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L5 herniation

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,082
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Pain Management
hi. new to this forum. anyone here receiving cortisone shots for pain management?
anyone have trouble with L 3 as well as L5?
my right foot is numb, nearly no reflex, calve is numb too.
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Comments

  • JAx
    Welcome. I'm sure other will be along.

    The shots work for some, others they don't.
    Depends on a lot of things and the standard
    "every one is different" I had several goes with the shots
    but they did not work for me. (maybe the first, but just a little bit) I'd say talk to your doctors, search the net and if you feel comfortable
    then try a series. Might help.
  • I had problems with a herniated disc from L5-S1 but had facet joint problems with the whole lumber area. The injections helped me feel less pain and numbness but found Cymbalta helps also. Some have had better success than others and sometimes only temporary relief. Overall I say I had 25-40% relief of pain and numbness. I took my pain meds before since they don't offer any sedation. I'm not sure I could do any more Epidurals again for a few years but at the time I would try anything to have some relief. Best wishes and hope they help you feel better. 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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