Re: Epidural Steroid Injections
I agree with KathyMac...people have different experiences from ESI's...many of them favorable. I had 2 which I felt gave me relief, both in my L4...I got significant relief for 3 months.
I think some of the 'negative' experiences you have been reading may have been mine. I have had significantly increased pain since my last ESI. However, from what I understand there is not clear study to show how rare this is. Many people have positive experiences. The thing I wish I had done differently was read a little more about it, and asked more questions from my doc...it just seemed like such a common procedure and I was desperate to get out of pain.
For example, from what I read (and again, only what I read) you are onlly supposed to have 3 a year. I didn't know this and ended up having 8 in 5 months. I also didn't know that a rare percentage of people have an allergic reaction to either the steroid or the preservatives it's stored in. Also, that a single vial should not be used for more than one injection (which is what happened to me). Again, this is what I have read and only my experience.
As KathyMac pointed out, many people benefit from these injections.
Best of luck, and I hope you get the relief you hope for from your procedure, as so many have.