Re: Epidural steroid injections back and neck *help* Sorry....long
I have oesteopenia, repetitive strain injury, two herniated disks in neck,
sciatica, and muscle spasms. I take Ultracet for pain right now, but want to switch to another medication because this drug changes the brain. I wanted a pain reliever that works through another mechanism.
The physical therapy facility I go to has therapists. chiropractors, and a board certfied physiatrist (doctor of pysical medicine). Recently they brought in a pain management doctor to the group, and gave me an appointment with him. He tried to talk me into getting shots in the neck so I asked him if they were considered nerve blocks and he said yes. I remembered a therapist telling me they see very few patients with nerve blocks, so I was thinking it might not be a good thing to do. I told him I would think about it, but a friend of mine who is a board certified doctor (he does not treat me) told me NEVER to let any doctor put injections in my neck.
I did some research on the injections and there is controversy about whether the patient should be put under anethesia so they don't move during the injection, or whether the patient should be conscious so if they feel pain the doctor will know not to go any further. There is a risk the doctor will not hit the right spot, or the patient will move unintentionally.
Another reason I wouldn't do it is the steoids because I have osteopenia. The doctor claimed there was not enough steroids in the shots to effect the bones, but I didn't want to take any chances with my bones or paralysis so I refused treatment.
Good luck with your decision.