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Epidural steroid injection for C4C5 bulging disk and nerve pain. March 29 the procedure and been having headaches since , is this normal.

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 more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

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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Are steroid shots that are injected into a bulging disk, neck and lower back, an effective procedure, does it help with the pain. I am really nervous?

Are steroid shots that are injected into a bulging disk, neck and lower back, an effective procedure, does it help with the pain.  I am really nervous?

Yes: But they're not injected into the disk. Steroids can be injected into the facet joints or into epidural spaces. Epidurals are very safe and effective for sciatica and can also be used to treat spinal stenosis, but less effectively. And yes, they help to reduce pain. ...Read more

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I will have steroid injections in my back for a bulging disk in 4 days that won't go away, the meds don't work, help?

I will have steroid injections in my back for a bulging disk in 4 days that won't go away, the meds don't work, help?

Surgery: If you continue to have pain after 6-8 weeks despite best efforts to get better without surgery and have tried pt, nsaids, steroids, etc, you likely need to see a neurosurgeon for an evaluation to see if surgery would be indicated. ...Read more

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I receved an epidural steroid injections for my L4 & l45 herniated bulging discs. Is there any side affects from, and how long will they releive the p?

I receved an epidural steroid injections for my L4 & l45 herniated bulging discs. Is there any side affects from, and how long will they releive the p?

Not much: The steroids can cause usual steroid advers reactions, such as elevation of your blood glucose temporarily, but otherwise esi are very well tolerated. As to how long it lasts, that depends on the patient. Some will last for weeks, and some months. ...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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How can 2 bulging discs in the neck be permanently fixed? In lots of pain aggravated by MVA 10dy ago. Usual lortab, steroids, & muscle relaxers no hel

How can 2 bulging discs in the neck be permanently fixed? In lots of pain aggravated by MVA 10dy ago. Usual lortab, steroids, & muscle relaxers no hel

Get treatment: The "bulging discs" are unlikely to be your main problem, as far more likely, that your pain is due to other problems. However, since you are pregnant, would be VERY careful with prescription medications, and try very conservative therapies, such as gentle physical therapy, and massage. Do NOT consider chiropractic care. ...Read more

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What is the best procedure to fix an aneurism and bulging disk on L3 and L4 section on the spine, and followup recovery?

Depends on size: Assuming you're talking about an abdominal aortic aneurysm, this is unrelated to bulging discs, although each can cause back pain. If aneurysm is under 5 cm, it usually is not treated. If over 5 cm it is treated either by a stent or open operation to replace aorta with graft. Bulging disc treatment depends on symptoms. Evaluate by spinal surgeon. ...Read more

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What would happen if i smoked methamphetamine the day of the steroid epidural injection for disc bulging into generation?

What would happen if i smoked methamphetamine the day of the steroid epidural injection for disc bulging into generation?

See below: Your anesthesiologist or pain doctor might discharge you from the clinic. The use of dangerous and illegal street drugs severely compromises the ability of your physician to help you. May i suggest that you get help from an addiction specialist. ...Read more

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Disc bulge indenting thecal sac at L5/S1, possible impringment of left S1 root. Could this be cause of burning toes at night? Steroid injection help?

Disc bulge indenting thecal sac at L5/S1, possible impringment of left S1 root. Could this be cause of burning toes at night? Steroid injection help?

S-1 root gives leg-: -pain from buttock 2thigh posterior & lateral calf. If only all Ur toes, most likely not. Sounds more like a neuropathy from a different case, such as diabetic neuropathy . I don't think epi will help. If a neurologist has seen U & U had an EMG, & recommend it I would follow his/her advise . ...Read more

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Has anyone had an epidural injections and a bulging disk?

Has anyone had an epidural injections and a bulging disk?

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 more

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What is that injection on your spine to relieve bulging disk pain?

What is that injection on your spine to relieve bulging disk pain?

Epidural injection: This is called an epidural injection. There are different types but the all share the same principles. Image guidance is used to place a fine needle into the epidural space. Numbing medications and steroids are then injected to provide pain relief by decreasing the inflammation of the nerves. The procedure is safe but it is not risk free. Ask your spine specialist for details. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood a root block injection will provide a long term fix for the back pain i feel due to my minor l5/s1 bulging disk?

Root block: A nerve root block is most typically done for the purpose of improving radiating leg pain (aka radiculopathy or sciatica). If you are having isolated back pain then a root block is actually unlikely to help. For a minor bulging disk, most patients will improve with conservative treatment measures such as physical therapy and nsaids (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). ...Read more

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Can you recommend anything other than surgery? I began having lower back pain 6 yrs ago, ended up having 3 injections for fractured facets, arthritic changes and 2 bulging discs. 2 years ago, i had another 3 injections for the same problem. The dr told me

Can you recommend anything other than surgery? I began having lower back pain 6 yrs ago, ended up having 3 injections for fractured facets, arthritic changes and 2 bulging discs. 2 years ago, i had another 3 injections for the same problem. The dr told me

I'm : I'm sorry you're having trouble getting relief of your pain. Based on your description, you have facet mediated pain most likely from facet arthropathy (arthritis). It sounds as though you have exhausted many of the non-operative options available for your problem. Some other options (you may or may not have tried already) include acupuncture, physical therapy, oral medications, and lumbar traction. None of these methods are a "cure-all" but they may give you enough relief to make the situation tolerable and avoid surgery. If you fail all of these measures and continue to have pain that interferes with your quality of life you might consider surgery. There are some newer techniques that have not stood the test of time (facet joint replacement) but the gold standard is lumbar fusion. It is reliable surgery in the properly indicated patient. You would need to discuss the risks, benefits, and alternatives with your surgeon, but don't expect 100% relief of pain. If you can accept 75% improvement in your pain condition, that would be a reasonable expectation. Good luck, hope you find relief. ...Read more

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How much pain relief should I expect from cortizone (hydrocortisone) injections into a bulging disk?

Depends: It depends upon type of injection also.......A steroid injection usually relieves inflammation but not the physical compression over the nerve which may be there by the bulging disc. So nobody can tell you about % of pain relief. ...Read more

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How much pain relief can I expect from cortizone (hydrocortisone) injections for treating a bulging disk?

How much pain relief can I expect from cortizone (hydrocortisone) injections for treating a bulging disk?

Depends: Variable pain relief is normal. Some people have complete or near complete relief particularly when coupled with pt, others have almost no relief. Some depends on technique and timing. ...Read more

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Please help, how much pain relief can I expect from cortizone (hydrocortisone) injections into a bulging disk?

Please help, how much pain relief can I expect from cortizone (hydrocortisone) injections into a bulging disk?

Depends: Epidural steroid injections work very well in a lot of patients, but in order to work, the pain must really be caused by the disk bulge, when frequently it isn't. You are more likely to have relief if you are having the right constellation of symptoms. Pain doctors can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Is the stair-master safe if I have moderately degenerated bulging discs?

Yes: You can do whatever you can tolerate. I am sure that the stairmaster has an advanced level, that might bother you. Start light and see what you can tolerate. Believe it or not, the worst exercise you can do with disc problems are sit ups. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Steroids (Definition)

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