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Could A Cervical Epidural Injection Have Caused My Syringomyelia
Very rare: Syringomyelia from an epidural injection has been reported but typically you would have signs of spinal cord injury directly after the injection (eg., numbness, weakness, or bowel/bladder problems). In my experience I have never seen such a case but it has been reported in the medical literature on a very rare basis. ...Read more
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
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 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?
Why is it that having a cervical epidural injection I am not able to move my neck in the down motion or tilting my neck to the side?. Decreased motion
Needs an exam: It is not uncommon for some patients who have an epidural injection to have some increased pain the first day of the injection due to the added volume of the injected fluid around an already tight space. However, complications of the injection can present initially as increased pain and loss of motion as well. Please call the doctor who did the injections and be seen, so you can be evaluated. ...Read more
What is usually done for C5 C6 cervical radiculopathy in the neck? I did have an epidural injection how long do they take to work?
You are on the path: Epidural injections are the next step when time, physical therapy, and oral medications have failed. It can take several days for the injections to start making a difference and sometimes takes several injections to achieve significant pain relief. If the injections fail talk to a spine specialist about other options. ...Read more
No: That is not a usual side efffect. ...Read more
Can annular tear and a central protrusion at L4-L5 can cause increased tingling after epidural injection?
Possible: But uncommonGet a more detailed answer ›
I just had an epidural injection and now have a razor like pain in my left shoulder blade what could it be?
Pain after epidural : This depends on location of epidural. If in lower back it is not a likely source. If it was a cervical (neck) epidural it may be the problem. The medications used in an epidural for back pain can temporarily irritate the affected nerves. This usually resolves. The other source of pain can be trauma to a nerve during the injection. This will also usually resolve but ask the doctor that did it. ...Read more
Epidural: For temporary relief of low back & sciatic pain. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on cause of back pain. If you have pain from lumbar facet joints, the epidural will have almost no effect on your back pain. If the pain shoots down a leg or two and is from a disk herniation, you have a good chance the pain will go away for a while (a week to a year). If you also do physical therapy, there may be even more chance of improvement. Talk to your doctor and good luck. ...Read more
5 min: Not sure what you mean. The injection is to calm down pain/inflammation at the various levels using a steroid as the anti-inflammatory. You should start feeling better in a day or so if the injection was done properly and you have a condition that is conducive to this type of therapy. ...Read more
What can be done for a pinched nerve in the neck? Is an epidural injection helpful? If so how does it help? Please help
I had an epidural injection in the neck. Is it normal not to be able to bend the neck down and to look to the left injection atc7 t1? Please help
Maybe: It is normal to have some neck tightness/soarness for about 1-3 days after the injection. Much after that I would not expect those symptoms. ...Read more
Epidural injection. The meds came from the hosp pharm to doctor that administered it, whose duty to report if med recalled after? Hosp or doctor?
I had a neck epidural injection 2 weeks ago. Why does it still hurt where the injection was given?it was given at C6 c7. Is that usually where given?
Yes: That is where the injection usually is given. It's not that unusual to still have some soreness at the injection site. It should be easing up though. If not, contact the physician that administered the injection. ...Read more
Had epidural injection a couple months ago been having a lot of pain just below in between my shoulder blades and really hard to pick up my head witho?
Ans: Well I think you need to return to your doctor. Sounds like a neck issue which I presume is why you got the shot. Better be rechecked ...Read more
Different Areas: Facet injections are used for typical whiplash and arthritic pain that emanates from the facet joint in the spine which is in the back of spine. The epidural steroid injection can help with the same, however typically is used to treat the spinal nerve pain that is due to spinal stenosis or herniated disk that is pinching the exiting spinal nerve(s) which is in the front of spine area. ...Read more
Is there anything a patient should NOT do b4 getting a spinal epidural injection(chronic pain) that could make it so the dr couldn't do the procedure?
Depends.: Follow the instructions given beforehand for the procedure. Obviously, don't drink alcohol or use recreational drugs. Other limitations may be given, depending on how immediately it needs to be done. Check with the doc who ordered it or with the doc who is going to do it to be clear on this. In an emergency situation, the requirements are different. ...Read more
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
Possibly: It is possible to have some soreness but excessive pain could be due to infection. Please contact your physician. ...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 whose 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 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 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 more
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
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
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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