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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. Qamar Khan
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Epidural Steroid Injection (Definition)

Steroid type medication done under a local anesthesia with or without IV sedation in a sterile setting either with or without fliuroscopic or x-ray guidance into space below the lamina but above the dura or lining of the nerve tissue of the spine with the needle passing through natural openings between the lamina given for pain relief due to inflammation from a disc ...Read more


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Can i get a reverse epidural steroid injection?

Reverse??: I'm not sure what a reverse epidural is. Epidural steroids are injected in the spine to lessen inflamation and thereby provide pain relief. I have never heard one referred to as "reverse". ...Read more

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Will my medications affect my epidural steroid injection?

Generally no: Most medications are Ok. However, some NSAIDs and blood thinners need to be stopped before the injection to decrease risk of bleeding. ...Read more

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Increased pain after epidural steroid injection. What to do?

Normal: If it does not resolve in a week, call your doctor to see what options you may have regarding this increased pain. Although uncommon, it can happen and usually will go away on its own. ...Read more

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Epidural steroid injection complications in my back. What to do?

Epidural steroid injection complications in my back. What to do?

Not sure What to say: Without further info I can't advise you any way. Maybe you need to see the doctor to discuss your options or even a surgeon. ...Read more

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How much does the steroid spread in an epidural steroid injection?

Not far: Typically, if a patient is positioned correctly, there is spread only over a few vertebral levels as this is typically a precise localized injection. ...Read more

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Will epidural steroid injection help a sciata nurve?

Will epidural steroid injection help a sciata nurve?

Yes: An epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive procedure that delivers steroids via a needle directly into the epidural space to help reduce inflammation. It is effective for sciatic pain. ...Read more

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How much X-ray exposure is there in epidural steroid injection?

Great Question: Depends on type of c-arm used and whether or not physician/x-ray tech continuously steps of pedal or presses button or is more cautious. I use a setting called low-dose pulse and often the exposure is less than 1/100 of a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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


Dr. Gregg Albers
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Steroids (Definition)

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