i just came from my first visit with the spine center and they suggest i get an injection near my herniated disk next week to alleviate the pain-
what are the risks?
Hi Jenny42, I have multiple spine issues and I have recieved the epidural and steroid injections , and have had great success. It doesn't last as long as it should ; but that's my falt for feeling so much better and overdoing it. Others I know that choose to have surgery with removeal or metal put in there body and they have had terrible pain worse than when they started.
I hope you feel better .
p.s. you have the choice of staying awake or twylight sleep. The risk are minimal.
make sure to research your surgeon before allowing anyone to touch your spine....
I agree completely with fishing..Results may vary from patient to patient, but I felt immediate relief.
Just be sure to use a doc that uses flouriscopy (live x-ray) to guarantee proper placement of the meds.
There are also different types of injections to promote healing, (steroidal), pain relief (lidocane, etc, and injections specifically as nerve blocks.
The risks are well documented on the internet, some are headaches if the procedure is improperly done, etc... There is no risk of paralysis when injections are done on the lumbar area.
When in doubt, or have concerns, ask your doctor. He should be glad you are asking questions, if not, find another doctor
thanks for the advice:) i think i was so nervous i didnt ask as many questions as i should have. i do know he will be doing the injections with the xray. I think its a nerve block that im getting- he basicaly said that i have a good side herniation between L2-L3 and he was suprised i wasnt in even more pain! the injections should help me feel better so i can heal faster.?
i dont know why i wasnt told to get the MRI back in August when this all started- instead i got an Xray and started therapy 3 times a week- now at least i know whats wrong with me.....but it is depressing!
Don't be depressed. At least you know what's wrong and no more guessing or wondering. Disc herniations can heal faster with injections, although I thought it was because of the steroids and anti-inflammatory "stuff" and the nerve block was just to block the pain signals, but this may be something you might want to ask your doc. You don't have any spondylosis, hypertrophy, or anything related to degeneration or arthritis so you might have 1 or 2 injections and then never have a problem again. Don't get it in your head that you're starting down a path of being in pain forever.
I can speak from experience that most doctors try the physical therapy route first with possibly an X Ray before moving onto more invasive procedures and medications, which is probably a good thing because it may be enough for some people and in my opinion doctors are too quick to hammer pins and rods into your back with minimal relief. As so many others have stated, I've never heard of someone say "My back feels fine since I had the surgery"
As for the questions you forgot to ask....I do the exact same thing and always remember what I've forgotten on the way home or the next day. Try keeping a post it note stuck on the fridge and jot down questions as you think of them..It works for me.
Please respond on how the injections went, like exactly what type they were, how long before relief was felt, etc...I had 2 steroidal injections on Dec 7th and felt relief almost immediately. As of today, my back has just mild pain when sitting for more than 10-15 mins and I feel it's slowly getting worse every day, but still tolerable with mild meds. I'm allowed 3 injections annually and went to the dr today but we decided to hold off on another injection for now,
Excuse the babbling..
Would need a bit more info on what type of injections that you had - where were they located . As this reply is after the fact, did you go ahead and have them already ?? I hope things went smoother for you than they did for me. Get back to me , would love to know how yours worked for you . Many pain free days are wished to you !!!!
hi jenny i have a herniated disc at l5 pressin on s1 root i 2 like u had ct scan physio at the begin i was offered by gp + nerve specialist 2 have a steroid injection 2 help but when i learnt the complications i put it off i was so scared +woried it would cause more pain i even made the appt twice +rang up +cancelled it twice then 6months later while silly me standin on ladder clean walls flared up my pain again real bad i couldnt stand or walk or sit 4 2 weeks it was so painful +scared the hell out of me so gp ordered mri best thing i did i didnt care it cost 300 dollars i would finaly know exactly whats goin on so after surgeon said steriod injection + special physio + c how we go before we talk about surgery so i finaly done it it was scarey but only last few min as long as its done with ultrasound mine was done at an imaging place with state of the art tech machine done it all then the doc injects it i felt a little pinch then it was heaven for a few hours the first time no pain in months cause they mix the steroid with anast so u dont feel anything 4 few hrs that night was abit painful but a few days it settles its been nearly six months now i think it has helped a little but i stil have pain everyday some better then others it helps abit more 2 function but everbodys drifferent.i think u have 2 try everything u can before surgery so try everything i do my physio sometimes it hurts to do some exercises but thats how u learn what ones work 4 u i try 2 walk when i can even if im in pain cause iv learnt sittin or layin there al day just makes u stiffer + more depressed it is life changing and depressing it effects everybit of my life +my family but we have 2 b strong think theres always someone worse my mums been battling anal cancer 4 18months now had 2 major surgies i just think of her + say 2 myself at least its not life threatin even though it the days get dark sometimes ,our minds play abit part of our pain iv learnt that since this happened 2 me 12months ago i wish u al the best
hi i am 39 i have had alot of injection. in my back nerve roots and all .please make sure you do research on who is giving it to you . my first 1 was great it only last about a week but after that i went to a spine center and another they are not working. now painmanagment said it might be time for surg. the thing is they do not know what is realy wrong with my back or legs .make sure your doc. can prove u have what he says and a shot can help cause they are not mostly a one time thing and cost