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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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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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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When do you need epidural steroid injections?

When do you need epidural steroid injections?

Only when you: are still in pain from sciatica due to a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or even facet arthropathy after completing a round of conservative care. This typically means you have tried medications, exercise, therapy and no help to your pain has been attained during that time. ...Read more

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What are epidural steroid injections used for?

Spinal Conditions: Many spinal conditions will respond to epidural steroid injection such as sciatica, degenerative disc disease, bulging, protruding, extruded discs which are disturbing spinal neural structures. The body has the inherent ability to cure itself given time. Steroids simply reduce inflammation around the neural structures, reduce pain, in order for time for you body to heal. ...Read more

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What are epidural steroid injections used to treat?

What are epidural steroid injections used to treat?

Epidural Pain Relief: Results in decreased Inflammation around the spinal nerve roots and Increased return to activity level as your body is healing from a herniated disk, spinal stenosis or even facet arthropathy. ...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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When do people generally get epidural steroid injections?

When do people generally get epidural steroid injections?

4-6 weeks: Initially the symptoms last 4-6 weeks and if your body heals like it supposed to then pain relief starts. However disc herniations which are the cause of majority of sciatica symptoms last for 6-9 months and therefore people can have pain during that time as well. If not better after 6 weeks see a spine specialist to evaluate this further. Try core exercise s first, check youtube or see PT. ...Read more

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How much pain is involved with getting epidural steroid injections?

How much pain is involved with getting epidural steroid injections?

Minimal: Everybody has a different tolerance for pain. Epidurals should not be horribly painful. If done with sedation patients often don't recall the epidural at all. Without sedation patients will feel a little stick and a burn usually followed by some pressure. Certain types of epidurals known as transforaminal epidurals may cause pain to temporarily radiate down the leg during the epidural. ...Read more

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What medical issues could arise after repeated epidural steroid injections?

What medical issues could arise after repeated epidural steroid injections?

See below: Epidurals are often used to help relieve pain from an inflammed disc or pinched nerve. It's probably ideal to limit steroid injections to 3 per year as too much sterid can lead to osteoporosis or hormonal imbalances. Steroids can also increase blood sugar levels if your a diabetic. ...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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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. Gregg Albers
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Steroids (Definition)

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