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For how long does it usually take for an epidural steroid injection to alleviate a herniated disk to take effect?

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Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management

In brief: Tricky

An epidural steroid injection may provide immediate relief just after the procedure if a numbing medication is mixed with the steroid; this will wear off in 3-4 hours typically.
The steroid takes 2-4 days to kick in, but some people don't notice it for over a week. You may get partial relief or it may be excellent, but come right back and another epidural may be needed.

In brief: Tricky

An epidural steroid injection may provide immediate relief just after the procedure if a numbing medication is mixed with the steroid; this will wear off in 3-4 hours typically.
The steroid takes 2-4 days to kick in, but some people don't notice it for over a week. You may get partial relief or it may be excellent, but come right back and another epidural may be needed.
Dr. Chris Faubel
Dr. Chris Faubel
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management

In brief: 3-4 days

Initially it can take 3-4 days for the steroid to provide relief but that effect may take up to 10-14 days in some people.
It is not uncommon to hear patient say it took two weeks to get relief.

In brief: 3-4 days

Initially it can take 3-4 days for the steroid to provide relief but that effect may take up to 10-14 days in some people.
It is not uncommon to hear patient say it took two weeks to get relief.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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