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A 31-year-old member asked:

Will my medications affect my epidural steroid injection?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Probably no: You do not list your meds but i would make sure the doctor knows all of your meds before the injection. I would doubt any problem unless you are on blood thinners.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Only blood thinner: Only medications that "thin" your blood are an issue. These must be avoided prior to an esi.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Generally no: Most medications are Ok. However, some NSAIDs and blood thinners need to be stopped before the injection to decrease risk of bleeding.

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A 77-year-old female asked:

Will epidural steroid injection help a sciata nurve?

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Dr. Alessandra Bertolucci
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Might: Steroid will decrease the inflammation in the area of injection and if this is your problem causing the sciatica then will be very helpful.
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Agree in theory. Unfortunately, medical science has failed to prove exactly why these injections work. Or why Lidocaine (which only lasts 2 hours) has similar long-term results in some studies... I still recommend them and perform them, as they do help.
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