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Cortisone Shot

meg101mmeg101 Posts: 31
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:58 AM in Spinal Injections
I just had an Epidural Cortisone shot today at L5/S1. My Doctor injected it on the left and right side of the L5... and I am having alot of pain... I had many epidurals but not like this one, and im going back for the same injection at the L5 on the left and right side at the end of this month. Also im going back to Physical Therapy. I really hope these shots will work!!!! :)

I had my shot today on 11-11-11 at 11am! hahaha.
I'm 24 years old, I have had back problems since I was 17...

June 6th 2012 (I was 20 years old) On my L4/5 I got a Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) with 4 pedicle screws, 2 rods, and 2 cages.


  • Also my legs feel very weak after this ESI... is this normal? and I know the pain is normal.
    I'm 24 years old, I have had back problems since I was 17...

    June 6th 2012 (I was 20 years old) On my L4/5 I got a Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) with 4 pedicle screws, 2 rods, and 2 cages.
  • Wow for real at 11 on 11-11-11? I used to get a heaviness and felt worse after my ESIs also. I do hope you can get some relief with this one and keep icing.

    I read in your signature that you've had many injections in your back. I hope they're not doing more than the 3 ESIs in one year though for your bone health. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • Hi Meg,

    I hope this post finds you with some relief! I just had my first epidurals ever yesterday morning. I had no idea what to expect. I had two injections in one procedure and am also having increased pain! Yesterday evening I called the Dr. on call because by the eve's end my legs felt like they used to after running half-marathons(never ran a full but imagine the aches and pains I was feeling along with cramping in my achilles has to be similar). My pain is isolated in my right leg but both legs were severely achey. Then at around 2am I woke up with nerve pain once again shooting down my leg into my ankle on the right side. I am writing this feeling so disappointed as my Dr. told me I should be able to return to work/grad. school today. I wonder, did you feel immediate relief following your procedure? I know there was tons of numbing medication in the injections but boy was that a nice masking of my pain, I felt like me for a few hours after the procedure. I even hugged my dr. all teary eyed. He was very realistic about the whole thing though, warning me the pain would prob. return. For some reason it seems worse right now....SO, if this helps at all, I think I am feeling exactly how you are feeling. I also had intense hot flashes yesterday and random bursts of hunger--which I welcomed after losing 11pounds since this latest flare up ensued. Goodluck to you Meg! How are you feeling today?
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