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What percentage of people get worse pain that does not subside into better pain after epidural steroid injection?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Rare

Usually less than 5% have that happen.

In brief: Rare

Usually less than 5% have that happen.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: This is dependent on

The diagnosis for which the injection is being given and on the technique used, i.
e., image guided. In general, 50% experience good relief and the rest do not with a 1-2% rate of a spinal headache and equivalent percent or less feeling temporarily worse for a day or two.

In brief: This is dependent on

The diagnosis for which the injection is being given and on the technique used, i.
e., image guided. In general, 50% experience good relief and the rest do not with a 1-2% rate of a spinal headache and equivalent percent or less feeling temporarily worse for a day or two.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Edwin Perez
Pain Management

In brief: Pain

A lot. There is an assumption that back pain always comes from the spine.
This is too simplistic. If ur pain did not get better...Look for other causes.

In brief: Pain

A lot. There is an assumption that back pain always comes from the spine.
This is too simplistic. If ur pain did not get better...Look for other causes.
Dr. Edwin Perez
Dr. Edwin Perez
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2 comments
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Given for the appropriate indications, by a specialist using proper trchnique, there is minimal risk of pain worsening
Dr. Edwin Perez
Actually it can worsen. Example if a transforaminal injection is done in area w tight stenosis the pain can get much worse before better
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