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Arthritis And Epidural Injection
A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more
ESI: An epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive procedure that delivers steroids via a needle directly into the epidural space to help reduce inflammation. The steroid is absorbed and metabolized within few weeks. However, the pain relief might extend beyond this time frame. Prolonged pain relief is presumed to result from a reduction in an inflammatory process. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Treats back pain: Injection of steroids in the epidural space have been used for decades to treat low back and/or leg pain. The caudal approach means that the medications are introduced into the spinal canal near the tailbone and fluid is used to push the medication up to where it is needed. It is most often used to treat pain from disc herniation or spinal stenosis. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Well: Technically no difference, they are probably the same. However, if the cortisone injection is not done under an x-ray machine (fluoroscopic c-arm) then it could be that the cortisone injection may be just that an injection into the muscle like a trigger point injection. Speak with your doctor to get clarity about what you will be getting. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mri: The liquid given could show up and confuse with possible blood from injection Read more
When getting a epidural injection for pain will it have any effect on an MRI if done after epidural?
What is a cervical interlaminar epidural injection? Is this a safe procedure? How long is the side effects last?
CES: A procedure where a needle is placed between the bones of the spine entering carefully the epidural space. Usually it is quite straight forward if done by a seasoned MD - do not have this done under any sedation - you will get ample local. Side effects usually not seen but may include increased pain for a few days, facial flushing - these will improve. Know the risks before you have it. Read more
I had a neck epidural injection but now I have a stiff neck not able to look down. Why is that? I had it done 4 days ago.
Neck inflammation: Epidural injection in the neck, like any other invasive procedure, has side effects which include some inflammation in the region due to mechanical procedure. Depending in the underlying condition requiring the procedure, u can use OTC anti inflammatory agents and consult your doctor if you don't improve by or develop additional symptoms like fever headache and blurred vision. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I have herniated discs in neck and middle back. Had epidural injection yesterday in neck and wondering if any?
Can fluoroscopy of epidural injection be put on a CD that was done over a year ago? Or do those images not exist because it is a live x-ray?
Yes-: If images were saved. You will have to sign a release form. Some places will charge a fee for the disc. Call the hospital or office where procedure was performed. Read more
I am having a cervical interlaminar epidural injection and was told to take 5 mg of Valium 30 minutes before the and 5 mg 5 min before is this normal?
Epidural injections treat either acute or chronic pain. The most common epidural injections are to treat labor pain and usually include an indwelling catheter that provides continuous treatment until the baby is delivered. The medicine is a local anesthetic +/- opiod.
Epidural injections also include single shot injections to treat chronic back pain. These usually include the use of steroids. Read more
Maybe: You've indicated you're 80 years old with history of liver transplant. You have to weigh risks against benefits of a procedure. The risk of infection or epidural abscess is greater in someone who's immune suppressed. If the cause of your pain is mechanical compression due to extensive spine degeneration epidural may help but for a very short while. I would look into medications such as gabapentin. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually nothing: Allthough it is not truly necessary most epidurals today are done with the patient sedated. Accordingly coughing is not an issue. If however you did cough the danger would be based on what type of epidural you were receiving and where the needle tip was. In most cases it would not matter. In some cases you could end up with a bad headache and in some cases you might damage the spinal cord. Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Is it absolutely necessary to have an epidural injection for inflammation or can time un-pinch a nerve?
Epidural injections treat either acute or chronic pain. The most common epidural injections are to treat labor pain and usually include an indwelling catheter that provides continuous treatment until the baby is delivered. The medicine is a local anesthetic +/- opiod. Epidural injections also include single shot injections to treat chronic back pain. These usually include ...Read more
The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more
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