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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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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Steroids (Definition)

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