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Does an epidural injection in the lumbar or cervical spine for pain cause weight gain?

Does an epidural injection in the lumbar or cervical spine for pain cause weight gain?

Very rarely: The medication used is some type of steroid. A single dose is unlikely to cause weight gain, though frequent and repeated doses may in some cases. ...Read more

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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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I just learned i might have cervical cancer. Can this cause weight gain? I have gained lots of weight the last few months.

I just learned i might have cervical cancer. Can this cause weight gain? I have gained lots of weight the last few months.

Cervical cancer: What do you mean by you might have? Did you have a biopsy that confirmed the diagnosis of cervical cancer? Weight gain can be caused by different things- like depression, hypothyroidism, edema/water retention due to different reasons, or simply increasing intake and being inactive can also increase your weight. Go to see pmd and get yourself checked and check your thyroid function. ...Read more

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Would an epidural in my lower back cause weight gain, due to the steroid in the medication?

Would an epidural in my lower back cause weight gain, due to the steroid in the medication?

Steroid: One dose of steroid won't affect your weight gain. More importantly the steroid may not be controlling your back pain and you need a follow-up visit with the doctor taking care of back pain. If you are gaining wait you need to go on a diet. ...Read more

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What can cause my husband's left leg numbness after cervical spine surgery and lumbar spinal injections?

What can cause my husband's left leg numbness after cervical spine surgery and lumbar spinal injections?

Leg numbness: The location of numbness is important to document and also the type of cervical surgery. If he had posterior surgery, the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve can be compressed due to the prone position and numbness can occur along the lateral thigh. Nerve injury is a potential for any spinal injection but extremely rare. ...Read more

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Could a cervical epidural injection have caused my syringomyelia?

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

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What causes pancreatitis? Can it be caused by an infection after varicose vein ablation, a lumbar epidural injection, multiple prescribed meds?

What causes pancreatitis? Can it be caused by an infection after varicose vein ablation, a lumbar epidural injection, multiple prescribed meds?

Pancreatitis : most common is alcoholism. Also gullbladder dissease with stones in the common duct can cause it. An ERCP can cause it. Certain Medication. And scorpion bite. ...Read more

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Cancer: Possible that newly diagnosed cancer was caused by infection from a deep muscle varicose vein ablation or lumbar epidural injection 2 months a?

Cancer: Possible that newly diagnosed cancer was caused by infection from a deep muscle varicose vein ablation or lumbar epidural injection 2 months a?

Unlikely: unrelated to those items. Smoking, inhalation, or family history could be related. If epidural done for pain, makes me wonder if subtle cancer was already present? Where, and what kind? ...Read more

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Can a person get cervical and thoracic spine pain after a lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection?

Yes: It is not that common but can be seen. The pain should be transient and short lived. If worsening, accompanied by headaches, fevers, weakness in the extremities, the doctor should be notified immediately. ...Read more

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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more


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Epidural (Definition)

Epidural injections are used for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. They are frequently used for chronic pain management, labour pain and for surgeries as postoperative pain control or as a primary anesthetic. Complications are rare: allergic reactions, wrong drug administration, infection, nerve damage, headache, death, total spinal ...Read more


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