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A 46-year-old female asked:

Epidural steroid injection -fatigued, muscle fatigue, racing heart, out of breath easily, twitching many places of body.....normal side effect?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Vaught
29 years experience
See your Dr.: I would not attribute your symptoms to an ESI. You should see your Dr. for further evaluation. Good luck.
Dr. Moshe Lewis
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 26 years experience
Contact your MD: We can see a variety of side effects from epidurals although some of the ones you have listed are not as commonly seen as others. Thus the best advise is for you to get in touch with the MD who performed the procedure and schedule a followup appointment for tomorrow. Otherwise see your primary care MD asap to evaluate why you had such side effects, investigate your thyroid levels and cardiac tests
Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Racing heart: And twitching can be from toxic effects of local anesthetic injected intravenously but should pass fairly rapidly

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