Three in a year is the max. You have had how many now? Eight in two months? That is nuts.
There is a lot of information out there on these shots. They contain poison. I am not being a radical. Ask to read the package insert. Most contain the same thing as radiator fluid. The insert states that they are not intended for the spine. They were only intended to be used as diagnostic tools. If they work, then you know that you had inflammation. If they don't work, then you know that something is causing the inflammation and they move on to try to fix it. Usually, with time, inflammation goes away on its own. But, people seem to want a quick fix and doctors want money, so shots are being given more than ever.
If the first three shots did not work, WALK AWAY
The ESI's cause tissue damage that is irreverseable. Why take that chance????
The last time that I went in with shoulder pain, the doctor did X-rays. She said, "Arthritis". I walked back into the exam room after the X-ray and she had the needle all laid out. I asked her why she thought that I wanted a ESI. She said that everyone did. She just assumed. A month later, after I stopped sleeping with my arms over my head, I no longer had shoulder pain without the shot.
There is an online publication that addresses the ESI's, The Burton Report. Educate yourself on this. The doctors sure are not going to tell you what you need to know.
Get an EMG. If it is a nerve, adddress the nerve.
I wish you luck in this. I know that a lot of people here swear by the shots, but I don't thin kthat anyone here would agree with the number of shots that you have had.
If you research a little farther you will find a disease that is caused by the shots, I can't spell it but it starts with an A. It is diabilitating. If I find it later, I will post it.