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L5 Epidural?



  • Hi Rick,

    I have had 5 ESI and one foramina - none of them gave me relief, but didn't make me feel worse either. Two days ago I had a caudal injection. I have been suffering for 3 years with back pain and sciatica due to failed back surgery, herniated discs, and DDD. Nothing has worked thus far for me...but knock on wood, I actually have gotten some relief from the caudal. I think that's because it went directly to my S1 (herniated at L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1) which is the root path that gives me the most pain/numbness. Due to my surgery, I have quite a bit of scar tissue which the doctor believes has prevented the cortisone from getting to the nerve. I hope you get some relief from your ESI - sometimes it can take a few days they say. My theory is that of many others who posted - it is worth it even if you only get a short time of pain relief. It's funny how those of us in pain have forgotten what it feels like not to have it be a constant in our lives. Best of luck to you!
  • It's been over two weeks sense my lower back epidural and my lower back is worse now, it kills me to sit in a straight back chair. They have referred me back to my PM doctor for follow up to check if I have neck compression causing the leg problems. This on going spine problems sucks and dealing with more than one doctor also sucks. I have a closed mind concerning any more surgeries, I just want to know what my long term life is going to be and if this is as bad as it will get than I will adjust my attitude for it, but after having two surgeries a year apart and things have gotten worse each time than I say STOP, I am done with their so call modern wonderful medical crap.
    My wife and I are 4 weeks into a 10 week chronic pain class looking to other things to learn to cope with pain.
    Take care and don't ever give up or give in to them.
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