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Side Effects Epidural Steroid Injections
Vary...: Epidural steroid injection is usually given with mixing some local anesthetics as a part of pain management for spinal disorders. How long the post-injection soreness may last may highly vary depending on the pace of local tissue healing process. Personal experience may help such understanding, but the course of post-injection sore still varies from time to time. Ask your doctor for detailing... ...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
What are some of the rare side effects of epidural steroid injections that last more than 10months?
Let me listing : Infection. Severe infections are rare, occurring in 0.1% to 0.01% of injections. A dural puncture occurs in 0.5% of injections. Nerve damage last long time localized increase in pain non-positional headaches resolving within 24 hours facial flushing anxiety sleeplessness fever the night of injection high blood sugar stomach ulcer avascular necrosis of hip joint(last long) cataracts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If epidural steroid injections don't fatten people, then why are there so many reports of this side effect on forums(spine health, pain.Etc)?
Your choice: There are multiple sites online, and many different opinions about medical facts, but only a few sites like health tap, where you can count on accurate and timely information. So, it is your choice who to believe. But epidural steroids do not cause weight gain. However, chronic steroid usage does! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Is a rare side effect of epidural steroid injections the feeling that all your muscles were shot with novocaine?
Local: Often times a local anesthetic is added to the steroid injection which can cause some motor (muscle) weakness and sense of numbness usually bellow the site of the injection. A way that all your muscles would feel weak or numb is if some of that local anesthetic went into the subdural space. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mulitple Effects: Weight gain, avascular necrosis of a hip/knee (severe breakdown requiring joint replacement), hair loss, adrenal suppression. However, these side effects are rare. Nonetheless, you must consider with your physician risks versus benefits of steroids or any treatment option considered. Epidural steroid injections can provide the right patient with significant relief of symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several: Multiple epidural steroid injections over the long term can result in: 1. Scar tissue surrounding the nerve sac (the dura) which can sometimes lead to spinal fluid leak with headaches 2. Higher risk of infection, bleeding 3. Avascular necrosis of the hips (the hip bone loses blood supply which can lead to premature arthritis) 4. Increased blood sugar (especially in diabetics). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Will epidural steroid injections cause harm to my bones or having any adverse long term effects to my body?
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