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Old 12-01-2003, 10:38 AM   #1
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Question epidural steriod injection #2

hey there all you wonderful and helpful people. i just wanted to ask if anyone else had had another esi shot as close together as mine will be. my last one was on oct. 14th. it hurt like hell the first two days after it, but then the pain got alot better and i had better mobility and quality of life. my doc wants to give me another one on dec 9th, i can only get three in 6 months the nurse told me. should i wait till the pain gets real bad, or is this an insurance thing on their part or is having the initial two closer together really gonna help with the swelling and inflammation of those two lower herniated discs? sorry so many questions at once, i just feel like others out there like me can give me a better perspective than those at the dr. office can, they give me conflicting info. thanks for being there and listening, rr

 
Old 12-01-2003, 12:52 PM   #2
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Re: epidural steriod injection #2

I had one at the end of April of this year and another the first of June. The initial ESI should some improvement, so the DR was anxious to do another one in hopes that I would feel 100% better. Well, the 2nd one never really affected me one way or another, and now afetr several months from the initial injection am back to square one. It just depends on the indivdual and the severity of the condition...I'm told! Good luck, hope all goes well!

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Old 12-01-2003, 03:51 PM   #3
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Re: epidural steriod injection #2

Hi River, I don't really have an answer for you, sorry! But, I was just wondering if your pharmacist would be able to help you? They're suppose to be the specialists when it comes to meds right?? Worth a shot anyway, take care!!

 
Old 12-01-2003, 07:11 PM   #4
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Re: epidural steriod injection #2

rr,

I had an injection on Oct. 24 and was scheduled for another 3 weeks later. Since I seemed to be getting steadily better after the first injection, the doctor thought it would be reasonable to wait and see. He suggested (at least in my case) that the improvement was a reason not to try another injection. Since the injection helped me, when nothing else has, and I know that I only get 6 a year, I am happy to try and spread it out for as long as possible. If my pain had been worse, I wonder if I might have felt more desperate, and been more tempted to try another right away.

Good luck,
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Old 12-04-2003, 10:26 AM   #5
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Re: epidural steriod injection #2

thanks everyone for helping me out. i'll probably just go for another one and see how it helps me. the pt i've been doing does cause my back to hurt so maybe the shot will help with the ongoing inflammation. later, rr

 
Old 12-04-2003, 11:02 AM   #6
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Re: epidural steriod injection #2

My pain doctor, for my first set of epidurals, scheduled all three, each 2 weeks apart. The first 2 really helped me, so I cancelled the third.

It's my understanding that the limitation of 3 per year has to do with the location of the shot. If, for example, you have already had 3 general epidurals, that would not exclude you from having additional, targeted shots, say transforaminal shots at the L5 level on one side, and the L4 level on the other side (this is just an example).

So far this year, I have had 3 general epidurals, 1 transforaminal on the right L5, 1 transforaminal on the left L5, and I'm scheduled later this month for more transforaminals at S1 (left) and L4 (right). I trust my PM doctor completely, and I'm sure he would not be doing these shots if they were dangerous to me.

 
Old 12-04-2003, 03:34 PM   #7
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Re: epidural steriod injection #2

Did any of you have diagnosed discogenic pain only? My wife is scheduled in 2 weeks and we're not sure if it's going to help if the pain is in the disc.

 
Old 12-05-2003, 09:54 AM   #8
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Re: epidural steriod injection #2

thanks pippin for the info, i will definitely discuss the
differences and see where i go from there with my doc. hancke, sorry but i don't have an answer for you, hope you get some help soon, bye for now, wish me luck, rr

 
Old 12-05-2003, 09:26 PM   #9
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Re: epidural steriod injection #2

[QUOTE=river rat]thanks everyone for helping me out. i'll probably just go for another one and see how it helps me. the pt i've been doing does cause my back to hurt so maybe the shot will help with the ongoing inflammation. later, rr[/QUOTE]

I had one shot in August and it is still helping a lot. So my doctor said to wait until I "need" another one.

I've also been told that for my problem (herniated disk with sciatica) that I shouldn't do what hurts. I got some exercises from a physical therapist, but they made it feel worse, so I was told not to do them. Makes sense to me. If it hurts, don't do it....

Good luck!

 
Old 12-06-2003, 06:04 AM   #10
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Re: epidural steriod injection #2

Hi: My two cents here. I get these shots every 6 months to a year. I try to way as long as I can for the shots. I'm about ready for another series of 3. These shots tend to be given in a series of 3. They are usually given 2 weeks apart. They DO help my lumbar spine a great deal. I have a lot of inflammation and these shots bring down inflammation. They work for some people, but not for everyone. I had my last series in June and July. I have been told that if they get the injection into the right spot, it hurts. I've heard that is a good sign. Some people cannot tolerate these shots. I always ask for conscious sedation and it is so much easier for me with the sedation. Otherwise, I get mass anxiety and also, whenever they do a shot without sedation, tears just roll down my face. I don't really "boohoo", my tears just roll down my cheeks. Thus, I ask for sedation. (they give me Demoral and the visteral {visteral relaxes you and helps the Demoral work better}). Take care, Patmg

 
Old 12-08-2003, 10:56 AM   #11
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Re: epidural steriod injection #2

thanks for sharing and i will ask more questions and feel more confident going back to the doc, i hate getting the shots and all, but they do help. i just hope there aren't any complications or long term problems down the road form having them. rr

 
Old 12-08-2003, 03:26 PM   #12
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Re: epidural steriod injection #2

Well, I just found out I have Osteopenia (low bone density) and since the steroids in the injections are bad for that, I won't be able to have any more. So, there are potential issues with the shots.

In any case, good luck!

 
Old 12-16-2003, 09:57 PM   #13
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Re: epidural steriod injection #2

[QUOTE=river rat]hey there all you wonderful and helpful people. i just wanted to ask if anyone else had had another esi shot as close together as mine will be. my last one was on oct. 14th. it hurt like hell the first two days after it, but then the pain got alot better and i had better mobility and quality of life. my doc wants to give me another one on dec 9th, i can only get three in 6 months the nurse told me. should i wait till the pain gets real bad, or is this an insurance thing on their part or is having the initial two closer together really gonna help with the swelling and inflammation of those two lower herniated discs? sorry so many questions at once, i just feel like others out there like me can give me a better perspective than those at the dr. office can, they give me conflicting info. thanks for being there and listening, rr[/QUOTE]

I had a series of three epidural steriod injections, and they were each two weeks apart. Make sure you know what drug they are planning to give you, and read up on it. Depo-Medrol is commonly used, although it's not approved for this purpose.

 
Old 12-17-2003, 11:04 AM   #14
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Re: epidural steriod injection #2

[QUOTE=SparkyB]I had a series of three epidural steriod injections, and they were each two weeks apart. Make sure you know what drug they are planning to give you, and read up on it. Depo-Medrol is commonly used, although it's not approved for this purpose.[/QUOTE]

SparkyB
Did you have any problems with the injections and did they use Depo-Medrol?
Kenalog is not approved for this either. Have done a whole lot of research after the fact. Wish I had done it before.
Deb

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Old 12-18-2003, 12:42 AM   #15
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Re: epidural steriod injection #2

I had a shot last month that did nothing at all for me. I am going for a second shot on December 31st. Im keeping my fingers crossed that it will give me even the tiniest bit of relief for the awful sciatica & excruciating hip pain I have been having. Im also going for a Myelogram to see where the nerve is being pinched. Good luck to you all.

 
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