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Epidural steroid injections

Started by jimo on 08/09/2012 8:43pm

the doctor ordered 3 epidural steroid injections. Three weeks in a row. I have my first tomorrow. The 2nd is next friday. And the final is the following friday. I have looked up and read about these injections. From what i have read most people get them every couple of months. I have read that they last 6-8 weeks. I can't find anything with anyone else having them so frequently. Has anyone ever heard of getting a shot once a week for three weeks? From what i've read this just doesn't sound right!

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That is what my doctor ordered also. However, the first one lasted a few months. I was told not to repeat if I didn't need it. The second one, given 10 weeks later did not last more than a few weeks. I have not opted to take a third one. Could have been the doctor giving it?? Later I was told (same people) that you could not have more than three shots in any six month period. And later, by an ortho surgeon wanting to perform surgery NOT to take more if surgery was my option as it made it more difficult for him in the site.

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I just completed my third shot in the L5, S1 area of the lumbar region. My doctor said that I needed to wait at least two weeks between my shots. The first shot lasted four days. The second shot had no affect and the last shot has made a difference now for 3 weeks. Good luck with your injections. I hope the first one lasts forever!

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Epidural injections are a waste of time . Was told only 3 can be done within one year' time .
The doctor billed it a *surgery , given at the hospital - *each time . I was told later these injections
can be done in the doctor's office routinely .

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My doctor also ordered this, I haven't had it done yet because my back locked and I fell and broke my elbow. It was the day before I was to get it done. While at the hospital found out I was pregnant, so had to wait until I had the baby. Let me know how it goes for you. Truthfully I already want to refuse to do it. I have spoke with many people who say the first one helps slighty and the last two just aren't worth it. I was getting up to 43 injections a week for 6 months about 3 years ago. They helped take the edge off things alittle, but my family doctor said that many injections is bad one your bones. I guess that may be why the breakage is so bad now. It is very scarey being treated like a lab rat. We take all these meds, crazy treatments just trying to regain sometype of normalcy. Best of luck, hope it works for you.

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From what I have experienced you are to have these injections every 3 weeks not one every week that don't even sound right maybe you better find another Dr that sounds scary when I had them in my neck they did them one every 3 months so just think about it first.

Joyce

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I think, if they work they work, if they don't they don't. They didn't work for me.

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I had two, 2 weeks apart. They helped very minimally. It seems it is a part of protocol for the 6-12 of non- surgical treatment before surgery is recommended. I was not happy about getting them because it screwed up my blood sugars, messed with my lab results and I am still losing more hair daily than I have ever before. Those are my observations but according to doc they are safe (?)

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Hi jimo,,,,my name is Rene and im an orthopedic nurse,,,,I use to assist the docs w/ the injection proceedures,,,the course of injections should be :: one injection.then 2-3 weeks later u receive a 2nd, then 3 months later your 3rd..And if needing more 3months later they start the series again in the same course. Always use cold therapy as I spoke about in my heating pad blog. good luck, I wish U the best result,,,,this doc is taking advantage of U just for the $$$...Rene :)

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What I would like to know, has anyone had 3, or even 2 Epidural Injections that same day? I had 3 at the same time in different areas! Any other ones I have had in the past were spaced a part. Needless to say, I already feel the pain (given on the 14th). I have had chronic back pain for 12 years. A recent MRI said I have Spinal Stenosis (3 nerves being pressed pretty severely), 5 Degenerated Discs and Arthritis. The injections were placed in the canal areas.

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