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    dee Guest

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    IM SCHEDULED TO HAVE LUMBAR EPIDURAL INJECIONS DONE IWAS WONDERING IF ANYONE HAS HAD THESE DONE AND IF YOU THINK THEY AREONLY ATEMPORARY FIX IF SO IS RHEREANY OTHER PAIN MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES THAT GIVE PROLONG RELIEF THAT ANYONE KNOWS OF THANKS

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    I had 3 injections in 1-2 week intervals. The first one was wonderful (what a relief), but it wore off in a couple of days. The other 2 wore off even quicker. Boy they did feel good, but sorry, they were temporary for me. CP

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    The relief I had from them were minimal. I only had 2 due to the fact that they did not help much. Doctor felt no need to do the 3rd. I have also had facet block injections which were minimal and I have received many and still getting trigger point injections from pain management. Nothing that I have had has lasted any amount of time as for relief. I do think all of them are a temporary fix. I wish you better luck than I had with mine. I know they have worked for others better than they did for me. Maybe you will be one of the lucky ones. Keep your chin up and hang in there. Take care!
    MJC

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    My huband had these also. They were no help at all.

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    I had 2 series(6 shots) last year. The first shot was the best. I felt like a new man the next day. But the relief only lasted about a week. The 2nd and 3rd shot lasted only a few days. The second series of shots were done by a diffrent Dr. My injury is at L4-5 and L5-S1. The first shot he gave me @L4-5 lasted 2 weeks. The 2nd and 3rd did nothing. But I later found out after getting my copy of the Dr. report that the last 2 shots were done at L3-4.
    I say it's worth a try, sure beats the heck out of back surgery(as this should be a last resort especially back fusions.) Good luck!

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    The first series I received gave minimum short term relief. The next series gave no relief. The third, sometime later, really caused extreme chronic pain with the first injection. I was told it was caused by spinal stenosis that 'pocketed' the medication. Of course, that was the last attempt. BUT -
    I have now developed ARACHNOIDITIS which specialists feel was caused by the medication, amphotericin B, methotrexate, used in the injections along with several other contributors.

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    Default Re: Do Epidural Steroid Shots Work

    I had a series of 3 shots done after I had 2 lamenectomies. They had to give me the shots under x ray so they could go in through my side and passed the scar tissue build up.
    Nevertheless, I could tell alittle difference after the first, but none after the second two.
    It was truly a learning experience.

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    I had an LESI (lumbar) in May and got good relief, the first after having several other injections. This one was performed by a new PM doctor I starting seeing. Relief was good and I thought he was the miracle doctor. Pain returned about 3 weeks later. He performed another LESI (lumbar) in September and I got no relief to brag on. I just had another injection in this month after learning I have a broad based herniation in 2 areas of L 3-4 disc. The injection was a Transforaminal Injection instead of the LESI. My choices were to try the injection or be referred to the NS. Of course I chose the injection. I have gotten no relief and I am now heading to the NS as I am waiting for the appointment. In my opinion and my experience these injections are a temporary fix and with myself the fix was very short lived. Good luck to you and take care!
    MJC

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    Default Re: Do Epidural Steroid Shots Work

    I also had a series of 3 cervical epidurals (the max in one year). Felt no better then before the shots. I do know people that experienced temporary relief, as much as 6 months. In either case it is just a band aid, not a cure all
    Good luck
    Tom

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    Default Re: Do Epidural Steroid Shots Work

    I had two epidurals and one nerve block done since my injury. All three procedures were hellish nightmares for me that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemies and I will NEVER go through again. I honestly will suffer through pain for the rest of my life before having another one of those procedures done again. Not only were the actual procedures pure hell for me from beginning to end, but I got absolutely no relief ~ in fact I hurt 10 times worse afterwards and ended up bedridden for days after each one!

    Nope, never again for me...

    However, in all fairness, I do have friends that have had them done and have gotten great relief with each one. Some have had relief that has lasted for years even but all have had to have the procedures repeated at some point...either after a few months or after a few years.

    *sigh* I WISH I could have been lucky enough for some relief...

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