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nerve damage due to injection

carolyoyoccarolyoyo Posts: 21
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:21 AM in Spinal Injections
Just wondering has anyone had nerve damage due to a spinal injection?


  • I have had tons of injections and nerve burns and have never suffered any damage.
  • but I sure did from a discogram. The doc was pushing the needle in to puncture my L5-S1 disc, but instead kept hitting a nerve. Intense pain shot down to my right foot, just like when someone hits your funny bone in your elbow. He tried several times and kept sending the electric shock wave down my leg, before he finally gave up and stated in his report that there was "an obstruction" in the way which prevented him from reaching the disc. Obstruction, yeah, it's called MY NERVE you idiot!

    I had always felt blessed to not have suffered from sciatica until having met this "pain management" doctor. He was probably mad at me because before the procedure he asked me why I had never tried injections, and I said "because everyone I've ever heard from says they only last a few days and hated that they wasted the time/money on them!" Probably not the best thing for me to have said to a guy about to poke me with a long needle.
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  • about 2 years ago i had a series of epiderals, after second shot is when i started having swallowing problems. I often wonder if this issue had anything to do with the epideral? the shot was done in the c4-5 area.My pain did get better in my neck, upper back, and tension/migrains after the shots.
  • Hi Tergo,

    Thanks for your reply. When was the discogram done? Do you still have sciatica? Did the nerve ever heal?

  • About 3 years ago, I had a spinal injection at the L4-L5 area and approx. 3 days later I had a horrible episode of pain that stabbed me like a knife in my hip, (unfortunately, this is the side I sleep on so I had to train myself to sleep on my R side.) Ever since that shot, I have had pain in this hip no matter what I do. If I happen to sit too long, maybe sleep on that side, waking up and not being able to walk, at times. But to sumize, I believe this is nerve damage which was caused by that shot. I'm kind of an idiot though, I never brought it up to my doc. I tought it was just another thing I had to deal with, meaning my back pain and problems I have with that.
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  • Thanks for the info. almost afraid to read it.

  • I've had steroid injections in my neck 3 years ago and after 2 felt a lot better. He did it with guided fluoroscopy. I just had one about 2 weeks ago and will probably do another. I've had no bad side affects. I'm just resting for two days to be safe;
  • carolyoyo said:
    Just wondering has anyone had nerve damage due to a spinal injection?
    I had a nerve conductivity test(EMG) test that confirmed acute nerve damage after an ESI. I was never told this could happen. I'm on a lot of Lyrica now and told it will take 6-12 months for the nerve to heal.

    I'm in more pain now than before I ever said hello to my doctor. After the ESI he said my pain was "emotional" and refered me out for pain management and emotional counceling.

    I'm thinking about suing. I'm in pain and scared.

    This sounds like I'm a heretic, I know you all seem to trust your Doctors but anyone ever sue their Doc?

  • That's terrible you had nerve damage after your ESI. I hope it's only temporary and it does heal but sorry you had to go through that. Have you talked to an attorney? Sometimes they settle out of court. I have not had problems with ESI except "leakage" but the Dr. said it was only temporary. It sounds like he downplayed you when he called you emotional. You really deserved an apology. I have my 3rd ESI on Monday oboy I still have concerns cause this Dr. doesn't use flouroscopy. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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