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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Epidural Injection (Overview)

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.


Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
4 doctors shared insights

Epidural Injection (Overview)

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.


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How long will it take for an epidural injection to work?

How long will it take for an epidural injection to work?

Usually 3-4 days: However it can take up to 10-14 days in some people to get relief from an epidural steroid injection. I would consider at least a second injection if you are getting some relief. if no significant relief after 2 injections, you need to have the doctor look at other options (radio frequency) or even possibly surgery as well. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: epidural injection?

Pain treatment: 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

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Would it be healthy to hurt from an epidural injection the next day?

Would it be healthy to hurt from an epidural injection the next day?

Sometimes you can: Have a burning sensation from the steroid before it takes effect and if the epidural was difficult might be temporary soreness. ...Read more

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Is it normal to hurt from an epidural injection the next couple of days?

Possibly: It is possible to have some soreness but excessive pain could be due to infection. Please contact your physician. ...Read more

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Can an epidural injection help syatica?

Can an epidural injection help syatica?

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 who's 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

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What if i cough during an epidural injection?

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

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Is it absolutely necessary to have an epidural injection for inflammation or can time un-pinch a nerve?

Not absolutely : There are a few treatments that "absolutely necessary" such as life-saving or organ-saving ones. If epidural streriod injection was rightfully indicated it may expedite recovery. ...Read more

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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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When does someone need a lumbar epidural injection?

Epidural: For temporary relief of low back & sciatic pain. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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