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For what length of time do side effects of epidural steroid injections last?

For what length of time do side effects of epidural steroid injections last?

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

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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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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 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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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)?

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 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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Is a rare side effect of epidural steroid injections the feeling that all your muscles were shot with novocaine?

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 more

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Long term effects from epidural steroid injections?

Pain relief: On the positive side the effect would be less pain and greater quality of life. Long term adverse effects are minimal. ...Read more

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What are some long term effects of epidural steroid injections?

What are some long term effects of epidural steroid injections?

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 more

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Will epidural steroid injections cause harm to my bones or having any adverse long term effects to my body?

Will epidural steroid injections cause harm to my bones or having any adverse long term effects to my body?

No,usually: We had a recent problem with a pharmacy that provided us with a very bad batch of steroids.Drs had no idea and were blind-sided when patients developed infections. If this is a last resort for very severe pain, it is a recommended treatment. ...Read more

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When do you need epidural steroid injections?

When do you need epidural steroid injections?

Only when you: are still in pain from sciatica due to a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or even facet arthropathy after completing a round of conservative care. This typically means you have tried medications, exercise, therapy and no help to your pain has been attained during that time. ...Read more

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What medical issues could arise after repeated epidural steroid injections?

What medical issues could arise after repeated epidural steroid injections?

See below: Epidurals are often used to help relieve pain from an inflammed disc or pinched nerve. It's probably ideal to limit steroid injections to 3 per year as too much sterid can lead to osteoporosis or hormonal imbalances. Steroids can also increase blood sugar levels if your a diabetic. ...Read more

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What is recommended if lumbar epidural steroid injections don't work?

What is recommended if lumbar epidural steroid injections don't work?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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What are epidural steroid injections used for?

Spinal Conditions: Many spinal conditions will respond to epidural steroid injection such as sciatica, degenerative disc disease, bulging, protruding, extruded discs which are disturbing spinal neural structures. The body has the inherent ability to cure itself given time. Steroids simply reduce inflammation around the neural structures, reduce pain, in order for time for you body to heal. ...Read more

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What are epidural steroid injections used to treat?

What are epidural steroid injections used to treat?

Epidural Pain Relief: Results in decreased Inflammation around the spinal nerve roots and Increased return to activity level as your body is healing from a herniated disk, spinal stenosis or even facet arthropathy. ...Read more

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Do epidural steroid injections cause you to gain weight?

Do epidural steroid injections cause you to gain weight?

Possibly: Weight gain is usually from you eating more (steroids can cause you to be hungry), water weight gain (usually self limiting) and possible fat deposition if your own steroid production is halted (again self limited and takes more than one injection). There is no muscle growth that takes place, these are not those type of steroids. ...Read more

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When do people generally get epidural steroid injections?

When do people generally get epidural steroid injections?

4-6 weeks: Initially the symptoms last 4-6 weeks and if your body heals like it supposed to then pain relief starts. However disc herniations which are the cause of majority of sciatica symptoms last for 6-9 months and therefore people can have pain during that time as well. If not better after 6 weeks see a spine specialist to evaluate this further. Try core exercise s first, check youtube or see PT. ...Read more

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What are the common risks of epidural steroid injections?

What are the common risks of epidural steroid injections?

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. Gregg Albers
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