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vrobinsvvrobins Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Lower Back Pain
I have an appt. with a Pain Management doctor on the 4th. I have facet arthritis, bone spures, etc. They say on my L5's left lateral recess is severly stenosed from joint enlargement, impinging the left L5 nerve.
My main complaint is pain, aching and numbness in my left buttocks, thigh and calf aching and my ankle and part of my foot tingle like they are asleep.
I guess my regular doc says I should get the spinal injections. I just have one question?
Can getting these shots cause paralysis? Just comments people have made to me. Ones that have never had any shots.
I have never had anything like this done but I don't like taking pills for pain and I want to give this a try.
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  • Do you know what kind of shot it is? Is it like cortisone?

    I had an injection once, in the area around my tail bone. It was done by a general medical doctor and didn't do much good, but also didn't hurt me. Later on, however, I was told my a different doctor that I should never have been given the shot without prior examination by a specialist, or at least been given an MRI.

    There are several risks involved with injections like this, so you should go over them with your doctor. I have heard that paralysis is a risk, but it is rather rare. General numbing in the legs and feet are more common side-effects but actual paralysis--especially long term--seems to be a very rare occurrence. You should talk to your doctor about your concern and see what s/he says.

  • I had some injections done in a regular doctors office in my back but they were just shot into the areas that were the most uncomfortable, and they helped a little for a day maybe. The shots the doctor is sending me to the Pain Management Clinic for are done with a CT scan or X-ray machine or something, lol. I really won't know until I go for my appointment next Tuesday.

    I just didn't want to think that paralysis could come out of something that sounds like, in reading on this site, a pretty common procedure. I just don't like the thought of somebody putting a needle into my spine! But if it will relieve this pain, I have to do it.

    Thanks for your response, I appreciate it.
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  • I had some injections done in a regular doctors office in my back but they were just shot into the areas that were the most uncomfortable, and they helped a little for a day maybe. The shots the doctor is sending me to the Pain Management Clinic for are done with a CT scan or X-ray machine or something, lol. I really won't know until I go for my appointment next Tuesday.

    I just didn't want to think that paralysis could come out of something that sounds like, in reading on this site, a pretty common procedure. I just don't like the thought of somebody putting a needle into my spine! But if it will relieve this pain, I have to do it.

    Thanks for your response, I appreciate it.
  • Oh ok.

    I think that you'll be fine, then. I've read that receiving and injection while also having an MRI or other such scan is typically pretty safe because they have a better idea of where to inject you at. So I don't really think there is much risk involved there.
  • I've never heard of PM injections into part of the spine being done without x-ray guidance, which was part and parcel of the facet joint and epidural steroid injections I had during the period of misdiagnosis (with respect to proper diagnosis the MRI I recently had - the one and only done on my lower back - was a godsend).

    Scoliosis, herniated L4-5 disk with encroachment on L-4 nerve root, mild herniations at L2-3 and L3-4.



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  • to see that you are going to have them x-ray guided. I went for 3 ESI 's and the doctor did not use any technique to guide them...just him and the needle. The shots did not help me at all...possibly because of this.
    Best of luck to you. Please keep us updated on how you are doing
    Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • Maybe they were trigger point injections to treat a spased muscle that won't relax?? I've had 2 of those in the area between my should blade and spine and it was in DR office me sitting backward in a chair. It was ok. I have also had pain injections c-4-
    c-5 (I think may have been c-6, anyway these were down in a special room (operating room) fluoroscope and I was put to sleep for these. They injected the nerve roots and pushed meds into the vertebra & spinal cord area too. Those worked great! Though now 6 months later, it is coming back little by little now. Will see about that during my next appt (march) with the Doc. Steal on NORCO for LB and neck pain.
    C3-4-5 fusion 2005
    C-5-T-1 disk bulged
    L-4-5 bulge to the right, with Microdiscectomy, failed
    L5- Bi-Lateral bulge
    Pain in right foot -loss of feeling
    Left butt, hip and front thigh pain with bad shooting pain into inside ankle sometimes
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