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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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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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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Long term effects from epidural steroid injections?

Mulitple Effects: Weight gain, avascular necrosis of a hip/knee (severe breakdown requiring joint replacement), hair loss, adrenal suppression. However, these side effects are rare. Nonetheless, you must consider with your physician risks versus benefits of steroids or any treatment option considered. Epidural steroid injections can provide the right patient with significant relief of symptoms. ...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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I have been a long time back pain sufferer. Epidural steroid injections worked for over 8 years. Would you recommend another series of injections ?

I have been a long time back pain sufferer.  Epidural steroid injections worked for over 8 years. Would you recommend another series of injections ?

See your doctor: Based on your history, it sounds like you may benefit from another series of epidurals. Before embarking down this treatment path, however, you would benefit from re-evaluation from a physician to determine the exact cause of your current pain and its suitability to epidural steroid injections. ...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?

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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How often do epidural steroid injections produce prolonged muscle wasting/weakness >10 months?

They shouldn't : It is more likely that the cause of the weakness and muscle wasting is the reason you got the injection on the first place. You should follow up with your neurologist. ...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 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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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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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Steroids (Definition)

Many children with croup need prescription medications. Often steroids can ...Read more