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How long does a caudal epidural steroid injection provide pain relief for compressed disks?

How long does a caudal epidural steroid injection provide pain relief for compressed disks?

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 more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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A recent study showed that in a hospitalized group of patients it was not the actual degree of pain relief that determined patient satisfaction. It was the perceived concern on the part of the heath care providers and their attempts to alleviate the degree of pain that mattered. Even ...Read more


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For how long does a caudal epidural steroid injection provide pain relief for compressed disks at l4/l5?

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 more

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Does a caudal epidural steroid injection provide pain relief for compressed disks at l4/l5? For how long?

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 more

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How long does one epidural steroid injection provide sciatica pain relief?

How long does one epidural steroid injection provide sciatica pain relief?

Steroid injection: Every patient is different. Some respond to one and some need more than one injection. Main thing is that you are evaluated after the injection. ...Read more

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Help! How effective is cervical facet nerve burning when steroid injection relief only lasts 2 days? I want something long term, w/no more meds!!

Help! How effective is cervical facet nerve burning when steroid injection relief only lasts 2 days? I want something long term, w/no more meds!!

Very successful: Radio frequency ablation is the process that heat the nerve to prevent it from relaying a pain message to the brain. Generally, benefits last up,to a year. BUT you must be certain that the treated nerve is the pain source, or the treatment will fail. Often, there is more than 1 cause for your pain. ...Read more

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Sinus infection- put on doxyccylcine today and wondering abt a steroid injection tomorrow for faster relief. Singer with a gig tomorrow night?

Sinus infection- put on doxyccylcine today and wondering abt a steroid injection tomorrow for faster relief. Singer with a gig tomorrow night?

Worth a try: There's no guarantee it will work as fast as you hope but it may. Steroids often improve sinusitis symptoms along with antibiotics and the injection is the fastest way to get it in your system. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/de Quervain's tenosynovitis. Told by ortho specialist that i could get only "1" steroid injection - why? - cost? Got good relief from first injection that lasted for 2-3 months +/- but now it's 'very sore' again and even holding a steering whe

Diagnosed w/de Quervain's tenosynovitis. Told by ortho specialist that i could get only "1" steroid injection - why? - cost? Got good relief from first injection that lasted for 2-3 months +/- but now it's 'very sore' again and even holding a steering whe

You : You can get a second injection but it is not going to last more than the first injection. Having too many injections may lead to a rupture of the tendon. Having been a doctor for 25 years it is my experience that the second injection last about the same amount of time or less than the first one. The surgery, a first dorsal compartment release is a very simple procedure and is likely to give you permanent relief of symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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