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Any luck with epidural injections?

Started by 101557981908356... on 07/12/2015 9:30am

I have an opportunity to have an epidural injection up coming near future....main problem is in my L-5 - S1. Sciatica hip, calf, foot and toes. A surgeon said I have nerve damage? Can't see a compression on my MRI's. I still don't understand what "can't" be fixed. So, has other people benefited from an injection??

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Yes! First couple days are "annoying" but after that I got pretty good relief. I had gastric bypass and unable to take any kind of NSAID'S (Advil, Motrin, etc) the injections helped me and I could tell when it was time for the next one. Unfortunately you can only have 3. I would go through it every 3 weeks if they would let me.

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I have had them done 3 time over the years & each time it was the same while numbed up it was great but when it wore off I was back to crying my slef to sleep & that would only last an hour or so. Good luck.

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I have had them at my L5-S1 before I had them fused. They were helpful at first, but then after multiple times they would work for less time and then eventually they wouldn't work at all. It is just important to weigh the costs and benefits. Let me know if you have any questions, I am well versed in them!

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Iam new here and plan to have the epidural at l5 S1 next Friday. The neuro surgen says I have no choice but fusion. Since the date of your last reply, Iam wondering if you had the injection and if so how are you doing.

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My biggest suggestion is make sure you go somewhere they will mildly sedate you. The very first one I had was without anything but what I can assume was lidocaine and it was EXCRUCIATINGLY painful. Doc told me I was a baby, and I found a new doc. You don't have to be put completely under but versed or propofol do wonders. Expect to not feel your butt and legs for a few hours and to be in pain for the next day. Best of luck!

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Hello; Very new here, first post,
I have been getting spinal injections for 5 years, every 3 months (4 annually). I know it sounds crazy but
it helps, I've had several diagnosis's degenerative disc disease, stenosis, O/A is very prominent in males in my family
several knee and hip replacements. I get the injections in L4-L5 and the 1st is suppose to freeze, good luck with that. Then there are 4 injections 2 on each side. (sometimes it's 6, 3 ea.). They hurt a lot, but also help a lot. Like others I can tell when the next one is due. (2-3 weeks right now).
I'm non-operative, so they say. I'm on a large list of medications, @ first I told them I didn't want oxy-anything.
So they put me on the Fentanyl patches, started @ 25 micro every 3 days- now after 4 years I am @ 125 micro @ every 2 days. Still experimenting with break-through pain medications. The injections have steroids to help my back muscles to build strength. There is cortesoin (sp) and I have checked and asked often if I'm in trouble with the amount of injections, they say no. (pain management clinic here in Winnipeg) Just trying to get by is a struggle and doing things I'd like are out the window. Sleeping disorder, etc, pain has changed my life forever. I'm not crying, we all have our baggage to carry. Before my spine acted up, (I did have 4 knee scopes) and never kept aspirin in the house. Now my medicine cabinet looks like a mini pharmacy!! If anybody wants to talk I'll listen, been there, own the T shirt factory!

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So far, I've had just one set of the nerve blocks. They helped one area and that is fantastic!! so, yes.. they help! I have severe pain in coccyx area, hips, down both legs etc.. I was diagnosed 10 years ago with Spinal Stenosis. The nerve blocks helped the pain in my piriformis muscle, that damn near drove me crazy! The pain is unbearable but I still work full time in a Residential Care Facility.

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I have had lumbar and neck surgery and it doesn't help pain that much but the epidurals do help me a lot. I am no longer a candidate for further surgeries so it is just pain management now and it does help. I get a twighlight medication so I am relaxed and it is not big deal. Hyper after the injections from the steroids and a bit sore but then relief in about a week. You must rest for the first couple of days afterwards so the medicine stays where they put it if you want it to work.

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Whether epidurals will work for you is a very individual thing! At 51, I have been suffering with pain issues and have tried every treatment available. I have literally had hundreds of epidurals in my neck and my back. Give them a try. PLEASE, I will give you and everyone this advise, try everything you can before surgery!! Spinal surgery is something that will change your quality of health forever! I just began experiencing the long term results of a very successful C1-C2. Neck fusion from 20 years ago. After 15 pretty good years I can barely walk! A Neurosurgeon told me 5 years post surgery that I would be in a wheelchair by the time I was 55. He didn't tell me back then what he saw to make that comment but now I just believe he knew, like I suspected, that the stress of this fusion at C1-C2 would eventually affect all of my cervical spine! Well it has affect my thoracic and lumbar spines also! Make a fusion or any spinal surgery your last resort! God bless! Hope the epidural so work for you!

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I am getting ready to have my fourth one done on Friday. I have the problems in the exact same area as you do. The pain in the lower back down the legs has taken away the quality of my life. I also am in pain management and am on a high dose of pain killers, with out them I don't know how I would live at all. The first two helped for about 8 weeks, it does not take all the pain away but it sure does help take down the inflammation enough to make you want to go bac for another one. I don't know where people get you can only have three from??? I screwed up on the 3rd one, I got in a car and traveled for 10 hrs. I advise nothing but bed for a couple days after the injection. And omg does it hurt. But the out come is worth it. You posted in July , how did it go? Wanda

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