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Anybody had steroid injections to the backbone before?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Ffolkes, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. Ffolkes

    Ffolkes

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    So my CT scan results are back and it seems in my L4/5 area I have a reduced opening to pass the bundle of nerves that normally route through there. This is pinching them and causing some trouble obviously. This is the same area I had trouble with 5 years ago (Spondylolesthesis) and there is now evidence of arthritis starting there.

    While I have some specialists to talk to first, my doctor is recommending a steroid injection to the area and believes this will provide me with much relief.

    Anybody had this done recently? How did it work out for you?

    What is a steroid anyway and what will it do to/for me? How big is the frickin needle that they use to do this??
     
  2. Willieboy

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    My Mother had a coupe of injections. The first time, she got good relief. The second time, less so. Apparently, much depends on the location of the injection. If the doc hits the right place, you're good to go.
     

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    I work in an evironment such as this. It seems to work for people but, usually takes two to three inj. for it to give enough relief. At least that's what the patients say. Probably depends on the amount of damage as well. Epidural Steroid Injections are really only good for short term relief. They'll most likely give you some sort of anesthesia, so that harpoon size needle really won't matter! :rofl: No, seriously, patients rarely complain---- you'll do just fine.
     
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    I had it done twice by a pain relief specialist trying to clear up a chronic pain in my right side and leg. MRI and x-ray shows a lot of stuff wrong back there but the injections I got didn't really fix anything. I had way more success with a very reputable physical therapist that I went to for months and paid for on my own dime because he didn't take my insurance. Also, the headaches I had after those two injections were a real PITA. They weren't excruciating but they never subsided...just a dull throb ALL THE TIME for a few days.

    Greg
     
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    Good timing on the thread! I just had a neurosurgery consult with the doctor this morning to look at my MRI photos and we discovered a herniated disk at L5 that has been causing a crapload of pain in my left leg. He prescribed steroid injections and physical therapy first...then surgery if the result isn't to my liking. I'm a bit nervous about it, so I'm eager to tap the general knowledge of GT as well.
     
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    I have two bulged discs and one of them is torn. You guessed it: L4/5. I had steroid injections there twice. It did help (although it won't actually fix the problem), and there was no pain at all.
     
  8. frank4570

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    I've had a few. The ones where they go in through the tail bone and really pump a lot in works best for me, a lot better than getting the fluid right in between the disks. It hurts me pretty bad. I can't be sober when I go in.
    But it is plenty worth it for me.

    I think everybody responds differently to every treatment.
     
  9. glockrod

    glockrod NRA-Endow. Life

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    Felt like a new man, and almost immediately helped me. I still have back pain, but have never had to have anymore steroid shots. I would do it again before I dare to entertain surgery.

    Rod
     
  10. bobby_w

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    Worked for me. L4/L5.

    I had 3 sessions, shots on both sides 2 years ago and so far the terrible pain is gone.