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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are epidural steroid injection complications?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 17 years experience
Epidural steroid : Infection, nerve injury, scar formation, failure to work, CSF leak etc etc, all of these are low however. I send my patients to guys and gals i trust, but just like any intervention, even in the best hands things can happen.
Dr. Gregory Fiasconaro III
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Many but uncommon : Spinal headache, nerve irritation and damage. Bleeding , infection all are uncommon. Pain from the needle. Ankle swelling. Diabetics many see there sugar go up for a short while.
Dr. Brian Le
Dr. Brian Leanswered
Pain Management 17 years experience
ESI complication: The potential risks associated with epidural steroid injection include spinal headache from a dural puncture, bleeding, infection, allergic reaction, and nerve damage / paralysis. Corticosteroid side effects may cause weight gain, water retention, hot flashes, mood swings or insomnia, and elevated blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Rare: The worse part of an epidural injection is typically the local anesthetic administered to numb the skin. After that the needle typically feels like pressure. However as the needle enters the spinal canal or around the nerve root there can be some pain that is transient. Complications can be bleeding, infection, nerve damage and paralysis, but these are extremely rare.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Epidural steroid injection complications in my back. What to do?

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Dr. James Henning
Anesthesiology 50 years experience
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 pain, or have any acute onset of headache discomfort, please let your health care provider(s) know right away....For peace of mind, to get help, and to let them know of your concerns.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are some benefits of an epidural steroid injection?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Improvement: Epidural steroids are typically used to treat pain in the neck or back. The reason behind the treatment is to help reduce inflammation or swelling that is contributing to the symptoms of pain or numbness. Although not everyone feels better after an epidural steroid injection, many patients experience significant lessening of their pain. The injection may need to be repeated more than once.
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 42-year-old member asked:

How dangerous is an epidural steroid injection?

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Dr. William Newton
Pain Management 19 years experience
Very safe: In the right hands by a well qualified pain management physician these injections have a very low complication rate. There is always a risk. If done without sedation, under fluoroscopic guidance and with the appropriate steroids the risks are very low.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is an epidural steroid injection like?

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Dr. Mitchell Zeitler
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Not bad: If you can relax and allow the person doing the procedure walk you through what he/she is doing, then it will be over before you know it. Local anesthetic is injected into the skin with a small needle and then another needle is placed into the epidural space so that anti-inflammatory drug (steroid) is placed near the site causing the nerve root irritation.

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