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A 25-year-old female asked:

Is a rare side effect of epidural steroid injections the feeling that all your muscles were shot with novocaine?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Noel Chun
Pain Management 38 years experience
Steroid Psycosis: Sometimes exposure to steroids can cause mental disturbance which can manifest in a variety of ways. The treatment is supportive. The symptoms are time-limited. The most prominent symptom constellation to appear some time during the course of the illness consisted of emotional lability, anxiety, distractibility, pressured speech, sensory flooding, insomnia, depression, perplexity, agitation, audit.
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Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
Anesthesiology 23 years experience
Local: Often times a local anesthetic is added to the steroid injection which can cause some motor (muscle) weakness and sense of numbness usually bellow the site of the injection. A way that all your muscles would feel weak or numb is if some of that local anesthetic went into the subdural space.
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Last updated Nov 6, 2018


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