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backpainishellbbackpainishell Posts: 969
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:47 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Can anyone tell me if they have experienced an epidural on the neck for pain????? :? :SS

Thankyou in advance :D


  • I have had two done recently and I am going in for another one this Monday. So far no relief from the spasms but my PM doctor is going in on a lower level where I had my ACDF. Hope it works this time. Are you getting one?
  • I have had 3 as well, but I never got relief from those...sorry...I really hope you do.
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  • Ditto here! Before my first fusion (C5/6) my NS had me get a series of 3. No relief from them for me. Because of that, when my C6/7 went, he didn't have me go through them again. I hope you fare better! :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Thankyou to all for your input :D ! (aggienick) Yes i have to have an epidural for neck pain :SS , but before i have that done he wants me to have another session of facet joint injections :? , he wants me to have these first then two months after he wants me to have the epidural in the neck :S (can anyone say what it feels like after having these done??? :?

    Angie xx
  • Claudia, I have had two epidurals done for cervical pain as well as facet injections. Unfortunately, I didn't have relief from either procedure. One epidural was done prior to my surgery (c5 through c7) and since I experienced zero relief, my neurosurgeon chose not to do another. She said that if I had even had 40% relief, she would have chosen to do another two weeks later and perhaps even a third. I also had another one done in the year after my surgery, but again, no relief. My neurosurgeon will only do epidural procedures on an outpatient basis, so I went to the hospital two hours prior to the procedure and was given some kind of mild sedative through iv. I was completely awake while it was being done but didn't have any discomfort. Stayed in recovery for about an hour, then was discharged with the order to rest all day following the procedure. I think that is to give the steroid the opportunity to work on the area it was injected. I always have taken that order very seriously, but still didn't get any relief. On a positive note, I have several friends who did get tremendous relief from epidurals so I hope you will be one of those. Other than my normal pain, I didn't have any discomfort following the injection.
    Hope this helps.
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  • I had my third esi yesterday. This time he went in at a lower level were my fusion was done. My neck feels a little better but I still have a shaky left arm. After two of the shots I felt naseous for a few days and my face felt flushed. After this last shot I have not had any side effects except the shaky arm which I already had. The process itself was very easy for me except fasting till 4 Pm which really sucked. Hoping for relief of the spasms after this last one.
  • Angie, I have no neck issues but was so happy to see you post. Haven't seen you in forever. Do you have a Facebook account? Would love to catch up with you. Hugs, Cynthia
  • Aww >:D< , thankyou for your reply, Wishing you well during your recovery O:) . I have had epidurals for pain before but that was for lower back pain L4/L5 S1 area :( , i was sore and in pain afterwards :S , when i asked the doctor if it was normal to feel as much pain as i did, he said its a normal thing to have discomfort :? , but not the pain that i was in :''( , he said, damaged scar tissue can give you alot of pain :O , i didnt know that as i thought that damaged scar tissue was dead tissue! :B i am due facet joint injections first :SS then 2 months after he wants to do the epidural in the neck :S .

    Angie xx :H
  • Hiya, i have sent you a PM :D

    Angie x :H
  • i did get some relife from a trigger shot twice but never from a epidural.had 3 done on my neck & maybe 9 on my back.
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