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Doctor insights on: Side Effects Of Spinal Epidural Injections

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Epidural spinal injection side effects for ankylosing spondylitis?

Epidural spinal injection side effects for ankylosing spondylitis?

No difference: Epidural injections can be done to relieve pain and inflammation from a number of spinal conditions; risks are the same. Tenderness at the injection site is common but doesn't last long. More serious problems such as bleeding, infection, or nerve damage are very rare but possible; these injections should only be done by trained physicians. ...Read more

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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 the side effects of lumbar steriod injections?

What are the side effects of lumbar steriod injections?

Minimal : Sometimes a rash or heat sensation can occur. If you have a significant case of diabetes, your glucose levels can be affected. Occasionally, a headache can occur or local back pain or pressure sensation from the injection. These all tend to resolve quickly. ...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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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

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What are the side effects of getting facet injections in the thoracic spine?

What are the side effects of getting facet injections in the thoracic spine?

Uncommon: It's unlikely to have side effects other than the pain of a needle going into your back. Uncommon side effects include bleeding, infection, and i've seen 2 people with punctured lungs from this. I don't believe i've ever seen anyone get these and actually have significant long term pain relief. ...Read more

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Is effect of numbing injections muscle paralysis?

Is effect of numbing injections muscle paralysis?

Yes. : Medications used in numbing injections temporarily interrupt the entire function of the nerve injected. If the nerved which was injected is a sensory and motor nerve (meaning that it goes to/serves a muscle), the injection would cause numbness and paralysis. Ortho patients who have had "blocks" to improve pain control post-op experience this effect commonly. ...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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Is epidural injection of steroids effective for back pain?

Is epidural injection of steroids effective for back pain?

Yes: Yes is effective if it is done by the right person for the right diagnosis , may have to be repeated once or twice. ...Read more

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What are the effects from Depo-Provera Medrol (methylprednisolone) + lidocaine in trigger point injections?

What are the effects from Depo-Provera Medrol (methylprednisolone) + lidocaine in trigger point injections?

Quick relief: A trigger point can occur from many factors but it ends in a dysfunctional muscle fiber. The addition of Lidocaine or steroids to just the insertion of the needle into the muscle probable does not result in a better outcome. However the local anesthetic does result in immediate relief if not temporary. In my opinion steroids do not help in this situation. ...Read more

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Accodental dural puncture with epidural what are risks & side effects?

Accodental dural puncture with epidural what are risks & side effects?

Dural pucture: There is always a risk with a needle injection in the spine of dural puncture especially with a blind or unguided technique, and can happen at any spinal level. Risks are increased in thin or cachetic people especially who are dehydrated, young pregnant women as well and inexperienced operators. Mostly headach is the most common effect but irritation of the spine can occur in rare cases. ...Read more

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Meningitis shot: what are the side effects for the injection site ect.?

Meningitis shot: what are the side effects for the injection site ect.?

Local reaction: As with any immunization, you can have a local reaction at the injection site. This can cause it to be a little sore, there may be a small lump, and sometimes even a little redness. The muscle it was injected into may be a little sore for a day or two. Cool compress, gentle massage, very helpful in reducing symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of botox injections?

What are the side effects of botox injections?

Few & Minimal: Avoid Botox if you are pregnant or breast feeding or have neurological conditions. When used appropriately for the reduction of lines of expression in the upper 1/3 of the face, Botox is incredibly safe. In my experience of 1000's of injections, the most common side effect is a small bruise (<5%). Headaches & swelling (rare). Eyelid or brow drooping (exceedingly rare). ...Read more

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Any side effects to lower lumbar nerve blocks?

Yes: Quite uncommon like infection, nerve damage, spinal headaches and failure to achieve goals. ...Read more

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Effects of corticosteroid injection to lower back?

Effects of corticosteroid injection to lower back?

Quick fix: This will likely help most people if given at the right place by reducing the inflammation. However this is not a long-term treatment approach due to potentially serious side effects associated with cortisone. ...Read more