Re: what is and what does cotisone epidural shots do for pain ?
When you get one of these injections, the doctor sticks a needle very close to your spinal cord (in between your vertebrae) and injects a steroid medication. The steroid is supposed to reduce any inflammation or swelling that could be occurring in the vertebral joints or near your spinal cord. The theory is that swelling in that area could be causing your pain, or at least part of your pain. By reducing that swelling, your pain goes down. Some people will say it takes a couple of days to start working, and some people don't feel any relief until after the second or third injection. I have had three courses
(3 shots each) and they have only helped me a little, however my brother got tremendous relief from them in his lower back.
You have to get the shots in a procedure room under a special xray machine (called a floroscope-sp?) and it's very technical. It only takes about 15 minutes though. I got mine in the cervical spine, and they wouldn't let me drive myself home after the first few shots in case my arm fell asleep after the shot.
Are you getting them in the cervical or lumbar spine?