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Epidural Injection

Hello!

So I am going to getting an epidural injection soon. I have had 2 regualr injections which did not help at all. Are these injections more effective. I am also going to PT 3 times a week. The meds I am are, Lyrica, Mobic (anti-inflammitory), Soma (mucle relaxer) and Oxycodone for nights that are really bad. My Dr. does not want to do surgery at this point due to my age (I am 34), and he does not feel that my herniation is bad enough to constitue surgery. I am dealing with sciatic pain and my herniation is L4/L5. I just want to feel better and be able to stand, walk, get my life back. Can anyone give me any suggestions to help me figure this out and get better. I am getting so depressed. Thank you!!!!
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    an esi or epidural steroid injection contains a combination of medications, a steroid to calm inflammation and usually some form of lidocaine or similar numbing agent that helps to sooth the inflammed areas in your spine. it can worsen the pain for a few days but soon should help to calm the inflammation and pain. it can be done in a series of three injections since it might take more than one to determine if they are going to help with the pain so if the first doesn't work, your pm doctor might want to do a repeat to see if the second or third helps to ease the pain. for some, the injections work for several days, weeks and on some patients months of relief.
    sciatica is an inflammation of the sciatic nerve, and can take some weeks or months to calm down. talk to your pt therapist , they can make some suggestions to help stretch the nerve without further inflamming it.
    sandi
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  • Danny1978 said:
    Hello!

    So I am going to getting an epidural injection soon. I have had 2 regualr injections which did not help at all. Are these injections more effective. I am also going to PT 3 times a week. The meds I am are, Lyrica, Mobic (anti-inflammitory), Soma (mucle relaxer) and Oxycodone for nights that are really bad. My Dr. does not want to do surgery at this point due to my age (I am 34), and he does not feel that my herniation is bad enough to constitue surgery. I am dealing with sciatic pain and my herniation is L4/L5. I just want to feel better and be able to stand, walk, get my life back. Can anyone give me any suggestions to help me figure this out and get better. I am getting so depressed. Thank you!!!!
    Holy crap!! For a minute there I thought I had posted this under another account but then I realized when you joined. I'm also 34, and my name is also Danny born in 1978 LOL. My doctor told me the exact same things that he told you. I also had 2 spinal shots that didn't help. How's that for similarities?? Doc said if 2 didn't help then the 3rd one probably wouldn't either so I skipped it. No meds yet and no PT because I can't find a decent one. If you figure out how to feel better let me know brother because I am also getting depressed living like this. I got good enough to walk around without pain and then all of a sudden I started getting bad pain again but I don't know why. Sucks!
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