I had my 1st T8-9 steroid epidural injection today and will not allow that dr. do it again. My insurance would not pain for my reg. pain doc to perform it because he is not under my plan. I have had many lumbar and cervical steroid injections but always got Versed. Today nothing was given. Felt like an elephant sitting on my chest at the time medications was inject enjected. Since I have been home, having spasms over ribs, pain at site and diarrhea. I understand the nerves at that level are associated with the stomach. How long will. These side effects last. Had none with previous injections either because the versed made me forget the 1st day or due to the different levels.