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A 44-year-old member asked:

Will an epidural injection cause me to feel sluggish?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Guyer
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 47 years experience
No: That is not a usual side efffect.
Dr. Mitchell Zeitler
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
No: In fact the steroid may cause the opposite effect and give one a "lift". But in all fairness, steroids can affect people differently--some get nauseous, some feel energized, most get no side effects. Hopefully what you do get is reduced inflammation around the nerve root and less back pain/radiculopathy which is why it was done in the first place.
Last updated May 1, 2016
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