I read a posting regarding spinal taps and noted many people said it was nothing to worry about. I use to get epidural steroid injections until one day they had so much trouble putting in the needles that they ended up puncturing two lumbar disks and now 4 or my vertebrae are fused causing me all kinds of problems. I should have been more vigilant when I knew they were having difficulty putting in the needles and stopped before it went too far.
I then read on a website after the fact, that x-ray should be used to help the doctor guide the needle into the epidural sac. The doctor I went to didn't do that, has anyone else had experience either way?
I had one done in June and was given anesthesia so u wouldn't move around due to the pain being in my neck and left should with a pinched nerve. My doctor used the x-rays to help guide through and he ended up having to add more than what he thought due to arthritis being worse then thought. I had a bad reaction to all the steriods so we did therapeutic nerve block on Monday (10/13/14) which helped lots on the spot needed. Only thing is my muscles are spasming again which is causing more pain in other areas now. Hope things better for you.
I would never let a doctor inject anywhere in my spinal area without x-ray guidance. Spinal taps and epidural injections are different than, say, facet joint injections. The doc should also use lidocaine to numb the area well before injecting. I had one doc who didn't do this and it hurt way more than it should've. You will be very sore once the lidocaine wears off. They usually inject a mixture of lidocaine and steroids. Ice and Motrin can reall help. You should feel almost immediate relief from the original pain, even if it only lasts a few hours.