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From: joye - on 03/14/2010 11:17pm

I HAD EPIDURAL (4 INJECTIONS) LOW BACK AN FOR TWO DAYS IT WAS WONDERFUL...THEN AND STILL AFTER 6 DAYS I HAVE BREATH-TAKING SHARP PAIN WHEN I SIT BAC, GET UP, TURN OVER IN BE...I AM SCREAMING WITH THIS UNUSUAL PAIN FOR ME..I CALLED PAIN CENTER AND THURSDAY AND WAS TOLD TO WAIT UNTIL MONDAY TO GIVE THE INJECTIONS TIME TO WORK, AND I AM WORSE TONIGHT THAN EVER..ANYONE HAD THIS KIND OF PAIN W/EPIDURAL AND WHAT TO DO?????????

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on 03/15/2010 11:33pm

I had this problem recently. My doctor told me it would get worse before it got better. I had my injection on a Monday and was sore and stiff until Wednesday morning. I started feeling better Wednesday afternoon and felt great Thursday until about 2:00 am when I started havng severe muscle spasms and was in pain Friday. I called the dr and they called in some muscle relaxers which helped. I rested over the weekend then felt a lot better Monday.

Hope this help!!

Oh- one other thing. I had some really bad headaches the weeks following and found out that people with a history of headaches are at a higher risk for migranes following the I injections. Something to do with the type of steroid they use.

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on 07/21/2010 10:24am

1. This is not what I was hoping to find for epidural postings today. I'm scheduled with a surgeon Monday March 21 for an epidural. I see two postings and one is a nightmare. They tell me I'll be back to work the next day. Did you have something different for an injection? I am getting cortisone at L4 /L5 for a disc herniation causing pressure on the sciatic nerve. This is causing endless burning and pain in both legs and numbing in both feet. I have to do something. This has been going on for months or maybe years.
I'll update after my epidural. Is this a painful procedure? I have not heard from anyone who has had this done as to the pain during the procedure. Will I be able to return to work the next day? I have an appointment the next day to see a cervical spine specialist for a different injury. I don't feel very good about my future after reading this site. I hope only people with bad result do all the portings. I will be back one way or the other.
Nervious as hell.....Paul

2. Had epidural Monday 4pm. This was less painful then having a tooth filled. It is 24 hours later and I feel better already. I hope it keeps getting better. I wasn't even sore Monday night but I'm also one who doesn't complain about minor pains. I'll keep updating as this progresses.
I'm also about to have three vertibrae removed from the back of the cervical spine; c3-c4-c5. I have a severe cervical stenosis. I'll let the site know how this goes also.

3. Newest entry. April 9, 2010. Had laminectomy April fool's day. at 8:30 AM. Went home that day at 4:30PM. Next day felt very poor but much better to recover at home. Everyday is better. Can now turn head 25% to each side. Incision healing well and now have no bandages on it. Neck gets tired by supper everyday but doing better then I ever thought it would be at this point. This has been much less painful then I expected. Don't kid yourself in thinking it's not painful but I expected worse. I have been pushing my daily use more everyday because I can't sit around and whine. I'm to active for my age I guess; 60 yrs. I use a cane for balance right now because moving my head to see while walking is hard. I walked a mile the day after my surgery. Doctor told me to walk as soon as I felt up to it. Walk everyday now; at least a couple miles. No work return for 4 to 5 weeks minimum. Going to drive me nuts! I had steroid injection in L4-L5 for disk trouble three days before laminectomy. Not sure how all that is doing. All I can say for sure is I have not had ant burning from Sciatic nerve in glouts and legs since injection. I know I'll be tap dancing before long. Probably not true since I never could tap dance.
Paul

4. Had epidural number 3. Very painful after having none on the first two. Different doctor this time. If I can't get 3 months relief this time doctor wants to talk surgery. Life sucks. I'm pain free right now; four hours after injection.
Paul..............

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on 03/22/2010 12:58am

I have had 2 sets of epidural injections. They have helped minimally. I have not had any of that severe pain that you are talking about late. I just have had high hopes which have not materialized. Have you researched laser spine surgery? I am. Would like to find one close to home, though. Good Luck!

