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A 25-year-old female asked:

What percentage of people get worse pain that does not subside into better pain after epidural steroid injection?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
This is dependent on: The diagnosis for which the injection is being given and on the technique used, i.e., image guided. In general, 50% experience good relief and the rest do not with a 1-2% rate of a spinal headache and equivalent percent or less feeling temporarily worse for a day or two.
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Dr. Edwin Perez
Anesthesiology 20 years experience
Pain: A lot. There is an assumption that back pain always comes from the spine. This is too simplistic. If ur pain did not get better...Look for other causes.
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
Given for the appropriate indications, by a specialist using proper trchnique, there is minimal risk of pain worsening
Dec 3, 2012
Dr. Edwin Perez
Dr. Edwin Perez commented
Anesthesiology 20 years experience
Provided original answer
Actually it can worsen. Example if a transforaminal injection is done in area w tight stenosis the pain can get much worse before better
Dec 3, 2012
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 18 years experience
Rare: Usually less than 5% have that happen.
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