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nerve damage due to injection



  • I had nerve damage due to the direct 'hit' from the needle during my last ESI(June08).It was scary and affected both of my arms..not my legs as all of the reading material says.When the needle hit one arm just froze and lay still and the other one felt as though it were being shocked and I had no control..it flew in the air.I came up a bit from the table in pure fear.Not thinking that could have hurt me too...with the needle still in there and all.

    I have posted here in other threads and mentioned that I would never have another injection on my spine(this was in the C area),but I've never told my story.So many people look forward to having relief from their pain and I don't want to scare them,or sound like a pessimist~but my ESI's were unsuccessful~and I've had many.The only one that WAS successful was the one in my hip,but that was for bursae,and not DDD,or spine issues.

    To sue your Dr would be a personal choice and I would think that you would have to follow your conscience on that.In my personal opinion,a Dr that did not tell you all of the risks(even if rare),only deserves the same respect that he seemed to give to you.
  • Yes, I had damage to the nerves in my spine due to a local anesthetic (marcaine) with a steroid injection one year ago. I was being treated for a damaged coccyx due to obsessive cycling. Following the injection, no fluoroscope was used, both of my legs have partial numbness, the pain in my coccyx has increased two fold, sleep is rare and the topper is nocturnal enuresis.
    To date: two sleep studies with negligible results, two urologists both saying the injection possibly caused the symptoms; they will not document though. Three osteopathic surgeons all stating poor surgical results, one wanting to remove the tailbone, Three physiatrists all with unusually large hands and questionable bedside manors. One bone scan, two MRI's, two X-Ray's (one sit-stand), and now I am being scheduled for an EMG. Cant wait.
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  • I have had no luck from ESIs, I know many people have.
    If I am told to try them again and have an idea they would help I would agree.

    What I would not agree to is one done without a flouroscope! No-Way. There is not anyway you can convince me this is a good idea. I have had two ESIs and an shoulder MRI with dye done under flouroscope. After going through those and knowing what I know now, I would not allow it. No thank you.
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