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Will an epidural injection help disc heal?



  • I'm actually unable to walk for more than about 50 feet right now. I'm gathering from this forum so much information and one thing I've really learned is that while I thought my injury wasn't very serious, I can't DO a lot of what people are saying they are able to.
    I am very distressed because there wasn't really anything else I wanted to do for the rest of my life other than swim, run, maybe learn to cycle better. I spent my early life working with Doctors without Borders in Africa- just got back from a flash trip to Nigeria in August this year. Even the other things I loved to do- I send 5-10 Operation Christmas Child Boxes each year in November, I can't because I can not stand up long enough to sort the goodies and fill the boxes.
    I am just looking to the physicians appointments for answers and hoping and praying that at least the Epidural injection will render me able to do normal things, like stand up for 20 mins, walk my very large dog for 15-20 mins (luckily he is older.). This injury is still so acute, I know that we don't know how it will turn out, so a lot of this is just fear. I do have a strong faith that God is in this and will see me through it, but I have never been very patient. and I'm missing my favorite race of the year for sure, and my Comrades qualifier. I sure wish I had wanted to watch movies or play video games or paint. I'm a great reader, but that well...only for so long. I know this will get better....I can not live for months like this. Wow what a whiner I am.
  • Don't beat yourself up it's REALLY hard at the start! Not saying you won't make a complete recovery.
    There are some old timers on this forum. I'm a young old timer! Things change, even if the degeneration & pain gets worse people adjust. I remember thinking 'I can't do anything! It hurts too much' & it really did but my logic tells me I must be in worse pain now. I've adapted! As soon as I stand it hurts like hell & increases second by second...same with sitting 'normally' on my bum on a chair. Ugh! Agony. I've never been bed ridden mostly because I have little kids & no support system. You find new ways to do things. I've done food bank (just a few hours) sort of laying on 3 plastic chairs handing out sweet & chatting to people. I do crafts for the school. I do a lot of things, sort of lying on my left side is the best position for me.
    Really bad sciatica when it first hits is the worst for me. When every move makes you feel like you're zapped by a cattle prod! When that flares we're all pretty useless!! I know I am.
    Hang in there. One way or another it will get better. I find it really hard to concentrate on reading!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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  • Hello, newbie here. I had an epidural on my L5/S1 a week ago, which I have felt no relief from. How long should I give it before going back to surgeon? Surgeon suggested this would be a last resort before fusion.
  • edited 11/09/2014 - 10:22 PM
    The doctor who will perform the injection reviews your medical history and previous imaging studies to plan the best approach for the injections. Be prepared to ask any questions you may have at this appointment.

  • That comment totally hit my pain on the head. Totally jumping on this thread. I have read all the rules and the beginning posts and was surfing the like posts for info about things like what I am going through and found this. But when I saw the zapped by a cattle prod I had to comment. I say being tazed but it's the same.
    My history a little: Current condition is an approx 1 cm extrusion at l5/s1- per pain management doc- along with multiple bulges above.I'm not taking any meds for it but I tried neurontin which did nothing because my nerve is being so severly compressed neurontin can't make it not hurt. I've had my back pain for about 11 years now with just a bulge at L5/S1 that would cause slight sciatica where Mackenzie techniques would help. But started having the tazing feeling starting in June 2014. It would literally put me to my knees.The pain gets better and worse but is always there. My left thigh is at least 1 inch smaller than the right thigh, my outside of my left leg down to my foot is numb. I've had multiple MRI's, most recent one being Sept 2014 which showed the extrusion. I just saw pain management who immediately said I needed to see an ortho spine specialist, which I have an appt with on Dec 2nd-it's about a 3 month wait, but he said he would do the ESI to help with the pain. I've never had any surgeries and don't have any upcoming yet. But have been researching my treatment options. I've been to PT, Chiro- used to get adjusted regularly and it helped immensely. My current medical problems: HMM well, This! and I have fibromyalgia which I manage myself, Migraines- taking topamax, Depression- which has creeped up on me after not taking meds for 4 years and had to start taking wellbutrin again, husband is deployed and this chronic pain is kicking my butt.
    Other than that, I go to work everyday. I am slower and walk with a limp. I get 'tazed" when changing positions from sitting to standing, standing to starting walking....some days are worse than others. I am the primary care giver to my two kiddos- 11 year old and 2 year old, and my husband is deplolyed. I am worried about nerve damage though.
    Sorry to jump on the post!
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