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need help/advice with pain post epidural lumbar steriod injection

Does anyone have any experience with epidural steroid injections? I had my first esi on Tuesday and here it is Thursday night and I'm in horrible pain. A different kind of pain and by far more painful than the pain I was having prior to injection. Any help would be appreciated


  • catfishmanccatfishman Posts: 185
    edited 12/14/2012 - 3:26 AM
    i had 4 all together in the past, the first one helped for about 3 weeks, the next one helped for about a week or two, so my pain management doctor said he would go at a slightly different angle on the next 2. well they did not give me much relief, plus it cost me $100 for the using the hospitals equipment, and $40 for my specialist copay, so i did not get anymore. sometimes it takes a series of 3 to get relief
  • initial pain relief comes from the lidocaine that is mixed with the roids. After it wears off you have pain from the injection and from the roids. It can take several days for the pain associated with the ESI to subside, they don't usually discuss that before the shot. I've had such good results from lumbar ESI that I will continue to get them to postpone fusion as long as they continue to work.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
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