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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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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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I have problem of servical disc bulging or harrinated .last sunday i got steroid injection in neck .bt my pain is much more .i had no relief .this is normal ?or serious problem for my health plz.give me answer i suffer much pain.

Cervical disc: Cervical disc herniation can be very painful and sometimes steroid injections don't help did you get an MRI and talk to your neurosurgeon about what they found? Consult with us to determine if you need further evaluation. In the meantime ...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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Had caudal epidural steroid injection (with ketamine) for CRPS left foot. Relief for 7 days- will dr consider 2nd injection for prolonged relief?

Had caudal epidural steroid injection (with ketamine) for CRPS left foot. Relief for 7 days- will dr consider 2nd injection for prolonged relief?

Lumbar sympath blk: I would suggest a series of lumbar sympathetic blocks without steroid. If these fail ketamine infusions may help. A spinal cord stimulator may also be an answer. ...Read more

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Can a steroid injection cure a TFCC tear?

No: Be careful with steroid injections. They NEVER cure the underlying problem. Steroids also break tissues down so you end up with a worse problem later on. Sometimes a steroid injection is good to use as a diagnostic test, but only as a guide for other treatments. ...Read more

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What type of pain does a caudal steroid injection treat?

What type of pain does a caudal steroid injection treat?

Pain in perineum: This is commonly used in labor as it gives lots of relief. However a caudal approach with a catheter can reach higher up in the back for treating back pain or for surgery. ...Read more

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I have had a small chalazion for 2 years but just got bigger now, will a steroid injection still help reduce the size/make it go away?

I have had a small chalazion for 2 years but just got bigger now, will a steroid injection still help reduce the size/make it go away?

Possibly: Steroid injection into a chalazion can help get rid of it. If that doesn't work, then surgical removal - a minor procedure in an ophthalmologists office can be done. ...Read more

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How dangerous is an epidural steroid injection?

Varies: When done in the right hands, by certified doctors, and epidural injection should not pose undue danger. Working with the neck is somewhat more complex than the low back. Of course anytime you "stick" a needle in anyone anywhere there are risks. The main one always being infection. ...Read more

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What are epidural steroid injection complications?

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ESI complication: The potential risks associated with epidural steroid injection include spinal headache from a dural puncture, bleeding, infection, allergic reaction, and nerve damage / paralysis. Corticosteroid side effects may cause weight gain, water retention, hot flashes, mood swings or insomnia, and elevated blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. ...Read more

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What are some benefits of an epidural steroid injection?

Improvement: Epidural steroids are typically used to treat pain in the neck or back. The reason behind the treatment is to help reduce inflammation or swelling that is contributing to the symptoms of pain or numbness. Although not everyone feels better after an epidural steroid injection, many patients experience significant lessening of their pain. The injection may need to be repeated more than once. ...Read more

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