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Epidural for back pain

Oct 11, 2016 12:19 AM

So i just got a type of epidural for back pain and They did it under CT scan.
I was just wondering how long it takes to take all the pain away?
I still have the nerve pain in my leg. Maybe i need a different injection for that?

Oct 11, 2016 1:01 AM

Has anyone else had an epidural for their back pain?

Oct 11, 2016 1:51 AM

Many times in the past,for me it never helped unfortunately

Oct 11, 2016 4:48 AM

That sucks.. it doesn't seem to be working for me, unless it needs time to work

Oct 11, 2016 6:52 AM

I've had a number of cortisone injections in my lumbar spine and hip joint also piriformis and cervical spine . They all worked to a certain degree. The best one was cervical . Unfortunately for my piriformis only for a week but that is because it wasn't an inflammatory issue. Usually it takes a ahold two weeks for full effect as they are slow release .

Oct 11, 2016 6:31 PM

I've read if there is no difference you may need 2-4 more over 4 weeks. I get my first epidural soon for L4 L5 pain. I'm skeptical.

Oct 11, 2016 7:31 PM

Did not faze my pain. I was pretty 😞 I really hope that it goes better for you. The best thing about it was the Valium.🙃

Oct 12, 2016 2:56 AM

Hello 🌹
Ive had several😊 cordal epidurals... all worked really well for me😄 but with immediate effect...⚘im so sorry u r not experiencing this.🤗
I have had🤗 facet joint blocks put in on many levels...several times 🤔 not all worked... so i do know the waiting game.
And nerve ablation had a 75% success rate 🤗lumbar and cervical! 😉Its a toss up... but epidurals are the best out the bunch for me. 🤗

Oct 12, 2016 9:10 AM

I have had 2. The first one I didn't really feel a change. The second one helped some - for a week - then some crazy guy ran into my car. :/ I didn't notice a change right away but gradually over the next 2 days I noticed it.

Apr 04, 2017 11:34 PM

I've had an epidural a,d it made my blood pressure go to 164/100. I didn't get pain relief . I also had unsuccessful Botox, and nerve blocks. The pain specialist did a trial to implant a neurostimulator, but he couldn't get the lead wires to go high enough due to scar tissue from my spinal cord surgery
I hope you have better luck

Apr 04, 2017 11:39 PM

I have had them and it was an immediate effect at first. But the more time I had (3 year span) as my pain progressed the less they worked.. so it all depends on how bad your issue has progressed. The best pain relief I had was when I was given radio frequency treatments.. but even those only work for so long..

Apr 05, 2017 12:02 AM

Since 2010 I've had over 76 spinal injections for my Lumbar and my cervical discs that are herniated. Total of nine her Nations. I've been rear-ended 3 times in the past two years following a workplace injury that knocked out the first 6 discs. I noticed some of the injections work and some of them don't but they only last for a few weeks. It is a temporary thing and not a permanent solution. I actually have an appointment on Thursday to get my C3 and C4 injections. If you have more questions please feel free to inbox me and I'll be glad to answer whatever I can. I have to advise that the one thing that really seems to help the pain was not even prescribed for the pain. I had pneumonia in January and the doctor prescribed prednisone to take the swelling down in my lungs from the infection of the pneumonia. Will the prednisone also took down the swelling of the discs and the inflammation. I was literally pain-free for about 2 weeks! I really don't like prednisone and I'm still trying to lose the 10 pounds that it caused me to gain.

Apr 05, 2017 12:08 AM

6 at a time, spinal injections. Under complete sedation..

Apr 05, 2017 12:52 AM


I have epidural blocks many times ( about 10). They helped me and usually started working almost right away. Unfurtunately I only had relieve about 6 weeks and therefor it was repeated. Finally I had surgery but it didn't last either so I'm on daily painkillers. I Hope the epidurals will help you.

Apr 05, 2017 8:55 AM

Many, many of them, both before and have after my back surgery. Pain never really goes away. The best was a dimming for about a week. I finally Quit.

Apr 09, 2017 9:55 AM

I had a caudal epidural done on March 8th. It was my first one, and didn't do much except give me a slight fever and a sensation of pressure in my lower back for about 3 days. I've actually gotten worse since the injection and spent 3 days in hospital last week for pain control. Whether or not this worsening of pain is coincidental, I couldn't really say. I don't think I'll be agreeing to any more epidurals at this point.

Apr 09, 2017 10:01 PM

I have arachnoiditis and as someone who has done plenty of research and can't have one I highly recommend not getting one as it can lead to arachnoiditis and it is something you don't want to deal with. It is a whole different battle and something that is poorly understood by many drs but many patients have to stick together. I have tarlov cyst disease and arachnoiditis (surgery result from tarlov cyst surgery). It is.not worth the risk and dr oz actually shows a very good visual on youtube.

Apr 09, 2017 10:15 PM

I totally agree. I have nerve root cysts and an epidural can lead to more cysts or arachNoiditis. Not worth the risk of permanent irreversible injury for a few weeks of somewhat less pain.

Apr 09, 2017 10:19 PM

Have you checked to make sure the nerve root cysts are not tarlov cysts? That sounds very similar to the disease. They often miss interpret it on radiological reports. If it is symptomatic then push for treatment before it becomes a huge problem and needs surgery to keep from the severe bone erosion.

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