Hi Hoyt, Although everyones discs degenerate over time, your discs are degenerating at a faster rate than they would predict for someone your age. It's pretty safe to assume the location of the epidurals represent your greatest pain. They can be done anywhere in your spine from your neck down to your sacrum. People normally experience an initial increase of pain from the pressure created from the injecting additional material into the epidural space, but over the first few days it should migrate and spread and the idea is to reduce inflamation which hopefully decreases pain,increases range of motion. I think people are most disapointed when they expect a cure or complete lasting pain releief and that's smply not possible in every case. There are things you can do such as strengthenng, stretcvhing adjusting posture, etc. Hopefully you have been through some PT and learned some of the basic bad back excercise and stretching plans whiich will turn out to be crucial as time progresses and your condition progress.
Aside from individual experiences which widely varry, the injections are done for a purpose which this portion of an article explains the role of injections done by physiatrists and other specialties that practice PM since this type of injection does have some risks which limit the number that can be given yearly. I totallyagree with the statements made by the doctor about taking advantage of the relief you do get and as others have pointeds out, being greatful for 20% relief or 40% when you have a condition that can't be fixed, will likely get worse and excepting youhav to live with som e amount of pain even when the strongest meds are being used to trreat the pain. How fast DDD progress has more to do with the changes you make in your lifestyle than any procedure or med they can pescribe for DDD.
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Good luck, Dave
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