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will alcohol affect my epidural steroid injection

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
52 years experience Rheumatology
Probably no: You do not list your meds but i would make sure the doctor knows all of your meds before the injection. I would doubt any problem unless you are on bl ... Read More
Dr. David Rosenfeld
27 years experience Pain Management
Only blood thinner: Only medications that "thin" your blood are an issue. These must be avoided prior to an esi.
Dr. Qamar Khan
17 years experience Pain Management
Generally no: Most medications are Ok. However, some NSAIDs and blood thinners need to be stopped before the injection to decrease risk of bleeding.

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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bojan Pavlovic
20 years experience Anesthesiology
Possibly: The idea behind doing any injection is to facilitate therapy as a means to recovery. The goal is not to mask pain so that a person can go back to doin ... Read More
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Dr. William Harris
33 years experience Family Medicine
Short-term fix: Unfortunately, in athletics there are many things that are done to get the player back on the field, even though it may not be the best "medicine." y ... Read More
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Dr. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Lee answered
23 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Not usually: Mild to moderate sciatica from a pinched nerve is a relatively stable condition, with low relative risk for precipitous worsening. Return to play, wi ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Henning
50 years experience Anesthesiology
Possibly: Although not typical, these types of injection and other selective nerve root blocks are not necessarily "selective" to one side, especially . If more ... Read More
Dr. Mark Weston
31 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Not usually but: Systemic uptake of sterood can make allsorts of inflamation mediated pain better at remote sites.
Dr. Qamar Khan
17 years experience Pain Management
Possible: However if you have pain on both sides, have doctor consider a bilateral L5 s1 injections to get better coverage.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
52 years experience Rheumatology
One: This is usually handled by a single injection. If the injection does not work see a rheumatologist.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard O'Leary
29 years experience Anesthesiology
Reverse??: I'm not sure what a reverse epidural is. Epidural steroids are injected in the spine to lessen inflamation and thereby provide pain relief. I have n ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
17 years experience Pain Management
Normal: If it does not resolve in a week, call your doctor to see what options you may have regarding this increased pain. Although uncommon, it can happen a ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Henning
50 years experience Anesthesiology
Seek Help: If i understand your question...You are presently having some sort of complication(s)?If you are experienced anything more than minimal back or neck p ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Just like milk : Coating a glass or a spill spreading on a table but motion and gravity also play a role. There is a potential space or epidural space where this inje ... Read More
A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alessandra Bertolucci
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Might: Steroid will decrease the inflammation in the area of injection and if this is your problem causing the sciatica then will be very helpful.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Weston
31 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Very low: While they use a fluoroscope to guide injection the exposure of areas other than the target tissue exposure of other tissues are negligible.

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