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A 35-year-old female asked:

Why was my epidural steroid injection so painful? this was my second one and the first one was no pain. this one was as bad as labor. shooting pains down my leg?

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 55 years experience
Performing an epidural for anesthesia or for steroid injection can carry a risk of the needle hitting the spinal cord, which sends reactive pain from the nerves incidentally stimulated into lower abdomen and extremities. See the physician who performed the procedure for guidance if the symptoms persist.
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