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What is the best thing to do the next day after you get the epidural?

I would to know what to do at home after your shot? Lay down, sit up, hot and cold pads? Please inform me. Thank you so much.


  • I have had 3 injectons my last one was on oct.3. After mine I stayed home from work the next day and rested doing minimal things. I am a nusing asst. Though so I figured that the work I do would be to much but my doc said to resume normal activities.Good Luck!
  • The day of and the next day I have to ice my back and it helps so much. It's the only way I can drive the next day. I usually take it easy the next day even though Dr. said to resume as normal but I usually feel like I've been struck by a truck for about a week.
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  • I just had my 2nd epidural (series of three scheduled) on Friday. I feel fine. I went on a nice walk today. I've been managing as normal and relaxing when I can. I don't have any side effects. I say take it easy and keep a pain diary to report back to your doc.
  • First then says you can resume normal activities.
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  • jbnms99jjbnms99 Posts: 183
    edited 11/26/2013 - 2:26 AM
    I have had 2 epidural injections in my neck and from my experience it should be okay to resume normal activities as long as your body feels ok, On my first one I was told I could resume normal activities immediately, my grandmother was in the hospital and I went to the hospital and sit with her for a few hours after my injection, I was extremely sore but managed. It only helped me for about a day and a half maybe then I was back to the way I was. The second injection I went straight home and relaxed (wife insisted). I sit with a heating pad on my neck and just relaxed all evening and the next day I went back to work. It still only lasted me a day and a half, I might have some relief from the injection but nothing exceptional. If you can rest and stay still the first evening atleast then I would says return to normal the next day but listen to your body and if it is telling you that your overdoing it then stop. It has been a week since my second epi and I am still sore at the injection site but I can manage my pain with rest, stretching, and meds (of course)! I hope they work great for you, a lot of people have great success with them.
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