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on 03/23/2010 11:48am

"Dealingalone" I would very much like to hear about your experience after having just received the injection. I am having the same issue & am scheduled for an injection on 25 Mar into L4-5 for a herniated disc causing sciatica. My pain is focused in my left buttock & left calf and has been going on for a few months now. Dr. says he'll try injections twice & if that doesn't help then we'll talk surgery.

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on 03/23/2010 5:38pm

Check my first enttry. I just updated it Tuesday, Mar.23 at 5:00

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on 03/30/2010 10:12am

I just had my first epidural injection on Thursday (3/25). I had a "Transforaminal epidural steroid injection". It was a much easier procedure than I expected, however my left leg was numb for the next 12 hrs & I wasn't able to walk. The only difference I can see is that I am now able to lie down without much pain, which means I can finally sleep. While that's an important change, I was hoping for more relief. I still can't walk more than 10 yards without getting shooting pain in my left buttock. My back constantly aches, so I can't stand up straight. I'm still hopeful & will give it a few more days. I'm expecting a 2nd injection in a week if this one doesn't work.

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on 03/30/2010 7:40pm

It's been one week today and I must say one injection did wonders for me. I had no problems and for the first time in years I can tie my shoes and pick something up easily from the ground with no pain. I wish everyone would have this luck. Bending with almost no pain, I hope this is going to last.

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on 04/26/2010 8:11pm

After my first injection....I felt horrible for about 4 days. I was so miserable and sore the day after that I couldn't even get out of bed. However, the 5th day I felt a little better, and the day after I felt even better, and etc. After about 6 or 7 days after my first epideral injection I felt great. I was so hopeful, and relieved that it really helped. I felt like I could dance, and it was the first time in a long time I felt that way!!!

I will say as I got more and more injections...the less they helped with the pain and the less painful they became. I think that if they are done right they are not extremely painful (yes I am a wimp), and it's worth a shot to see if they can prevent surgery. I had a few of them before my first surgery, and now I am about to have another one after my 2nd surgery...so we will see how it goes!!!

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on 04/28/2010 1:29pm

Hi, I just had my third epidural. After my first epidural on the third day I had very sharp pains in my leg. I called the place where I had the procedure and they told me this is normal and I will have increased pain and it could take up to a week to feel better. I had my third epidural on Friday, April 23, 2010. I have had increased pain and a stiff leg for 4 days, but no where near the pain as the first two epidurals. The only thing I did was to rest.

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on 04/28/2010 7:35pm

Sorry to hear your having a hard time. My first injection was on March 23, I think. It's listed in this discussion group earlier. It was great for a month or so. It's April 28th and the last couple days I started having numbness in my left foot and now it's numbness from my waste down. It isn't all the time but I have another appointment with my doctor.
I had my laminectomy (C4,C5,C6) on April 1st. Three and a half weeks have gone by and everything is going so well that my neurosurgeon is letting me go back to work on May 7th. I hope the issue with L4-L5 injection doesn't continue to be a problem and stop my return to work. I just stay positive and do what I'm told by my doctors. Is everyone having their injections by a surgeon who specializes in backs?
Good luck all,
Paul

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on 07/16/2010 4:10am

Have quite a few epies and always have severe spasms bit they ease up after a few days. Some drs will help the pain off it until u recover BUT since they have never had one threy don't know the pain of aftereffects, I assume. It always gets better,and heard of lot of people with leg probes after. U have to realize that they are putting stuff in a spot where there is little ( no) room door extra fluids. It's gonna cause pressure and weird side effect for a few days. Ask dr for something for extra pain for those 4 or 5 days to help. If he won't then just realize that's his choice not urs. Oir pain drs are under the gun right now. Obama care at it's best.

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on 07/20/2010 12:30pm

Wondering how long the pain relief lasts? I've heard only a few months at most and then you need another injection?

