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Spinal Stenosis

smolenskissmolenski Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:00 AM in Spinal Stenosis
My husband had an injection of steroid cortisone on Tuesday and doctor told him he would have relief in a couple of days. It's now Friday and nothing is happening. Should we call the doctor and tell him shot isn't helping, or wait a couple of more days. georgianne


  • No, if it were going to help it would have by now. I had an epidural that did absolutely nothing. I have had many trigger point injections that sometimes help, sometimes do not. They are hit and miss.
  • Did they set up a folow up appointment after the injection? They usualy dont want to do another injections for a whle but in some cases it takes 3 injections for it to work,

    My mom had 3 injections for her stenosis by my pain dr and pt and she recovered without surgery,

    So i would think monday would be ok to call dr see if they want to do another 1 in a week or so posibly,

    Good luck,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
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  • Had posterior/Anterior spinal fusion at L5-S1 in 2006. Worked great but it has caught up with me, I have a broad based bulge at L-4 pressing the spine with a cyst pressing from the other side causing spinal canal narrowing along with mild to severe stenosis. That's just the lower back I have simular issues in the neck. I am looking at traditional surgery any better ideas out there?
  • Hi,

    I'm new to this forum. I had my operation 6 weeks ago. I am 62 and have in the past been very active but the last year I have been unable to exercise because of my back problems.
    I am now able to walk 3/4 mile and my symptoms have disappeared, I still have mild aching in my upper back when I have been standing for a length of time. I am in the UK and have been under the NHS; they have provided me with physio sessions which have been brilliant. I am no longer taking any pain killers. I am on the list at the local hospital for a series of 6 sessions of 'getting back to exercise after back surgery'. The reason I am telling everyone this is that before my surgery I was really petrified after having read so many comments from other people who had already had it done.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,348
    Spinal injections can be very helpful in pain relief. Though there are so many that have ESIs and see no pain relief at all.

    I am surprised that your husband's doctor didnt tell you to call back in a couple of days to report.

    Normally it takes from 36 to 72 hours for an ESI to show its impact. I have had great success with some ESIs and none with others.

    After you talk with the doctor, I am sure another plan will be put into place.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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