reaction to the medication.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
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