Epidural Spinal Injections
Following some history, there are two parts to my question.
I was recently diagnosed with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and Osteoarthritis - confirmed by a CT Scan (can't have MRI). Pain is not much of an issue with me but significant muscle weakness most definitely is. In fact, I usually don't have any pain until after I work my back - then I get some mild to moderate pain in both my back, shoulders & neck.
After trying physical therapy (which helped some what to relieve the weakness, my Physiatrist (Neuro Muscular specialist) suggested that Spinal Epidural be given a try.
1. Seems like every time I talk to Doctors about this, their emphasis is always focused on pain. Because I am most affected by routine tasks, such as climbing stairs, walking & balance, I try to point out that muscle weakness is what I feel needs to be treated, but I don't get much of an explanation. I don't get it - can anyone help me to understand what's going on? Regardless, since the Doctor is in charge of treating my condition, I'm following his recommendations.
2. The injection procedure was flawless. In fact, I didn't feel it being done at all. There also were no problems following the injection. So: can or do Epidurals take more than a week to begin to provide relief? This is the 10th day following mine & I feel little, if any, change.