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Failed Epidurals

tomatotomttomatotom Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Spinal Stenosis
I have had 2 epidurals, both of which provided no relief. The second epidural was done on both sides at L5. I have radiating shooting pain to both butt to legs to feet. I get numbness in my feet. I am only 24, active healthy male. Now I have a hard time walking for any period of time. The doc said I would be a good candidate for surgery, and was going to talk to a surgeon. Now I have to wait. Any ideas of the kinds of surgery possible?


  • First of all, when confronted with surgery, always get a second opinion. Despite what your surgeon tells you, most spine surgery involves a very long recovery process. If you have a disc or something impinging on a nerve, they may end up performing a spine fusion and laminectomy (both of which I've had). I recently read, however, that more than 60% of people who have these surgeries don't need them. I'm apparently one of them, as the pain I'm experiencing now is worse than the pain I had before surgery. I recently had 3 epidural injections, and none of them worked either.

    Try everything else first. Physical therapy. Acupuncture. TENS (electrical stimulation) unit.
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