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on 07/20/2010 6:54pm

Just had 3rd injection 2 days ago (3rd in 3 weeks). Injections seemed to help for a day or 2, but worsened after that. After last injection sever pain, can't walk straight and constant pain from left buttock al the way down to left calf, and as a result lower back just aches. Only spot with no pain is lying down. Tried PT before the injections, but they say PT won't help because nerve is pushing against sciatica. Had MRI showing degenerative disc disease and bulging disc, one dr says herniated disc L4,L5,S1. Appoint with neurosurgeon and back doctor tomorrow as a recomendation of the pain medicine doctor. Nervous, of what they will say.

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on 07/21/2010 2:34am

Some people only have to have set of treatments ever. Some in a few years. Me it's abbot 3 months...sucks to be me somedays

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on 07/21/2010 3:07pm

neurosurgeon says surgery needs done - microdisectomy. Trying for a 2nd opinion, but can only take so much pain, I actaullywent into drs office in wheelchair because i can't walk.

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on 07/23/2010 1:41am

I'm commenting to G7 because in the last week I found myself in the same position. Hernaited disk in the same area causing extreme pain so I could not walk more than a couple of steps. Only through the doctor referral do you learn many surgeons do nothing to manage the pain. Then some surgeons only work on certain discs. It's quite a circle. I'd like a little relief before considering such serious surgery and it takes months to get in for pain management. The last 2 days I spent hours calling pain management clinics and after tons of calls and duplicate referrals from my doctor (they will look at your paperwork and decide if they will consider scheduling with you then and you can sit and wait for that to happen). Anyway, I found an office sypathetic to my lack of being able to walk and being caught in a waiting situation. They met me at 6:45 am and gave me a shot to treat the S1 nerve issues. They were truly wonderful and so professional and not typical from what I have seen.

It was numb for a while and then the pain grew more intense from the shot as the initial treatment (novacaine) wore off. I am told I should see relief within 24 hours if it (cortisone) will work... I have few hours left but was optomistic to see some people don't see results for a few days.

Anyway - G7 I would get into a pain management clinic and don't just try to get into one of them who might put you off for 2 months. Some people can avoid surgery.

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on 07/24/2010 12:25am

I have read all your experiences and feel a little scare. I learned two days ago thatI have bone spours and stenosis (orthopedic doctor). I have had a terrible pain in my left leg. I took over the counter pills, prescription pills, I went to 7 sessions with a quiropractor, 3 acupunture sessions and nothing helped me. I could not walk or standing up for more than 5 minutes. Not even cook something, not to take the dog outside. Sitting was great or laying down. Mornings was hell. The ortho recomended epidural injections. I had been with that pain for a month and a half. A friend recomended me an inversion table. I used it for a week, twice a day, increasing from 15 seconds up to 90 seconds ( 1/2 minute) during the week and I imprved 90%! Today I went to a neurosurgeon for a second opinion who told me to continue using the inversion table. He thinks the table helped me. He also put me on a treatment with steroid pills and anothe one plus physical therapy before trying the injections. SO, I will give a last try to this treatment, but the table helped me, I know that. Only, ask your doctor if he would recommend it to you. The orthopedic doctor was not very friendly, not even asked me how I felt with the pain in my second visit... when I told him about the table not even answer to me if it was good or not... the neurosurgeon was a real angel to me. Ask your doctor. Maybe some of you could also improve. I saw results after the fith day. There are tables from $ 100 to $800. Mine was $129. Hope someone could benefit from my experience.

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on 07/29/2010 5:37pm

Following up on my last comment. Got a 2nd opinion on the 24th, and he got me in for surgery and performed a lumbar microdisectomy L5-S1 on the 27th. WOW, I can stand straight up again, and no pain in my leg/hip when walking! Only pain is from the cut/surgery itself, and that is only when going to sit/lay down and getting back up. Doc said there was actually a bone fragment up against my nerve and that was removed (have to find out more about this?). Anyways, lots of horror stories about surgery, so I wanted to leave a positive remark. I actually slept the whole night the past couple nights, and only hope it stays like this. Now I am just resting and walking, and taking it slow to recovery.

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