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I had a nerve root steroid injection for a disc bulge / sciatica, 7 days ago. This hasn't reduced my discomfort. Is there a chance it may still work?

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Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Although injections of this type may work in 1-7 days, it may take up to 3 weeks.
Be patient and continue activity as able in the meantime.

In brief: Yes

Although injections of this type may work in 1-7 days, it may take up to 3 weeks.
Be patient and continue activity as able in the meantime.
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Dr. Scott Naftulin
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Dr. Vikram Patel
Sometimes the most likely cause of a non-response is the technique of the performing physician. It is wrong to assume that every "pain doc" is trained to do these type of injections.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Can Take 2 Weeks

Epidural injections have a variable relief pattern and it really depends on the steroid used and location of pathology.
Typically epidural injections work best if placed next to or on top of the level of pathology. Sometimes these injections need to be repeated for sustained relief. Epidural injections if they work can provide from weeks to months of relief. Speak with your doctor re: options.

In brief: Can Take 2 Weeks

Epidural injections have a variable relief pattern and it really depends on the steroid used and location of pathology.
Typically epidural injections work best if placed next to or on top of the level of pathology. Sometimes these injections need to be repeated for sustained relief. Epidural injections if they work can provide from weeks to months of relief. Speak with your doctor re: options.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Foead Geula
Anesthesiology

In brief: possibly

Maximal benefit after a nerve root injection typically within 10-14 days after the procedure.

In brief: possibly

Maximal benefit after a nerve root injection typically within 10-14 days after the procedure.
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