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L5 S1 Epidural Injection
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
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
How long do side effects last after lumbar epid. Celestone (betamethasone) inject. (odd heartbeat, hyperglycemia) ?
Short term: The side effects typically last less than a few days. Technically, the medication is active for 3weeks, but the side effects shouldn't last that long. See your doctor if they are getting worse or if any new ones develop. ...Read more
30 y/o injected rt bicep with testosterone, npp? And steroids rue comparent syndrome. Deltoid especially. Needed decompresion. Any thoughts?
Release: If compartment pressures are elevated it should be released. ...Read more
20 yo f. Pars defect @ L5 and facet arthritis in l2-l5. Chronic since March. PT, and injections help very little. Bracing doesnt help either. Options?
Had caudal epidural steroid injection (with ketamine) for CRPS left foot. Relief for 7 days- will dr consider 2nd injection for prolonged relief?
Doctor said that i'm immune to hepatitis b, which is good. This is obviously from being vaccinated? (twinrix 3 injections). Am i 100% safe from hep b?
Likely: You are nearly 100% immune but there is always a possiblity of losing the immunity. If the doctor thinks that you are immune to hepatitis b is because you were tested for the hb surface antibody and it was present indicating that you are still immune. Precautions should still be taken as necessary and necessitated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
65 yo f. 4 mo. Occ. Violent cough, low grade fever, malaise, and occ. Ant. Ha 4/10 . Lives in desert. Neg cocci, ppd, & pertussis. Ebv+age 15. Thanks.
Emg & ncv2 unit test result:sensory polyneuropathy & possible bilateral c8, t1, l4& L5 rediculopathy.What does that mean? Not alcoholic nor diabtc & hiv
I'm told that lupron (leuprolide) trigger prevents ohss. Why am i still in sharp pains 60hrs post IVF egg retrieval? Is it pms? Trigger e2 4200, 32 eggs retrieved.
PLEASE: Call your ivf doc about this, do not spend time online. Complications following egg retrieval are uncommon but can be serious; and nothing absolutely predicts ohss but peak e2 of 4200 is definitely risky. Your ivf doctor wants to hear from you! ...Read more
Is it safe to get a hepatitis b vaccine while on anabolic steroids? Hepatitis b vaccine
Yes: The Hepatitis B Vaccine is not a live vaccine but is made from dna particles only and cannot cause infection. It is well tolerated and safe. This vaccine is given even to newborn babies (in a smaller dose) 3 doses will normally give immunity for life. There is an accelerated dosing given to those traveling into high risk zones--this dosing requires a later fourth dose. Bad disease--get protected! ...Read more
I have had 2 previous surgeries. Now have either scar tissue or overgrowth at L5 from ltcage. Will a epidural steroid shot help?
Hard to know: without more info about you specifically. Sometimes epidural injections help a lot. When they don't help you may need to consider other options like radiofrequency ablation or even spinal cord stimulation. Newer treatments like stem cell terrapins are also available but are investigational at this time and insurance does not cover them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recent diagnosis of milk & casein allergy that presented after delivery of 3rd child. Hives, stomach 7 bowel, anaphylaxis. Why?
Evaluation: Check with your doc and discuss blood allergy testing such as immunocap. ...Read more
Can kidney stones cause a 4 year long bladder infection? Tried macrobid, ceftin, (cefuroxime) rocephin shots, & stone removal (which was nearly fatal). Now what?
Here are some ....: Most common recurrent UTIs in females involve lower urinary tract - bladder & urethra. Although infected kidney stone can pose a constant source of bacterial UTI, such situation is rare once the offending infected stone is completely removed and related pyelonephritis are successfully treated. So, for female recurrent UTIs, look into bladder emptying, urethral diverticulum, bladder stone, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arthroscopic knee symptoms to remove 2 loose bodies w/ minor chondroplasty. Weight-bearing postop & 50cc blood removed bc of swelling, but painful now. Why?
See below: It is not unusual to have pain after this type of procedure. Progressively it should be getting better. You're weight-bearing orders are as instructed by your orthopedic surgeon who at the time did your operation in particular your chondroplasty will give you those weight-bearing instructions . Physical therapy as an outpatient basis to improve strength flexibility and range of motion while you're limiting your weight-bearing is recommended. Follow up and follow your orthopedic surgeons treatment guidelines good luck thank you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Asthma at 73% peak flow unprodctv cough except formed ovoid balls lt yellow. Drinking tons! 97.5 singulair (montelukast) advair, proair -2 osteopenia, steroids bad?
Steroids: People with chronic asthma or COPD if they need steroid should not be withheld as it is lifesaving. We do have to protect the bones as we want to avoid most of all spinal fractures. We can give certain things like calcitonin or bisphosphonates if needed. Your doctor and you can make that decision when you discuss your problem. ...Read more
1 month post op(microdiscectomy),which daily activities are dangerous to do,can doing phisical therapy cause reherniation...so scared?
Avoid heavy lifting: After this type of surgery you want to follow the directions of your surgeon. You should avoid heavy lifting and jumping or doing any activity that can cause a large increase in pressure on your back. Physical therapists are trained to help with pain and to assist with recovery. They will be very careful not to cause harm. Just follow their directions for home activities. ...Read more
What to do if I have strep throat,and was given a shot of 1,200,000 units of billicillin with 80 unit of Depo-Provera Medrol (methylprednisolone) 40 mg?
???????: What would one always do? See if the issue resolves. If not, speak with your doctor. ...Read more
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