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Lumbar epidural injection recovery, the following day

cantacccantac Posts: 24
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:36 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm trying to plan out whether to go to work, or work from home, or just take the day off completely the day after the injection. It's a standard L5/S1 shot in the afternoon.

From people's experiences should I just take the next day off as a sick day? I have another option to work from home but not sure how productive I will be. This is my first time getting this procedure so I'm not sure how my body will react....


  • the epidurals were never that bad. You should be fine by the following day.

  • Mine was done pre op and in the morning. They gave me something to help me relax so I took that day off but was fine the next day to work.
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  • I've never had any problems the next day. Just take it easy the first day. Don't stay in one position for too long.
  • Like the others, I found my ESI to be no big deal. But please keep in mind that you really shouldn't do anything very physical for about 72 hours afterwards.

    I didn't know this before Gwennie told me, but if you are overly active in the first few days after your ESI, the medicine can be disbursed throughout your body and not work as well as it should. If you stay pretty calm for those few days, it gives the medicine a chance to settle into the area for the maximum relief.

  • My experience has been that the shots that worked best were the ones where I was able to rest for the first 72 hours. And this doesn't mean sleep, just not moving around alot. If you have the option of say sitting in your recliner and working on your laptop, then I personally would do that.
    Good luck!! I hope you get lots and lots of pain relief from your injections!!
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  • I had an injection on 8-25-09 and i think he hit a nerve, i screamed in pain, and have had worse back and leg pain since.
  • I returned to work (desk job some walking)within a half hour of an ESI yesterday. ESI's are a breeze in my experience (about 7 or 8 injections) but be aware that you should not overdo it the first day (and a few weeks if feeling great after an ESI) since the local anesthetic may mask pain the first day.
    I Never could relate to people who have had negative experiences with ESI's-it's basically a needle stick-EDITED. Maybe their docs don't know what they are doing or people have pain issues that make them sensitive to pain and touch.
  • Well I got my ESI just 12 hours ago, things to be coming along normal. I slept for about 9 hours afterwards.

    I'm typing this from a desk chair in the lounging back position. As long as I'm not sitting up I think this will be OK. Some of you veterans seem to take the ESI like it's nothing, but I'll follow the advice that the first 72 hours are crucial as to whether or not the injection actually works.

    Thanks for the info to everyone!
  • I had a epidural before my second surgery and the Doctor that did it tore my dural sack and it wasn't discovered/repaired until I had my discectomy. I will never have another shot like that again. It may work out for some but not me
  • Hi cantac!
    I would usually have my injections morning/mid-day on Thursdays, take off Friday and return to work on Monday. I usually would have two or three areas injected, and would use ice for a couple of days afterward.
    Everyone is different, but try to obey orders, not to swim, lift or overdo for the following few days. I didn't want to waste my time, the doctor's time and my money/insurance.
    Take it easy and see how you do! Vivster :-)
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