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Epidural Injection For Bulging Disc
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
Great Question: Unfortunately, there is no good literature to give exact amount of time that a patient might expect to receive relief from any type of epidual steroid injection. Caudals are usually done for spinal stenosis or complex fused spines fo relief of pressure on nerve structures. No two spines are alike. They are like snow flakes and fingerprints and so different are patient responses. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Rarely: There is controversy on this. The neurology literature shows that it is rarely helpful, and then for a very limited time. There are potential complications. Therefore I do not recommend using it to treat disc herniation pain. Orthopedists generally have a different opinion about this topic, and use this treatment more. Bed rest and decompressing the disc help, unless there is motor weakness. ...Read more
Yes, very accurate: Ct guided procedure gives excellent "accuracy" in guiding the needle to the exact location to be injected. The process involves highly trained docs/technicians to get incredible pin-point accuracy. Best of luck if you are undergoing the procedure. ...Read more
Can a person get cervical and thoracic spine pain after a lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection?
Ok, had facet joint injections-thoaracic, after epidurals failed...What is next pain management 4 thoracic spine 6 bulgd disc, help?
Does a caudal epidural steroid injection provide pain relief for compressed disks at l4/l5? For how long?
Possibly: The caudal space is a way of entering the epidural space at a lower level in the back, near the tailbone. Medications such as steroids injected there should be able to reach the l4-5 level. However, it's hard to predict exactly how much pain relief will be achieved or how long it will last. Consult an anesthesiologist or other physician with special training in pain management. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Herniated cervical disc n bulged lumbar disc. Is chiropractor treatment or physiotherapy better? Is traction n spinal manipulation the same?
For how long does a caudal epidural steroid injection provide pain relief for compressed disks at l4/l5?
Depends: Epidural injections have a variable relief pattern and it really depends on the steroid used and location of pathology. Typically epidural injections work best if placed next to or on top of the level of pathology. Caudal epidural injections are several levels below l4/l5 and sometimes may not provide adequate relief. Epidural injections if they work can provide from weeks to months of relief. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No difference: Epidural injections can be done to relieve pain and inflammation from a number of spinal conditions; risks are the same. Tenderness at the injection site is common but doesn't last long. More serious problems such as bleeding, infection, or nerve damage are very rare but possible; these injections should only be done by trained physicians. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lumbar spine-3herniated discs,impigment nerves,buldging discs,central stenosis and facet arthopathy do i need surgery or just injections?
Ok, had facet joint injections-thoaracic, after epidurals failed...What is next pain mang 4 thoracic spine 6 bulgd disc, help, sugg?
Bulging discs: The fact that there are bulging discs, might have nothing to do with your pain. There are lots of people with bulging discs (a normal phenomenon of aging) and no pain at all, and having an image finding with bulging should not lead to you becoming a pin-cushion. There is probably another reason that makes you hurt, and maybe a second opinion with a good physical exam might help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: It can be given in this situation but often times not preferable. The reason being, if the disc situation were to worsen during procedure positioning(ie, someone developes a neurologic deficit) it would be unclear as to what caused the deficit-the epidural or the disc. A laboring pregnant woman may receive an epidural, but the above situation and risks must be understood by patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some basics: Steroid injections allow a focused, higher dose placement of medication directly at the area of need to provide benefit. The medication is used & broken down locally & the amount that enters the general circulation is minimal. When little enters the general circulation there is minimal chance to trigger general side effects like wt gain or water retention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What would happen if i smoked methamphetamine the day of the steroid epidural injection for disc bulging into generation?
I had a epidural injection in my lower back for disc bulge.And after injection some horrible symptoms occur .My genetial is senseles & mental issues?
For the past weeks i've been undergoing therapy for a bulging disc including epidural injections in neck. I feel a knot in my lower back. Any idea?
You may have LS dic: Lumbar and cervical discs often appear in the same patients. Consult your spine doctor. ...Read more
I have a lower back bulging disc around L5.
Been treated with epidural lumbar injection 3 times, no real improvements so far, they want to try the lumbar facet injection, would it work better? Isn't that just for the facet joints? What differs?
ESI: Epidural injections are most useful for situations in which a patient has leg pain from nerve compression. Back pain alone is not a good indication. The effectiveness is greatest if a MRI scan shows evidence of nerve compression or spinal stenosis. A bulging disc is usually a normal finding and not the source of pain, unless a patient has a congenitally narrow spinal canal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Epidural steroid injection for C4C5 bulging disk and nerve pain. March 29 the procedure and been having headaches since , is this normal.
This is not normal: Ruby, it is very unusual for you to have headaches after cervical epidural steroid injection. People with cervical disc problems can often have headaches and I wonder if you had headaches even before injection. If the headaches are worse when you are up but better when you lie down, then you may have spinal fluid leak headache from injection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I have herniated discs in neck and middle back.. Had epidural injection yesterday in neck and wondering if any?
I had an epidural injection 4 days ago for herniated discs L3-S1. Since the day after the injection, I have had more pain than before I had the inject?
Should be ok: I would let your doctor know. Injection of steroid onto nerves in the spinal canal is meant to " soothe" irritated nerves; but sometimes just the act of placing a needle in the canal and injecting can have the reverse affect and make the pain worse. It usually resolves after 3-5 days and then the person might still experience the benefit of the epidural. ...Read more
I have a pretty bad cough, getting an epidural injection in neck for herniated disc. What if i cough during the procedure while asleep?
What if i cough during an epidural injection in my neck. I have c5-c6 herniated disc. This is my 2nd injection but I have bad cough?
Had epidural injection for herniated discs l4/l5...Was told to start walking. My toes are going numb & having spasms in my buttocks. Why is this?
It is may be unrelat: Esi's usually do not produce this problem but may not have reversed all your symptoms caused by the herniated disc. You should be examined by a spine specialist either an orthopedic or neurological surgeon to determine the cause of your problem. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hv herniated disc, severe arm/neck/back pain & ortho has recommended epidural injection b4 phys therapy. Wld like other opinions if inj should be 1st?
How long does a epidural lasts for a herniated disk? Are there any side effects to a epidural injection? Please help l have so much leg pain with back
Variable: The length of relief varies, and some do not get any relief at all. Risks include spinal headache or leak, headache, infection, and nerve injury. The steroid effect is usually a local one, and systemic effects are relatively minimized. However, some can have elevations in blood sugar, as well as some other risks of steroids. You should see a surgeon if you aren't getting better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does a herniated disk at L5 s1 ever go away without having a epidural injection? Why does my ankle hurt so much on the right side of the disk
Yes it does!: Lots of people live not knowing they have 1. Also if some1 has pain and 1 is found, pain attributed to it. Surgery doesn't always helpi have patients who got rid of even foot drops with yoga and or rehab. Pain is just your body telling you you are doing something wrong, and at that point it is often reversible if you listen. Yes it cd go away, but what you really need is have it silent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does a epidural injection for low back pain L5 s1 disk herniated usually help in patients? What is the procedure for having a epidural injection?
Yes: It can work. In my experience 50% of patients do very well and the other half only partially helped.The procedure involves injecting meds in the epidural space which is inside the spinal canal but outside the sac which contains the nerves and spinal fluid, it is done either by feel or using x-ray guidance. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Epideral did not go well he put it and would not go in he keept pushing and pushing had to try anothere spot. I have bulging disc is it from that?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more
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