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A 32-year-old member asked:

I'm getting an epidural steroid injection. what should i expect?

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Dr. Samyukta Mullangi
Dr. Samyukta Mullangianswered
Dermatology 7 years experience
Injection: Epidural glucocorticoid injections (also referred to as "corticosteroid injections" or "steroid injections") involve the administration of steroids in the space between the dura and the spine. Epidural injections have been used in patients with radiculopathy, spinal stenosis, and nonspecific low back pain. A recent report showed no long-term efficacy in chronic lumbar radiculopathy.
Dr. James Henning
Anesthesiology 50 years experience
Lots of relief!: A question that deserves a longer answer; it depends on "where, " "how" severe your problem is, how many previous injections you may have gotten, the experience of the care provider, the type of steroid used (have you been reading the news about the problems with compunding pharmacy related medicines?)..A great question for your personal anesthesiologist or physiatrist.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Expect an Injection: Epidural injections are common and if you have had any type of injection it should not be much different. The local anesthetic to numb the skin typically burns abit. Your doctor should be using fluoroscopic x-ray guidance to do this injection. Occasionally, you may feel back pain or a nerve pain sensation as the needle is placed appropriately and medication is instilled into your spine.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What to expect for epidural steroid injection for a herniated disc?

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Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
You might be sedated: you will receive local anesthetic to your back to numb for the larger epidural needle which will be slowly inserted possibly under fluoroscopy. You may receive local anesthetic with the steroid for immediate pain relief. After a few days hopefully your back pain will be improved.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Who should get an epidural steroid injection?

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Dr. Richard Guyer
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 46 years experience
Primary for leg pain: They are used primary used when there is a pinched nerve in the back that is causing leg pain, ie sciatica.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can i get a reverse epidural steroid injection?

4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard O'Leary
Anesthesiology 29 years experience
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 never heard one referred to as "reverse".
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 29 years experience
Unless you are talking about a Lysis of Adhesions procedure in which the injection travels up to the problem area.
Mar 6, 2013
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 29 years experience
Do you mean a Lysis of Adhesions?
Mar 6, 2013
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can i get an easy to understand explanation of epidural steroid injection.?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Yes: It is an injection of steroid medication into your back or neck to help reduce inflammation around nerves to reduce pain.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can I get an epidural steroid injection if I am allergic to ivp dye?

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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Yes: Esi involve the insertion of steroid into the space outside of the dural covering through either the translaminar or transforaminal approach. Although "dye" is use for location, it is not essential to safely perform an esi.

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