Re: Epidural injection versus surgery
It can't hurt to do the third shot. Then wait and see, for a few weeks, if you have any improvement in your symptoms.
For me the ESI did work for about a year on my low back and 2 years on my neck. If they work they are well worth it. But if they don't then many have had much success with surgery. I'm headed for another back fusion but my first one worked well for 18 years. I have some ligament and tendon problems that leads to joints (including my spine joints) to move around too much so I'm looking forward to having L3 added to my fusion so I can get back to normal.
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08