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Lumbar Epi. Steriod Inj.
darlyn05 posted:
Wondering how many members have had a Lumbar Epidural Steriod Injection, and what the outcome of the injection(s) were/are.

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If you have had a Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection:
  • Was it helpful to reduce the pain, and how long did it last?
  • Did it worsen your pain and discomfort?
  • Did it have no effect on the pain?
  • What other means did you use to reduce the pain?
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bj1208 responded:
hi and welcome to the support group -

I thought instead of taking your poll I would answer your question -

Lumbar epidural injections are very common practice administered either by spine specialists or pain management clinics. The majority of members that have back/neck problems do have these injections.

As for me - I've had every sort of injection into my back/buttocks area and have not had any relief from them - my pain levels did not get better but they also did not get worse - and no the injections had no effect on the pains. These injections can be repeated in 2 weeks as it does take time for the medicine to get into the areas to start working

I've also tried Radio Frequency Nerve Ablation where they go in and deaden certain nerve endings to try and control the pain that way - sometimes this procedure must be repeated until they can find the correct spot. Again, this procedure did not work on me and DID make my pains worse.

I have tried the TENS Unit, this increased my pain levels

I tried the Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial Implant - this did reduce the pains in my legs, however it did increase the pains in my back

the only thing that is working for me is pain medication being administered through a PHYSIATRIST Pain Management clinic - they go deeper into pain management control than regular pain clinics.

Please remember, we are all different - with different pain tolerance levels - while there are many people walking around with bulging and/or blown out discs and are not in pain and then there are others, like me, that have a slight bulge that causes extreme chronic pains. we also heal differently - while some could heal from back/neck surgery in 2-4 months it could take others a year or longer -

I hope this helps - I had back surgery 3 years ago - Fusion L5-S1 everything went well with the surgery, but they could not do anything for the chronic lower back pain or the nerve damage in both legs. I have been a member of WEBMD support group for 5 years now - you can click on my pic or name and read my story -

Take care - ^Joy^
joyhen responded:
I obtained wonderful relief from my first round of three injections and am planning to have the second round soon. The immediate pain relief was amazing. This relief continued for about 10 weeks before the discomfort reappeared.
bj1208 replied to joyhen's response:
joyhen - welcome to the support group -

that is wonderful news!!!! I am so happy that the injections are working for you -

you can click on my name or pic to read my story or look above your post -

I've been thru all treatments and they have failed - but am so happy that they are working for you -

keep us posted - take care - Joy

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