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Arthritis And Epidural Injection
Please help! what is the difference between a facet block and an epidural injection for back pain relief?
Different: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate, therefore a facet joint injection is into that place where they meet. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. Epidural injections are into the spinal canal area or around the spinal nerve roots exiting the spine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Usually 3-4 days: However it can take up to 10-14 days in some people to get relief from an epidural steroid injection. I would consider at least a second injection if you are getting some relief. if no significant relief after 2 injections, you need to have the doctor look at other options (radio frequency) or even possibly surgery as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pain treatment: 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: It is possible to have some soreness but excessive pain could be due to infection. Please contact your physician. ...Read more
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 2 more doctor answers
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
Is it absolutely necessary to have an epidural injection for inflammation or can time un-pinch a nerve?
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?
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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