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Apparently I'm getting an epidural. Now what?

knoxtnhornkknoxtnhorn Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Lower Back Pain
I had posted on here a couple of days ago about my newfound back problems. After seeing a specialist, I'm getting an epidural on Thursday.

1) Having a needle put in my back sounds like a great deal of fun. Seeing as how I have an abject aversion to needles, can someone on here lie and tell me this isn't going to hurt?

2) More importantly... How soon will I be back in action? The procedure is Thursday. I have a bike event Saturday and soccer games on Sunday and Monday. I'm not going to be told to avoid these am I?

Thanks for you help and advice.


  • I can say be brave, but the side affects didnt last too long. Good luck too ya in the sports!
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

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  • Hopefully what I'm going to tell you will calm your mind. I have had 2 of these, I would have had 3 but they didn't work for me like they were supposed to. The main thing during the procedure that was not enjoyable was a "pinch" whenever he put the numbing shot in, after that I didn't feel much but some pressure. Afterwards I went home, put some ice on the site and rested. My legs were numb for a few hours after but I'm not sure if it's my condition that caused it or the shot. I actually felt better for the first week or so after (5 days). I still felt my usual pain but was ALOT lower than before. I hope this goes well for you and good luck with your cycling. My hubby bought me a new bike hoping that this summer we would be crusing everywhere but that's not happening...
    My best advice is to go in with a positive mind and I am sure it will all go well, & hopefully it will do you good.

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  • hi and welcome to the forum!! :H some doctor's will give you anesthetic before the procedure while others do not.. it all depends on the doctor.. most likely since you will be in the doctor's office you will not be getting anesthetic but a local to the area. it will not be pleasant but it is something you can make it through and will be over in no time at all.. my doctor gives me a rubber ball to squessze and i hang in there just fine!! as for recovery afterwards, you may be alittle sore for the first day or so, but you should be able to do what you would like to do although that is something you should definitely talk over with your doctor.. he knows best about that and you are being very physical.. good luck to you!! i hope the epidural works for you! by the way, there are videos on the epidural procedure itself.. check it out!! Jenny :)
  • I can safely say that it is definitely something that hurts but only for a minute then its over. For me the injection was the worst part.I was frozen first,but was still told to hand on to a table that was put in front of me and not to move that it was going to hurt. He injected the medication into my spine,there was some pain and it was done. My back was sore for that day and the next,my legs felt numb too. After the first two days the pain from the needles went away and i had a lot of numbness. Eight days out and i'm still feeling a lot of numbness in my back and legs.My doctor told me it would take a week to two for the injection to work fully so i'm giving the side affects a chance to lighten up before i call. Hopefully you don't have the complete numbing affect that i have. I have trouble walking as much as i was, my legs feel like there dragging and my muscles feel weak to me. Now i have to stop and rest maybe four times where before i didn't have to rest at all.
  • I love the rubber ball to squeeze. Excellent idea! I have to tell my doc to get one or take my own. I would help distract me from be so afraid at first.
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  • virtually all the spinal injection that are available and i have to say that the epidural was the worst one .because i have so much scar tissue the consultant anaesthetist nearly broke the needle trying to put it in my spine .at this point i was only sedated but as i am a big lad and my anesthesiste is a tiny 4ft 8 person she was struggling to keep me calm so she fully KO me so i dont remember much about the procedure ..only from what she told me when i visited her in clinic two weeks later .she has refused to do any more spinal injections ..as the dont work on me any more .but back to you .if its your first .ask for sedation ..and providing you have a decent consultant you wont remember anything .the following day it will ache more than ever and continue to ache for the next few days .use ice and rest .i would avoid any sports event that you have lined up as you may aggravate your condition .
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
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