Hey yall I had my first epidural yesterday. Couldn't feel the needle but the part where they actually injected was uncomfortable just because it was so much fluid i guess. anyway, I really took it easy all day yesterday, just laid around and watched TV with my girlfriend and stuff, my back was hurtin' pretty much the whole time. Now its been a little over 24 hours and the comfort level has not changed.
I know I shouldn't be expecting relief for the first few days, but how long does it take for the initial discomfort to fade. also i have a couple more questions
- When can I start taking Ibuprofen again?
-I'm going to a huge band party on friday night, can I drink?
-Can I drink while taking Ibuprofen? I've done this before, I heard its not bad for you but for some reason that sounds iffy
-When does the steroid usually kick in?
-If i don't get much relief this time, how manyy should I get before I quit getting them? do most people need moret than one to get relief??
Re: first epidural yesterday...causing more discomfort?
Hi Hoyt---I can't answer your question about the injection--I'm having mine on the 5th and I'm glad to here it wasn't painful as I've been quite scared!! My pm has told me he may have to give me up to three esi's before I see any improvement. As for drinking with the Ibu, docs have always said if you take a lot of it, then it could be harmful to your liver. I think there is a warning about three drinks a day on the label. I live on the stuff myself and I was a weekend drinker, sometimes taking it with my beer. If you don't do it all the time it shouldn't hurt you is what my dr told me. Depends on what kind of shape you are in, every body is differant and only your dr can really advise you on that one. For me, I don't worry about doing it. My liver is healthy. so far. good luck!
I had one epidural steroid injection. It didn't do anything for me. You will probably have discomfort for 2 days then see an improvement in the pain level. If the steroid works for you, you'll continue to see improvement. I hope that's the case for you.
I don't know about the ibuprofen. I'd be careful with it, especially if you've taken it for a while. I can no longer take any nsaids or ibuprofen. I don't think I'd take it and drink.
Some people get relief within the first few days and some don't get any relief at all. That was the case for me I experienced horrible pain for 1 week worse than I felt prior to the injection. I had to take pain killers (narcotic). The horrible pain ended but I still had the original pain. Don't want to scare you but not all injections work for everyone. It really depends on the injury and how long from injury to injection. I had 4 and none worked.
As far as drinking and medication it is always never a good idea to mix. The alcohol intensifies the drugs, which can be harmful. Especially muscle relaxers. The organs in your body are muscles so if you relax them they won't function and you could die. There have been cases that the heart was so effected it stopped working.
If you are in discomfort I don't see why you couldn't take the ibuprofen unless your doctor told you not to take it.
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
I agree with the others that it can take several days for the pain to subside. In my case they didn't work and caused more permanent damage than good.
It takes about a week before you'll actually feel the effects of it if it works at all. They have about a 50% sucess rate. Try using ice for 20 minutes every hour, it should help to minimize the pain and swelling. Do not use heat if there is any type of swelling as it will induce the swelling even further.
Re: first epidural yesterday...causing more discomfort?
Hi I just had my epidural this morning. It really didn't hurt just uncomfortable and alot of pressure feeling. The numbing shots were the most painful. He told me I could resume my pain meds right away. He also said it would be 3-4 days before I would start noticing any improvement in my pain level. If I still have pain after a week then I'm supposed to call so he can do the second injection. He said I can have up to 3 in a year. He also said to not wait if the pain isnt any better in a week. My left leg has been numb since I had this done this morning. Is yours?