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What comes first the MRI or the epidural injection?

What comes first the MRI or the epidural injection?

Depends: Mri of the spine may be used to diagnose cause of pain or radiculopathy (neurologic symptoms). Epidural injection may be for pain relief, medication injection or certain diagnostic procedures. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis 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


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How long does epidural injection work for back pain?

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How long does epidural injection work for back pain?

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 more

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What do I need to know about a caudal epidural injection?

What do I need to know about a  caudal epidural injection?

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 more

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What should I expect after getting a caudal epidural injection?

What should I expect after getting  a caudal epidural injection?

Pain relief: can be variable but starts improving after 3-4 days and can take up to 10-14 days to provide the most relief. Sometimes you need a second injection to get improved long lasting relief from the pain you suffer. ...Read more

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Any tips? What should I expect after a caudal epidural injection?

Any tips? What should I expect after a caudal epidural injection?

Pain relief: can be variable but starts improving after 3-4 days and can take up to 10-14 days to provide the most relief. Sometimes you need a second injection to get improved long lasting relief from the pain you suffer. ...Read more

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I think i had a bad steroid epidural injection. What would be signs to look for?

I think i had a bad steroid epidural injection. What would be signs to look for?

Why do you say that?: Complications can be bleeding, infection, nerve damage and paralysis, but these are extremely rare. You will notice fever, increased pain, weakness, headaches so if you have any of these symptoms you might need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a cortisone shot and a epidural injection for pain?

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 more

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When getting a epidural injection for pain will it have any effect on an MRI if done after epidural?

Yes: In epidural procedure medications are injected in your spine. It will take some time (few days) for these medication to be absorbed by your body. During this time it will show up in the MRI scan. Once the medication is absorbed completely it will not affect MRI scan though. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Epidural Injection (Definition)

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


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Epidural (Definition)

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