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Will An Epidural Injection Cause Me To Feel Sluggish
Epidural injections treat either acute or chronic pain. The most common epidural injections are to treat labor pain and usually include an indwelling catheter that provides continuous treatment until the baby is delivered. The medicine is a local anesthetic +/- opiod. Epidural injections also include single shot injections to treat chronic back pain. These usually include ...Read more
Very rare: Syringomyelia from an epidural injection has been reported but typically you would have signs of spinal cord injury directly after the injection (eg., numbness, weakness, or bowel/bladder problems). In my experience I have never seen such a case but it has been reported in the medical literature on a very rare basis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can annular tear and a central protrusion at L4-L5 can cause increased tingling after epidural injection ?
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Usually 3-4 days: However it can take up to 10-14 days in some people to get relief from an epidural steroid injection. I would consider at least a second injection if you are getting some relief. if no significant relief after 2 injections, you need to have the doctor look at other options (radio frequency) or even possibly surgery as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pain treatment: Epidural injections treat either acute or chronic pain. The most common epidural injections are to treat labor pain and usually include an indwelling catheter that provides continuous treatment until the baby is delivered. The medicine is a local anesthetic +/- opiod. Epidural injections also include single shot injections to treat chronic back pain. These usually include the use of steroids. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: It is possible to have some soreness but excessive pain could be due to infection. Please contact your physician. ...Read more
Maybe: You've indicated you're 80 years old with history of liver transplant. You have to weigh risks against benefits of a procedure. The risk of infection or epidural abscess is greater in someone who's immune suppressed. If the cause of your pain is mechanical compression due to extensive spine degeneration epidural may help but for a very short while. I would look into medications such as gabapentin. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually nothing: Allthough it is not truly necessary most epidurals today are done with the patient sedated. Accordingly coughing is not an issue. If however you did cough the danger would be based on what type of epidural you were receiving and where the needle tip was. In most cases it would not matter. In some cases you could end up with a bad headache and in some cases you might damage the spinal cord. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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