Top
40
Doctor insights on: Do Epidural Steroid Injections Cause You To Gain Weight

Share
1

1
Do epidural steroid injections cause you to gain weight?

Do epidural steroid injections cause you to gain weight?

Possibly: Weight gain is usually from you eating more (steroids can cause you to be hungry), water weight gain (usually self limiting) and possible fat deposition if your own steroid production is halted (again self limited and takes more than one injection). There is no muscle growth that takes place, these are not those type of steroids. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
2 Doctors shared insights

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


2

2
Will epidural steroid injections cause harm to my bones or having any adverse long term effects to my body?

Will epidural steroid injections cause harm to my bones or having any adverse long term effects to my body?

No, usually: We had a recent problem with a pharmacy that provided us with a very bad batch of steroids.Drs had no idea and were blind-sided when patients developed infections.
If this is a last resort for very severe pain, it is a recommended treatment. ...Read more

3

3
Could epidural steroid injections for back pain cause bone deterioration?

Could epidural steroid injections for back pain cause bone deterioration?

Yes and No: Osteoporosis after any sort of steroid exposure can occur. Usually this requires repeated chronic long term exposure after several years. Based on your age, unless you have previous exposure to oral steroids or have had significant exposure to epidural steroid injections I would not be too concerned yet. ...Read more

4

4
Can epidural steroid injections for back pain cause bone deterioration?

Steroid: Too much steroid can cause osteoporosis no matter where it is placed. Oral, IV or epidural steroid may increase chance of osteoporosis. The amount of steroid used in epidural injection for a herniated disk is less than the amount of steroid consumed as a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack taken orally to treat the same symptoms. Generally, though, we do not recommend more than 3 steroid injections in 6 months. ...Read more

6

6
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

7

7
What are epidural steroid injections used for?

What are epidural steroid injections used for?

Spinal Conditions: Many spinal conditions will respond to epidural steroid injection such as sciatica, degenerative disc disease, bulging, protruding, extruded discs which are disturbing spinal neural structures. The body has the inherent ability to cure itself given time. Steroids simply reduce inflammation around the neural structures, reduce pain, in order for time for you body to heal. ...Read more

8

8
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

9

9
When do people generally get epidural steroid injections?

When do people generally get epidural steroid injections?

4-6 weeks: Initially the symptoms last 4-6 weeks and if your body heals like it supposed to then pain relief starts. However disc herniations which are the cause of majority of sciatica symptoms last for 6-9 months and therefore people can have pain during that time as well. If not better after 6 weeks see a spine specialist to evaluate this further. Try core exercise s first, check youtube or see PT. ...Read more

10

10
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

11

11
How much pain is involved with getting epidural steroid injections?

How much pain is involved with getting epidural steroid injections?

Minimal: Everybody has a different tolerance for pain. Epidurals should not be horribly painful. If done with sedation patients often don't recall the epidural at all. Without sedation patients will feel a little stick and a burn usually followed by some pressure. Certain types of epidurals known as transforaminal epidurals may cause pain to temporarily radiate down the leg during the epidural. ...Read more

12

12
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

13

13
I have heard of epidural steroid injections for back and neck pain, what is that?

I have heard of epidural steroid injections for back and neck pain, what is that?

Pain shots: An epidural steroid injection in the neck or back allows for administration of steroids (anti inflammatory) into an area near irritated nerve roots and/or bulging disks. ...Read more

14

14
Long term effects from epidural steroid injections?

Pain relief: On the positive side the effect would be less pain and greater quality of life. Long term adverse effects are minimal. ...Read more

15

15
What are some long term effects of epidural steroid injections?

What are some long term effects of epidural steroid injections?

Several: Multiple epidural steroid injections over the long term can result in:
1. Scar tissue surrounding the nerve sac (the dura) which can sometimes lead to spinal fluid leak with headaches
2. Higher risk of infection, bleeding
3. Avascular necrosis of the hips (the hip bone loses blood supply which can lead to premature arthritis)
4. Increased blood sugar (especially in diabetics). ...Read more

17

17
For what length of time do side effects of epidural steroid injections last?

Vary...: Epidural steroid injection is usually given with mixing some local anesthetics as a part of pain management for spinal disorders. How long the post-injection soreness may last may highly vary depending on the pace of local tissue healing process. Personal experience may help such understanding, but the course of post-injection sore still varies from time to time.

Ask your doctor for detailing... ...Read more

19

19
What are some of the rare side effects of epidural steroid injections that last more than 10months?

Let me listing: Infection. Severe infections are rare, occurring in 0.1% to 0.01% of injections.
A dural puncture occurs in 0.5% of injections.

Nerve damage last long time
localized increase in pain
non-positional headaches resolving within 24 hours
facial flushing
anxiety
sleeplessness
fever the night of injection
high blood sugar
stomach ulcer
avascular necrosis of hip joint (last long)
cataracts. ...Read more

21

21
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

22

22
How should you prepare for epidural steroid injections for back and leg pain?

How should you prepare for epidural steroid injections for back and leg pain?

