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How long does a epidural lasts for a herniated disk? Are there any side effects to a epidural injection? Please help l have so much leg pain with back

How long does a epidural lasts for a herniated disk? Are there any side effects to a epidural injection? Please help l have so much leg pain with back

Variable: The length of relief varies, and some do not get any relief at all. Risks include spinal headache or leak, headache, infection, and nerve injury. The steroid effect is usually a local one, and systemic effects are relatively minimized. However, some can have elevations in blood sugar, as well as some other risks of steroids. You should see a surgeon if you aren't getting better. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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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Can you get a epidural when your in labour if you have a herniated disc?

Can you get a epidural  when your in labour if you have a herniated disc?

Yes you can: You can get epidural anesthesia with a herniated disc. From the spine standpoint, a herniated disc does not contraindicate epidural anesthesia. ...Read more

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I had a steroid injection in my back today (epidural) for my herniated disc. When am I able to go swimming at a public pool or waterpark?

I had a steroid injection in my back today (epidural) for my herniated disc.  When am I able to go swimming at a public pool or waterpark?

Steroid injection: The best source for this information would be the provider who gave you the injections. There are many things that must be considered in making any recommendations on this topic. Usually patients are provided with information after a procedure which may help you in this matter. ...Read more

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Herniated disc. What does this MRI report mean? I am doing physical therapy. Should i still get an epidural shot? Does massages make it worse?

Herniated disc. What does this MRI report mean?  I am doing physical therapy. Should i still get an epidural shot? Does massages make it worse?

Where?: At your young age a true herniated disc in your lumbar spine that is causing both pain in your lower back and down your leg( esp. Past your knee) is a signifigant problem.Physical therapy , nsaids may be helpful. See a good spine specialist ( either ortho or neuro surgeon before you begin lesi's( injections).Massage can be helpful temporarily and will do no harm. Avoid 'manipulations'. Gl! ...Read more

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Will an Epidural Steroid Injection for herniated disc (l4-l5) cause any weight gain or any other serious side effect? (20 year old college athlete)

Potentially: The systemic effects of the steroid in an epidural injection are usually much lower than when taken orally, but they can still happen including weight gain, elevating blood glucose, and immune suppression to name a few. ...Read more

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Does a herniated disk at L5 s1 ever go away without having a epidural injection? Why does my ankle hurt so much on the right side of the disk

Does a herniated disk at L5 s1 ever go away without having a epidural injection? Why does my ankle hurt so much on the right side of the disk

Yes it does!: Lots of people live not knowing they have 1. Also if some1 has pain and 1 is found, pain attributed to it. Surgery doesn't always helpi have patients who got rid of even foot drops with yoga and or rehab. Pain is just your body telling you you are doing something wrong, and at that point it is often reversible if you listen. Yes it cd go away, but what you really need is have it silent. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc and had an epidural, doctor said it massively herniated, it has been 24 hours since the shot. Should I consider microdiscetomy?

Not necessarily : The decision is not only based on the size of the disc. The following criteria would push you toward surgery: the presence of weakness, duration of symptoms more than 6 weeks, repeated symptoms over years, superimposed spinal stenosis, and spinal cord compression if the disc is cervical. 24 hours is not enough time to decide that the epidural has failed. ...Read more

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What occurs if 3rd cortisone epidural doesn't work for herniated disc?

What occurs if 3rd cortisone epidural doesn't work for herniated disc?

Depends on your: Degree of symptoms and findings on exam as well as the duration of the symptoms ; any other treatment to date. 90% are treated non op with a minimum of 8-12 weeks non op care recommended including: activity modification, medication, physical therapy, smoking cessation ; weight control. If symptoms don't improve and exam ; imaging studies are consistent with diagnosis, surgery is an option. ...Read more

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What to expect for epidural steroid injection for a herniated disc?

What to expect for epidural steroid injection for a herniated disc?

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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19 y o athlete on scholarship who has L5 s1 herniated disc and has tried conservative tx of pt, epidural and meds and rest with no significant relief ?

?MRI done: Large disc herniations with neurological signs or symptoms may require surgery - an MRI can give a good idea of the prognosis - most disc herniations will heal with time. I have used inversion tables with excellent success in many cases of back pain - chronic seems to respond better than acute but worth a try. The is is a well-studied but underutilized modality. ...Read more

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Have been diagnosed with herniated disc L3-L4 and L4-L5, advised for the epidural pain injection also surgery. I am scared, is this the last option?

Have been diagnosed with herniated disc L3-L4 and L4-L5, advised for the epidural pain injection also surgery. I am scared, is this the last option?

Herniated disc: Surgery is not the only option. Physical therapy, chiropractic care, aquatic therapy, transcutaneous electrical stimulation, cortisone injections, rhizotomy, bracing and a variety of medications including compound creams can relieve the pain without surgery. Microdiscectomy is the most common surgical procedure to repair a herniated lumbar disc. Fusion is performed when there is instability too. ...Read more

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Why would they do epidural between c7 & t1 when the herniated disc is between c3 &c4 & c4&c5?

Why would they do epidural between c7 & t1 when the herniated disc is between c3 &c4 & c4&c5?

Anatomy: There are 2 different types of epidural injections in the cervical spine: transforaminal and inter laminar. Inter laminar injections are given near the midline of the neck They are typically given either at c6-7 or c7-T1 because there is much more space for the cord at that level and the injection will typically spread up to the other levels like C3-5. More danger to do interlaminar at c3-5. ...Read more

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What could happen if i take an asprin 24 hours prior to an epidural steroid injection for a herniated disc?

Slight increase risk: Anti-inflammatory drugs, and in particular aspirin, can have affects on platelet functioning. These proteins are in the blood and help clotting if someone is on aspirin, there is a slightly (although still very low) chance of increased bleeding risk. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc in my neck c4-5. The ortho dr is urging me to have an epidural or at the least trigger point shots. The chiro is saying no. Is physical therapy good for this or adjustments?

I have a herniated disc in my neck c4-5. The ortho dr is urging me to have an epidural or at the least trigger point shots. The chiro is saying no. Is physical therapy good for this or adjustments?

Diagnosis first: The injections are to confirm clinically what the pain generator is he is trying to figure out what pain is coming from where , the disc causes refered pain but usually not tenderness confirming the working diagnosis for pain is alwys a good idea. ...Read more

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