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How should you prepare for epidural steroid injections for back and leg pain?

How should you prepare for epidural steroid injections for back and leg pain?

Like Any Other Inj: The worse part of an epidural injection is typically the local anesthetic administered to numb the skin. After that the needle typically feels like pressure. However as the needle enters the spinal canal or around the nerve root there can be some pain that is transient. Complications can be bleeding, infection, nerve damage and paralysis, but these are extremely rare. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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


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I have heard of epidural steroid injections for back and neck pain, what is that?

I have heard of epidural steroid injections for back and neck pain, what is that?

Pain shots: An epidural steroid injection in the neck or back allows for administration of steroids (anti inflammatory) into an area near irritated nerve roots and/or bulging disks. ...Read more

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Can epidural steroid injections for back pain cause bone deterioration?

Can epidural steroid injections for back pain cause bone deterioration?

Steroid: Too much steroid can cause osteoporosis no matter where it is placed. Oral, IV or epidural steroid may increase chance of osteoporosis. The amount of steroid used in epidural injection for a herniated disk is less than the amount of steroid consumed as a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack taken orally to treat the same symptoms. Generally, though, we do not recommend more than 3 steroid injections in 6 months. ...Read more

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Could epidural steroid injections for back pain cause bone deterioration?

Could epidural steroid injections for back pain cause bone deterioration?

Yes and No: Osteoporosis after any sort of steroid exposure can occur. Usually this requires repeated chronic long term exposure after several years. Based on your age, unless you have previous exposure to oral steroids or have had significant exposure to epidural steroid injections i would not be too concerned yet. ...Read more

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I have been a long time back pain sufferer. Epidural steroid injections worked for over 8 years. Would you recommend another series of injections ?

I have been a long time back pain sufferer.  Epidural steroid injections worked for over 8 years. Would you recommend another series of injections ?

See your doctor: Based on your history, it sounds like you may benefit from another series of epidurals. Before embarking down this treatment path, however, you would benefit from re-evaluation from a physician to determine the exact cause of your current pain and its suitability to epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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My mom is about to have epidural steroid injections in her back for bulging discs. What are the side effects?

My mom is about to have epidural steroid injections in her back for bulging discs. What are the side effects?

Usually minimal if: If given in the proper setting, minimal unless diabetic (elevate blood sugars) or have been on steroids chronically affecting horomonal balance. Local soreness or flush sensation/redness of skin can occur. Rarely, aseptic necrosis of bone can occur. A possible spinal headache or aseptic or chemical meningitis. Local soreness at the injection site is transient. Rarely, nerve or cord injury. ...Read more

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Why recommend epidural steroid injections for severe lower back pain when patient is scared of them after recent deaths from contamination?

Scientific studies: Epidural injections have a proven track record of successfully treating many pain conditions when performed by experienced physicians on appropriately selected patients. The recent outbreaks of fungal meningitis were traced to a small number of compounding pharmacies and represent a very small percentage of the total number of epidurals performed each year in the United States. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc diese. Dr wants me to get a epidural steroid injections. It all started with a tkr surgery, pain for 6 months. In knee, leg, ank?

Epidural ok: If there is a nerve being irritated in the back an epidural can often calm that nerve irritation down. Epidurals are generally ok unless you get more than 3-4 in a year. ...Read more

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Experiencing severe inner thigh muscle cramps in both legs. Have spine injury to l5&s1. Have had 2 series of epidural steroid injections.

If pain and cramps: Is all you have and no severe leg weakness i would exhaust all conservative treatment options like pt, aqua therapy and injections. ...Read more

Dr. Nolan Segal
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Leg Pain (Definition)

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Steroids (Definition)

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