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I had my first L5/S1 esi a few weeks ago.. I started having bad symptoms after it such as headaches, stiff and numb right hip, and cramping in my right leg and foot. After I told the the doctor who did my shot the last time about my symptoms when I was in to get my second one, he told me he didn't want to do it yesterday. I broke down and told him I have tried everything I could. He told me to give him a minute. He left the room and came back in and he agreed that I have done eeverything  possible.. Massage therapy, physical therapy, etc. He agreed to do the shot, but said after the 7-10 days, if it doesn't work, I need to call and cancel my third shot and make an appt with my actual doctor in that office and see what other procedure options are on the table. He said I shouldn't be having these problems at my age. Instead of doing the shot where he did the last time, he went in from a different direction. 

I was wondering if anybody else had these experiences and if I should be worried... What other options would they give me? 



  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,778
    edited 09/24/2016 - 6:50 PM
    Interesting  question  what  were the symptoms the lead to the MRI? 
  • I kept having weird bruising on my back that took me to a new chiropractor.. They xrayed my back and diagnosed me with scoliosis. I started having sciatic nerve pain and I went to a specialist. Found out that specific disc was bulging... It all got worse so I went in and they said it could be bulging more or herniated, but they didn't think it was time for a new MRI yet.. This lead up to my first shot and here I am now. 
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  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,778
    OK ..... NOT MEDICAL ADVICE ...... my personal opinion based on my own experiences.  Does your MRI show anything odd at L5-S1? .......  You changed Chiropractors because of bruising?  Are you still seeing a Chiropractor? 
    ESI's are often done in a series over a period of time.  Did the first one give you any relief?  Are you on any oral medications.  There are many other treatment options if you should need them in the future.  Take them on one at a time!!  

    Keep us posted!

  • I had to see a new chiropractor because I moved. I kept getting random bruising around my lumbar region. I don't see a chiropractor anymore because I got tired of going twice a week. I'm on muscle relaxers and anti inflammatories. The first shot definitely didn't give me any relief and this second one feels worse. 

    My MRI showed just the bulging disc at L5/S1, but that MRI was done earlier this year.
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