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

23

23
If epidural steroid injections don't fatten people, then why are there so many reports of this side effect on forums (spine health, pain. Etc)?

Your choice: There are multiple sites online, and many different opinions about medical facts, but only a few sites like health tap, where you can count on accurate and timely information. So, it is your choice who to believe. But epidural steroids do not cause weight gain. However, chronic steroid usage does! ...Read more

24

24
I have been a long time back pain sufferer. Epidural steroid injections worked for over 8 years. Would you recommend another series of injections?

See your doctor: Based on your history, it sounds like you may benefit from another series of epidurals. Before embarking down this treatment path, however, you would benefit from re-evaluation from a physician to determine the exact cause of your current pain and its suitability to epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

25

25
Can malignant hyperthermia occur secondary to epidural steroid injections?

Can malignant hyperthermia occur secondary to epidural steroid injections?

No: Not unless you received general anesthesia for placement of the epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

26

26
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

27

27
If epidural steroid injections do not work to relieve neck pain, what would be the next step?

If epidural steroid injections do not work to relieve neck pain, what would be the next step?

Consult Pain Doctor: Many options are available for both surgical and non- surgical management of neck pain. Talk to your pain doctor and see if together you can work out a treatment plan for you. The surgical option is another option that can be explored with a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

28

28
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

30

30
What is the difference btw using celestone (betamethasone) or depot Medrol (methylprednisolone) for epidural steroid injections?

Chemical Structure: Among physiatrists, anesthesiologist and other pain physicians, both of these steroids have a unique, and sometimes, interchangeable place in pain blocks depending on anatomical considerations (lumbar, cervical, transforaminal, etc.). Ask your physician what he/she is comfortable using, and why....They'll love the question! ...Read more

31

31
I receved an epidural steroid injections for my L4 & l45 herniated bulging discs. Is there any side affects from, and how long will they releive the p?

Not much: The steroids can cause usual steroid advers reactions, such as elevation of your blood glucose temporarily, but otherwise esi are very well tolerated. As to how long it lasts, that depends on the patient. Some will last for weeks, and some months. ...Read more

33

33
Is a rare side effect of epidural steroid injections the feeling that all your muscles were shot with novocaine?

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

34

34
How often do epidural steroid injections produce prolonged muscle wasting/weakness >10 months?

They shouldn't: It is more likely that the cause of the weakness and muscle wasting is the reason you got the injection on the first place. You should follow up with your neurologist. ...Read more

35

35
Why recommend epidural steroid injections for severe lower back pain when patient is scared of them after recent deaths from contamination?

Scientific studies: Epidural injections have a proven track record of successfully treating many pain conditions when performed by experienced physicians on appropriately selected patients. The recent outbreaks of fungal meningitis were traced to a small number of compounding pharmacies and represent a very small percentage of the total number of epidurals performed each year in the United States. ...Read more

36

36
Are epidural steroid injections, si joint, and radiofrequency ablation dangerous if given for years?

Are epidural steroid injections, si joint, and radiofrequency ablation dangerous if given for years?

Yes and No: Osteoporosis after any sort of steroid exposure can occur. Usually this requires repeated chronic long term exposure after several years. Based on your age, unless you have previous exposure to oral steroids or have had significant exposure to epidural steroid injections I would not be too concerned yet. ...Read more

38

38
If I have herniated cervical Spine and herniated lumbar spine, do I need two epidural steroid injections? In so much pain.

Probably: An epidural steroid injection is just one of many potential options in treatment for disc Herniations in the cervical and lumbar spine. But epidural steroid injections are pretty specific, delivering the medication ideally right where it needs to go; as such, an epidural steroid injection in the back will not typically help a herniation in the neck and so you would likely need two injections. ...Read more

39

39
I have herniated disc l5-s1, getting epidural steroid injections. Will it help with weakness and numbness or does it only help pain?

I have herniated disc l5-s1, getting epidural steroid injections. Will it help with weakness and numbness or does it only help pain?

Hard to say: Once inflammation is removed, then if your weakness and numbness improve it will help. Typically though weakness suggests significant compression on the nerve and that may take time to return. Numbness also in my experience is the last thing to improve from nerve injuries or compression. ...Read more

40

40
Had 2 epidural steroid injections a few hours ago on the left side at L4/5 and L5/S1. My left foot was numb initially, but it went away. Now my foot feels like it's asleep again, and it isn't going away. Do I need to be concerned about this?

Call pain doc: Without knowing the original reason for injections or other health status, hard to say why the numbness returned. Call the injecting doc as soon as possible, report this event and learn the recommended plan ...Read more

Dr. Foead Geula
2,289 Doctors shared insights

Steroids (Definition)

Many children with croup need prescription medications. Often steroids can ...Read more