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Spinal Epidural Injection And Impotence
Epidural injections treat either acute or chronic pain. The most common epidural injections are to treat labor pain and usually include an indwelling catheter that provides continuous treatment until the baby is delivered. The medicine is a local anesthetic +/- opiod. Epidural injections also include single shot injections to treat chronic back pain. These usually include ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Can a person get cervical and thoracic spine pain after a lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection?
Great Question: Unfortunately, there is no good literature to give exact amount of time that a patient might expect to receive relief from any type of epidual steroid injection. Caudals are usually done for spinal stenosis or complex fused spines fo relief of pressure on nerve structures. No two spines are alike. They are like snow flakes and fingerprints and so different are patient responses. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Steroid: Too much steroid can cause osteoporosis no matter where it is placed. Oral, IV or epidural steroid may increase chance of osteoporosis. The amount of steroid used in epidural injection for a herniated disk is less than the amount of steroid consumed as a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack taken orally to treat the same symptoms. Generally, though, we do not recommend more than 3 steroid injections in 6 months. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Different Areas: Facet injections are used for typical whiplash and arthritic pain that emanates from the facet joint in the spine which is in the back of spine. The epidural steroid injection can help with the same, however typically is used to treat the spinal nerve pain that is due to spinal stenosis or herniated disk that is pinching the exiting spinal nerve(s) which is in the front of spine area. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How often(frequency) can my wife receive celestone/lidocaine/marcaine injection for her sciatica(lumbar foraminal narrowing) and hip bursitis?
Safety: Safe is as few injections as you need to get relief. However if you need these injections regularly, safe is a relative term but typically around 3-4 injections/year. Some patients can have as many as 3 injections per 6 months however that is not a good idea for too long. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Does a caudal epidural steroid injection provide pain relief for compressed disks at l4/l5? For how long?
Possibly: The caudal space is a way of entering the epidural space at a lower level in the back, near the tailbone. Medications such as steroids injected there should be able to reach the l4-5 level. However, it's hard to predict exactly how much pain relief will be achieved or how long it will last. Consult an anesthesiologist or other physician with special training in pain management. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
If anterior horn spinal nerves are motor, then epidural steroid inj's can only relieve sensory symptoms being injected posteriorly?
Interesting Thought: The plan is for the epidural steroid injection that is done posteriorly (called interlaminar/translaminar epidural injection) to reach the anterior epidural space where both the motor and sensory nerves exit out. Below the level of L2, roughly the spinal cord ends and all nerves exiting from the spine have both sensory/motor components. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes and No: Osteoporosis after any sort of steroid exposure can occur. Usually this requires repeated chronic long term exposure after several years. Based on your age, unless you have previous exposure to oral steroids or have had significant exposure to epidural steroid injections i would not be too concerned yet. ...Read more
For how long does a caudal epidural steroid injection provide pain relief for compressed disks at l4/l5?
Depends: Epidural injections have a variable relief pattern and it really depends on the steroid used and location of pathology. Typically epidural injections work best if placed next to or on top of the level of pathology. Caudal epidural injections are several levels below l4/l5 and sometimes may not provide adequate relief. Epidural injections if they work can provide from weeks to months of relief. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How risky are cervical epidural injections for some one with ddd severe canal stenosis and foraminal stenosis and 2 herniated discs c3/c4 and c7T1?
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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