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Doctor insights on: Birth Defects From Epidural Steroid Injections

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Are there any birth defects that may come from epidural steroid injections for degenerative disc disease?

Are there any birth defects that may come from epidural steroid injections for degenerative disc disease?

Are you pregnant?: If not, then there are no birth defects associated with such injections. If you are, then the fluoroscopic guidance would be a risk to the developing fetus. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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


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When do you need epidural steroid injections?

When do you need epidural steroid injections?

Only when you: are still in pain from sciatica due to a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or even facet arthropathy after completing a round of conservative care. This typically means you have tried medications, exercise, therapy and no help to your pain has been attained during that time. ...Read more

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What medical issues could arise after repeated epidural steroid injections?

What medical issues could arise after repeated epidural steroid injections?

See below: Epidurals are often used to help relieve pain from an inflammed disc or pinched nerve. It's probably ideal to limit steroid injections to 3 per year as too much sterid can lead to osteoporosis or hormonal imbalances. Steroids can also increase blood sugar levels if your a diabetic. ...Read more

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What is recommended if lumbar epidural steroid injections don't work?

What is recommended if lumbar epidural steroid injections don't work?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Does epidural steroid injections injected in the same place as the epidural analgesia?Have same risks?

Does epidural steroid injections injected in the same place as the epidural analgesia?Have same risks?

Yes: It is the same procedure with the same risks. There are additional risks with the steroids this time though. Discuss them with your physician. ...Read more

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My mom is about to have epidural steroid injections in her back for bulging discs. What are the side effects?

My mom is about to have epidural steroid injections in her back for bulging discs. What are the side effects?

Usually minimal if: If given in the proper setting, minimal unless diabetic (elevate blood sugars) or have been on steroids chronically affecting horomonal balance. Local soreness or flush sensation/redness of skin can occur. Rarely, aseptic necrosis of bone can occur. A possible spinal headache or aseptic or chemical meningitis. Local soreness at the injection site is transient. Rarely, nerve or cord injury. ...Read more

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Is a rare side effect of epidural steroid injections the feeling that all your muscles were shot with novocaine?

Local: Often times a local anesthetic is added to the steroid injection which can cause some motor (muscle) weakness and sense of numbness usually bellow the site of the injection. A way that all your muscles would feel weak or numb is if some of that local anesthetic went into the subdural space. ...Read more

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What are epidural steroid injections used to treat?

What are epidural steroid injections used to treat?

Epidural Pain Relief: Results in decreased Inflammation around the spinal nerve roots and Increased return to activity level as your body is healing from a herniated disk, spinal stenosis or even facet arthropathy. ...Read more

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What are the common risks of epidural steroid injections?

What are the common risks of epidural steroid injections?

Like Any Other Inj: The worse part of an epidural injection is typically the local anesthetic administered to numb the skin. After that the needle typically feels like pressure. However as the needle enters the spinal canal or around the nerve root there can be some pain that is transient. Complications can be bleeding, infection, nerve damage and paralysis, but these are extremely rare. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Birth Defects (Definition)

Birth defects is a term for structural or functional abnormalities that a baby is be born with. These defects can be the result of genetic mutations or external insults to the developing fetus, such ...Read more


Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Congenital Abnormalities (Definition)

Congenital abnormalities, commonly known as "birth defects," are structural conditions that are present from birth. Common abnormalities include limb or facial malformations, but may ...Read more