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What happens if you eat or drink before an epidural steroid injection?

What happens if you eat or drink before an epidural steroid injection?

Possible Cancel: If you were scheduled to be done with sedation it may be canceled or offered without sedation. The purpose of not eating/drinking for a specified period before the injection known as npo is to reduce the risk of vomiting and aspirating contents into the lungs while sedation. Aspiration can be deadly. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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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My fiance had our baby about a year ago and she received epidural. Since then, every time it gets cold, shehas pain in spot she received it. Why does it happen?

My fiance had our baby about a year ago and she received epidural. Since then, every time it gets cold, shehas pain in spot she received it. Why does it happen?

Should get better!: Even a tiny "injury", such as a needle stick, is perceived by the body as a reason to mount a healing response, and this is accompanied by some minor inflammation. Your fiancee may still be feeling a little of this process. Cold tends to aggravate many kinds of pain. When it happens, she should use heat, massage, and Ibuprofen or naproxen. Unless there is severe pain or weakness, don't worry! ...Read more

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What is an epidural?

Anatomic location: The epidural space is a potential space in the spine and head that lies between the dura and arachnoid mater. The term epidural is used to describe an injection or placement of a catheter (tube) into the epidural space. ...Read more

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Does a epidural hurt ?

Does a epidural hurt ?

Yes absolutely: An epidural is a needle stick and needle sticks hurt. Uusually it hurts about the same as an I.V. But if i hit a bone(1 in 5) it may hurt or rmay not hurt more. U might get a bruise and it may hurt after like any bruise but there is no chacne of disc dammage which is what most mean by back injury. If i hit a nerve (1 in 1000) it hurts like a bang on your funny bone, usually resolves the same. ...Read more

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Is an epidural harmful?

Is an epidural harmful?

No: There are potential complications as with any procedure, their effects are often temporary, and the steroids do have potential side effects (especially locally, including local bone loss), but they are usually well tolerated if done right. ...Read more

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Can men have an epidural?

Yes: Epidural steroid injections for problems in both cervical and lumbar spines can be employed to quell pain, and control discogenic issues. No sexual restrictions. ...Read more

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Is epidural vs natural better?

Get an epidural: When I was on the obstetrical service in the 1970's and there was a popular movement for "natural childbirth" supposedly without any anesthetics, I did not see one out of about 150 women in labor who refused artificial help with the pain -- no matter how much they had boasted at the onset that they would need nothing. ...Read more

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What is safer--general or epidural?

Both safe: Both are safe in general. Your health and the type of surgery are what dictates which is best for you. ...Read more

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How does an epidural affect your back?

How does an epidural affect your back?

Beware!: ? if epidural can affect back. My cohort of 20 women had birthing epidurals & incurred chronic low back pain. Unifying dynamic: all w. post-birth unilateral sacroiliac joint disorder per Occupational Disability Guidelines & family members instructed, by med staff, to hyperextended legs into flexion & abduction during dorsal lithotomy position. Women blamed anesthesiologist's needle. SIJ ligaments? ...Read more

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