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Dr. Arthur Balin
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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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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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Will an Epidural Steroid Injection for herniated disc (l4-l5) cause any weight gain or any other serious side effect? (20 year old college athlete)

Potentially: The systemic effects of the steroid in an epidural injection are usually much lower than when taken orally, but they can still happen including weight gain, elevating blood glucose, and immune suppression to name a few. ...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 comes first the MRI or the epidural injection?

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

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How long does epidural injection work for back pain?

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How long does epidural injection work for back pain?

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

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What do I need to know about a caudal epidural injection?

What do I need to know about a  caudal epidural injection?

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

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What should I expect after getting a caudal epidural injection?

What should I expect after getting  a caudal epidural injection?

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

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Any tips? What should I expect after a caudal epidural injection?

Any tips? What should I expect after a caudal epidural injection?

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

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Dr. Ira Katz
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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


Dr. Michael Rothman
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Weight Gain (Definition)

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be a result of increases to muscle mass, increases in body fat, or increases in body fluids like water. Occasionally, weight gain can be a symptom of ...Read more