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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Epidural Steroid Injection (Definition)

Steroid type medication done under a local anesthesia with or without IV sedation in a sterile setting either with or without fliuroscopic or x-ray guidance into space below the lamina but above the dura or lining of the nerve tissue of the spine with the needle passing through natural openings between the lamina given for pain relief due to inflammation from a disc ...Read more


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Are muscle cramps (particularly in the legs) normal after epidural steroid injection? If so, how long will they last?

Are muscle cramps (particularly in the legs) normal after epidural steroid injection?  If so, how long will they last?

Normal: If it does not resolve in a week, call your doctor to see what options you may have regarding this increased pain. Although uncommon, it can happen and usually will go away on its own in a few days. ...Read more

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How long do side effects last from a depo medrol 80mg cervical epidural steroid injection? I have had severe anxiety for 5 weeks now since this inj!

How long do side effects last from a depo medrol 80mg cervical epidural steroid injection? I have had severe anxiety for 5 weeks now since this inj!

That's very rare: Steroids can make individuals feel jittery, anxious, hyper, etc. but usually only for a few days after an injection. Time to see a primary care physician to further address these issues. ...Read more

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How long does the epidural steroid injection take to start working when given for epditimitis?

How long does the epidural steroid injection take to start working when given for epditimitis?

7-10 days: For the effects of the steroid medication to take effect and it may be up to 7-10 days before the maximum benefits are achieved. Very often more than 1 injection is necessary to achieve a good level of pain relief and healing. ...Read more

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I was told 1 epidural steroid injection can last a lifetime? True? Another doc told me 2 months.

I was told 1 epidural steroid injection can last a lifetime? True? Another doc told me 2 months.

No injection lasts a: Lifetime. Epidural steroid injections can reduce or eliminate inflammatory reaction that is the source of the pain which may or may not recur depending on the initial cause or etiology. For example, most herniated discs get better, so after the injection, your body is healing while the steroid is controlling the inflammation. It is a matter of timing ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for an epidural steroid injection to alleviate the pain of a herniated disk?

Steroid injection: It usually takes a few days for the steroid to be effective. There is a wide variation on the response to this injection & symptom relief. The duration of relief also varies. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for an epidural steroid injection to alleviate a herniated disk to take effect?

Steroid injection: The steroid injection takes a few days to be effective. The level of relief depends on the severity of your conditions. The duration also varies. ...Read more

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For how long does it usually take for an epidural steroid injection to alleviate a herniated disk to take effect?

For how long does it usually take for an epidural steroid injection to alleviate a herniated disk to take effect?

Tricky: An epidural steroid injection may provide immediate relief just after the procedure if a numbing medication is mixed with the steroid; this will wear off in 3-4 hours typically. The steroid takes 2-4 days to kick in, but some people don't notice it for over a week. You may get partial relief or it may be excellent, but come right back and another epidural may be needed. ...Read more

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How long does a caudal epidural steroid injection provide pain relief for compressed disks?

How long does a caudal epidural steroid injection provide pain relief for compressed disks?

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 more

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How long does one epidural steroid injection provide sciatica pain relief?

Steroid injection: Every patient is different. Some respond to one and some need more than one injection. Main thing is that you are evaluated after the injection. ...Read more

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For how long does a caudal epidural steroid injection provide pain relief for compressed disks at l4/l5?

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 more

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Does a caudal epidural steroid injection provide pain relief for compressed disks at l4/l5? For how long?

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 more

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Had caudal epidural steroid injection (with ketamine) for CRPS left foot. Relief for 7 days- will dr consider 2nd injection for prolonged relief?

Had caudal epidural steroid injection (with ketamine) for CRPS left foot. Relief for 7 days- will dr consider 2nd injection for prolonged relief?

Lumbar sympath blk: I would suggest a series of lumbar sympathetic blocks without steroid. If these fail ketamine infusions may help. A spinal cord stimulator may also be an answer. ...Read more

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What is an epidural steroid injection like?

Small But Real Risk: Epidural injections are typically very routine, injections done under x-ray guidance without anesthetic. However, they are not without risk (i.e. Recent meningitis outbreak). Research shows that esis are effective only for a pinched nerve from herniated disk and correlating symptoms. Absent of both these conditions, there is not proven benefit>inherent risks. Esis have become highly overutilized. ...Read more

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Who should get an epidural steroid injection?

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Who should get an epidural steroid injection?

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. It is indicated for patient with radicular pain, but can be effective for other conditions as well. ...Read more

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How dangerous is an epidural steroid injection?

Varies: When done in the right hands, by certified doctors, and epidural injection should not pose undue danger. Working with the neck is somewhat more complex than the low back. Of course anytime you "stick" a needle in anyone anywhere there are risks. The main one always being infection. ...Read more

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Can i get a reverse epidural steroid injection?

Reverse??: I'm not sure what a reverse epidural is. Epidural steroids are injected in the spine to lessen inflamation and thereby provide pain relief. I have never heard one referred to as "reverse". ...Read more

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What are epidural steroid injection complications?

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ESI complication: The potential risks associated with epidural steroid injection include spinal headache from a dural puncture, bleeding, infection, allergic reaction, and nerve damage / paralysis. Corticosteroid side effects may cause weight gain, water retention, hot flashes, mood swings or insomnia, and elevated blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. ...Read more

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What are some benefits of an epidural steroid injection?

Improvement: Epidural steroids are typically used to treat pain in the neck or back. The reason behind the treatment is to help reduce inflammation or swelling that is contributing to the symptoms of pain or numbness. Although not everyone feels better after an epidural steroid injection, many patients experience significant lessening of their pain. The injection may need to be repeated more than once. ...Read more

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How is an epidural steroid injection typically performed?

How is an epidural steroid injection typically performed?

It varies!: An epidural injection may be performed anywhere along the full length of the spine. It will usually be placed near the source of the pain or numbness: in the upper spine for neck pain, or the lower spine for back pain. In a pain clinic, sedation will sometimes be given to help with any discomfort. X-ray may be used for very precise positioning of the needle. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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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. Gregg Albers
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Steroids (Definition)

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