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Injections Won't Work for Multiple Level Problem?

mcjimjammmcjimjam Posts: 307
edited 02/16/2014 - 6:07 PM in Spinal Injections
Hi, so I was talking to my PT the other day and he was saying he had discussed with his colleague whether to refer me to a pain specialist, which he had decided against. In the course of the conversation he said that he didn't think injections would help me, because my problem is at multiple levels. I have osteochondrosis in my thoracolumbar region. Does this sound odd to you guys? Has anyone with multi-level problems gotten relief from injections? Thanks


  • SarahLindeauSarahLindeau Posts: 766
    edited 02/16/2014 - 6:44 PM
    I never got more than a week of pain relief with epidural steroid injections. And it took 5 of them to finally come to the ram realization that they weren't helping. I discovered that my discs at L4-L5 and L5-S1 was where the injections needed to be after a diagnostic discogram. So I had 3 "therapeutic disc injections" in 2013 and they were amazing. Same procedure as A discogram but they object lidocaine and cortisone directly into the discs themselves, instead of fluid. These injections (January, May and August of 2013) gave me almost a year of relief. After August's injection though, my discs were kaput and I opted for the two level fusion.

    This is just what worked for me. Good luck!
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
  • SteveTSSteveT Posts: 178
    edited 02/17/2014 - 5:21 AM
    Injections never worked for me, but when I had mine done, they were done at each level that was a problem. Some people get relief, others don't, but it's worth a shot. I'd discuss it with the doctor who referred you to PT, they would be more qualified to give their opinion on whether the injections would be of any benefit.
    10/28/13 - ALIF, PSF, decompression at L4/L5 and L5/S1
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  • mcjimjammmcjimjam Posts: 307
    edited 02/17/2014 - 6:28 PM
    My GP hasn't brought them up, so I guess he probably doesn't think it will help.
  • injections do help some patients and they are worth investigating, at least one set........depending on the types of injections being done, and how soon after the increased pain/injury occurs, plays part of the decision making but I would give them at least one try.
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