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Old 01-09-2012, 05:35 PM   #1
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Anybody been really helped by one ESI


I am having my first ESI on Friday for annular tear/disc protrusion at L5/S1. Just wondering if anybody has had just one injection and really been helped, thus not needing additional injections. I am hoping that this will really give my body the jump start it needs to get the healing process going. Was just dx with it in Sept. It measured 4-5 mm in dimension. Anyone's experiences are greatly appreciated!!!

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Old 01-10-2012, 04:24 PM   #2
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Re: Anybody been really helped by one ESI

Hi there,
I had an ESI three weeks ago today for a bulging disc at L4 and L5 which was apparently pressing on a nerve. I was told it would take 2-3 weeks for me to notice any change. I have to say, there have been a lot of good days, but I didn't do a whole lot over Christmas so it could be down to that. Obviously, I'm hoping that isn't the case, and that the injection worked! I guess I'll know more in the next few days. It is my first ESI, but I had different injections earlier this year which didn't really help at all. Good luck with your ESI, I hope you get some relief, or even better, recover completely!

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Old 01-16-2012, 01:54 PM   #3
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Re: Anybody been really helped by one ESI

About how long does it take for you to really notice a change? I had it done on Friday, but my pain level actually went up some, now it's kind of back to where it was. Does this mean I need to have another one, or just give it more time to work?

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Re: Anybody been really helped by one ESI

Everyone reacts differently so it is hard to give you a direct answer. It is not unusual to be in more pain after the procedure. Sometimes it can take a week before a patient notices any posiative I wouldn't give up hope yet!

The injections are usually given two weeks apart, sometimes longer, but not usually sooner than around 10 days.

Doctors almost always recommend having two injections. Then if there is no positive change in pain, the third injection is not given...there isn't much chance a third one will work if there has been no positive reaction to the other two.

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