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Epidural shots for back pain

RossJamesRRossJames Posts: 18
edited 12/23/2017 - 9:59 AM in Chronic Pain

On the 29th of November I had my first shot of an epidural steroid injection in my spine to treat my sciatica that affects my L4 and L5.

It's almost a month later and the pain has eased but isn't tolerable. For example, I can now walk for a few minutes pain free as before it would be instant, however the pain is still there, after ten minutes of walking I get a lot of agony.

At first I assumed maybe my legs are just weak as I have no muscles but I've noticed when I cough, laugh and sneeze I get bad back and leg pain just like before. My little brother accidentally pushed past me the other day and I jolted forwards, it really hurt me.

If I'm 21 and can't even take bumps from a ten year old then in my opinion it hasn't done the trick. I have a catchup meeting with my spinal specialist or whatever he is on the 18th of Jan.

I feel like if i say that it's eased a bit I will be made to go back to work, which would be a nightmare because it's only eased my pain in the tiniest way, I am still cripple like.

If I say it's only eased it a tiny bit and explain I am still in pain and don't think I could do any job with it (I'm currently on the sick note) will they allow me to remain on sick? Because if not I'll probably lie and exaggerate my problems because I'm not doing 9-5 shifts in my current situation.

Another thing I've been thinking about is do the shots (I am scheduled for two more if they work) ease the pain the more you have them, is it a gradual sort of thing?

I need some advice



  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 3,437


    I know, but have to say it, everyone is different. We've had some members have them and the injections worked great.
    For me, of all the countless ones I've had, I had one to last a few weeks. I take a low dose anti inflammatory every day to help offset some of the inflammation. But the one thing that did help was a caudal block, it lasted about a month and gave me a lot of relief.
    Usually the shots are done in 3 segments so of course you have more probability of them helping.

    Take care and keep us posted .

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  • Hey all...So glad to find a forum to share ....Ive been at this for 5 years ...Spinal stenosis, herniated discs ...its endless....Ive been on every med,conservative treatments, i even tried Med Marijuana....To no avail my head just went back to 1980 and with the same pain....Now its totally down my left leg after a round of prednisone.....Im so done...Probably gonna do the decompression surgery..even though i really dont want to go that route...but at this point i cant walk...Quality of life issue.

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  • Combo, most of us have tried the conservative route as well and all have ended up at the same place lol.

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 3,437

    Welcome to Spine-Health

    What David said is so true. We all want to do conservative but our body gets to a point where "it" can't anymore. Your mind says lets do everything else possible but the body says" nope, had enough".
    And when you get to that point, listen to your body.

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  • ArizonaAArizona ArizonaPosts: 69
    edited 12/25/2017 - 8:33 PM
    Memerainbolt wrote:

    "For me, of all the countless ones I've had, I had one to last a few weeks. I take a low dose anti inflammatory every day to help offset..."

    Sounds something like me. Not countless but nine epidurals, and only one did anything, the 7th, and it worked so good i was telling people i was cured. Unfortunately it lasted only a week and a half. I certainly didn't want anymore but the neurologist sent me to another pain clinic doctor who he said is the best, and the doctor told me he does it differently, so now I'm scheduled for a tenth!

    "Caudal block". Did i have that? I don't even know. I've done so many things, including some kind of block, but it didn't help whatever it was.

    What is an anti inflamatory? I take some tramadol. Sometimes it seems to help. Maybe I don't take enough, but i hate taking drugs, and i read about it being badly addictive.
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