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Old 07-17-2007, 08:30 PM   #1
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Epidural Injections for LBP

OK...I'm faced after my fusion of calling my Pain Management MD for again some relief...I've had about 5 epidural cortison injections/blocks and radiofrequency ablation. The first few epidurals worked better than the last...and after getting through the pain after the injections, if I got a week and a half of pain relief out of any of them I was lucky!

Any options those of you have used that have seemed to be a little more long lasting?


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Old 07-17-2007, 11:19 PM   #2
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Re: Epidural Injections for LBP

Hi J

I was just wondering why you went for so many injections if the first ones only gave you a week or so of relief?

Surely it means you need some other treatment?

I had my Facets injected and had 2 days relief but refused to have them again.
If they didnt work first time why do them again!

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Old 07-18-2007, 05:28 AM   #3
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Re: Epidural Injections for LBP

Jay--I'm not sure when you had your fusion , if you did have one ? But your not supposed to have steroid injection until your bones have fused.
Steroids will eat away soft tissue and bone mass.

I think we all been through them injection's at one time with our back injuries. There not pleasant at all and only gave most of us little relief for a short time if any. Sure hope you get some kind of relief soon , it's enough to drive a person insane !


Old 07-18-2007, 12:38 PM   #4
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Re: Epidural Injections for LBP

UM...that was the ONLY option offered to me prior to having 3 surgeries...apparently I'm an 'odd' case that doesn't respond to the injections well...I did have a few cortisone injections back in the day (like 5 years ago) for some heel problems I was having and noticed that they didn't last long mother and sister both have the same response to's just say I was a pincushion until an MRI was done after 2 epidurals and the RFA and we saw it wasn't just random nerve pain but two discs causing the problem.

I had a two level fusion this February after two hemilamenectomies in the four months prior to the's not that I haven't tried anything but the husband is also a Physical Therapist who is specialized in Orthopedic Clinical Practice so I have him at my disposal in addition to aquatic therapy which I began in April of this year to help progress from the fusion.

I guess I was just looking for options post-fusion in regards to pain management...if the injections worked better post-fusion because the etiological cause of the pain should have been corrected, etc.

Problem is...the pain is almost worse than prior to surgery...that seems to be a common experience huh? If you have any directions or options that you've used to bring up to my MD that would be great!


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Old 07-18-2007, 12:41 PM   #5
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Re: Epidural Injections for LBP


I'm post fusion 5 months...I guess I'm just trying to get my ducks in a row as I'm pretty sure I'm going to end up calling the Pain Mgmt MD early next week for an appt...looking for anything else that may work and offer a more long term solution...two weeks would be great


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Re: Epidural Injections for LBP


A lot of us find that the shots just don't seem the do the trick. And my therapist, along with my accupuncturist have both told me that if I would have kept having the shots, eventually they damage the nerve. They harden the nerve coating/casing and do damage to it. Neither one of them are in favor of the injections...but my surgeon sure is. I just keep smiling at him and avoiding scheduling any more of them.

If I were you, just say, ummm let me get back to you on that...and run, or roll or hobble away as fast as you can....[/COLOR]

Old 07-19-2007, 02:30 AM   #7
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Re: Epidural Injections for LBP

LOL...most likely hobble...

I would be willing to try one more simply based on the fact that the underlying problems should be resolved...yet...I'm looking for other options from my Pain Mgmt MD...we'll see soon!


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