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Second ESI worth trying?

Started by haleyannan on 03/04/2016 2:02pm

I had an ESI last year, and as my doctor injected the medication, my sciatica flared up like crazy and sent instant electric shocks down my leg. It was in super intense pain for at least an hour, then it felt like a cell phone was buzzing in my foot or a cat brushing up against my leg for about a week before returning to my normal level of chronic burning. So the first ESI did not help, but it also didn't make me any worse in the long run (except for those several days).

My doctor said that my reaction had to do with the pressure of the added liquid in my epidural space and the irritability of that nerve, but I haven't found any research confirming that reaction. I've wondered if he struck the nerve during the procedure and doesn't want to tell me. Two other doctors have recommended trying a second ESI for my herniated lumbar discs, but the doctor who performed that first ESI didn't want to try again, so perhaps he genuinely believes my body is not well suited for ESI's. Nothing else has worked to relieve my pain or get me functioning as an otherwise healthy 25 year old, so is it worth trying a second ESI?

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It's not uncommon than the first epidural shot is a miss. I've had that happen, but the second one was right on. It's important to tell your doctor exactly what you are feeling and understand that he/she is trying to help you. I have had two back surgeries now, one to fuse L4 through S1 with instrumentation and the second to remove the hardware as I didn't need it anymore and it was painful. I had an epidural shot to determine the hardware was the source of my pain. It worked but it was short lived. Sometimes they work for a long time and sometimes it takes a couple shots to get there. Hope my experience helps you.

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It's not uncommon than the first epidural shot is a miss. I've had that happen, but the second one was right on. It's important to tell your doctor exactly what you are feeling and understand that he/she is trying to help you. I have had two back surgeries now, one to fuse L4 through S1 with instrumentation and the second to remove the hardware as I didn't need it anymore and it was painful. I had an epidural shot to determine the hardware was the source of my pain. It worked but it was short lived. Sometimes they work for a long time and sometimes it takes a couple shots to get there. Hope my experience helps you.

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