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epidural injections for herniated disc?
nurse83 Wrote:the w/c doctor told me when he referred me to the orthpedist that I would "be getting epidural injections" I have herniated discs, nerve compression and some tears at L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1...........now I don't have much faith in the w/c doctor anyway and I intend to research this before my appointment but I don't know that this is the treatment of choice for my problems?!?!

so, come on, back people, let me hear from you. Thanks!

I have to say that your symptoma are pretty much as mine;injections did not help at all;it was temporary relief from pain but then it came back much worst then before; now I have trouble moving and standing for more then an hour...Iam going in for a laminectomy-dicetomy ,, L3-L4-L5 ANNULAR TEAR; GOOD LUCK TO YOU;;epidural did not work for me
(02-07-2008, 03:17 AM)DH Wrote: DH tried this 2x, didn't work for him at all. It does, however, work for some, even if it only brings relief for awhile.

Epidural injections or "blocks" may be recommended. These are injections of corticosteroid into the epidural space (the area around the spinal nerves), performed by a doctor with special training in this technique. The initial injection may be followed by one or two more injections at a later date, and should be done as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation and treatment program.

Trigger point injections are injections of local anesthetics (sometimes combined with corticosteroids) directly into painful soft tissue or muscles along the spine or over the back of the pelvis. While occasionally useful for pain control, trigger point injections do not help heal a herniated lumbar disc.

Be very careful with how many and over what length of time you receive these shots.  I have had several in my lower back, more in my neck and even more in both knees.  I now have an immune deficiency and the only common denominator in these shots.

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