Re: epidural steroid injection yesterday causing pain
The epidural injections initially come in a series of three stretched out 10-days to 2 weeks apart. You may see little to no relief from the first one, and should proceed with the second one. Usually if after the second one.. if you see no improvement at all, chances are the 3rd one may not do much more for you either. But.. if the second one helps a little, then the 3rd one might just help give you some relief.
My first one hurt very badly.. cuz i was not numb enough and partly because I was so swollen that the meds only got in so far. And I was sore almost the whole time between first two injections, so discomfort level will vary person to person. Ice yourself down Hoyt, it really helps take the edge off the sorness. I had a total of 6 epidural injections over the coure of a year and several SI joint injections too.
I think you should proceed with the second one to see if it makes a difference for you. The 2nd one.. didnt hurt that much and I was out and about right after where as the first one.. I could barely walk. So it did bring down the swelling enough to provide some initial relief for me.
Ibuprofen.. don't know anything about that.. so no comment there.
Drinking with meds.. never advisable if you ask me. If it's one or the other.. make a choice which one is gonna ease things up more for you, but I wouldn't play roulette with meds you are unsure of how they will effect you when mixed. Since you are going to a huge party and sound like you want to go.. maybe drinking is the choice for you. I know I have certainly used a few beers instead of pain meds prior to my fusion surgery. It helped me, I have to be honest. Just dont drink and drive. Have a good time, take your mind off your back for a change.. and be safe. Tammy