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Epidural Steroid Injections

Oct 02, 2014 6:52 PM

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?

Oct 02, 2014 10:11 PM

I just had one yesterday it wasn't bad at all. I had no side effects only felt a small pinch. The coctor used the x-ray machine to insert the needle. It was a very good experience

Oct 16, 2014 1:04 AM

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.

Oct 18, 2014 1:49 PM

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.

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