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Old 06-10-2011, 12:46 PM   #1
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Epidural Injections?

I'm having my first one next week. What should I expect? I'm scared

 
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Re: Epidural Injections?

Mom-I can't answer to the epidural injections-mine are the cadual ones-up throught the bottom of the tailbone. Wanna trade? If you are worried, ask your doctor for a valium, that should take the edge off. That is what my pm gave me before my first one.

The will numb the area and you are laying on a fleuroscope maching so that he can get the needle in just the correct spot to do the optimum amount of good. With my injections I feel-I guess the best was to describe it is pressure when he puts the medicine in..It's slightly uncoimfortable, but I would rather have that than an EMG! Then I got a bandaide over the spot-I was so disappointed-it was only plain beige. No sparkles, no hearts, just plain old beige. Then I get up and go home.

I do find that I spend the rest of the day "recovering", but that's about the extent of it....sounds rather dull doesn't it? Don't let it scare you. It's not such a terrible thing. I do hope that you find relief from it though.

 
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Old 06-10-2011, 02:20 PM   #3
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Re: Epidural Injections?

Ok, That doesnt sound too too bad. If it's easier than an EMG, I'll be ok. Will I be okay the next day? I have stuff to do; I wonder if I should reschedule it?

 
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Re: Epidural Injections?

Hi there....Yes...it's night and day from an EMG....what type injection are you having? Is it with the flouroscope or x-ray?...and are they just using steroids in the shot?

The good part about injections are that they not only provide the steroid...the needle itself will 'break up' the inflammation caused by the proteins and chemicals in our body.

I also felt just 'pressure' and a very small amount of soreness from the needle afterwards...they were done in my cervical region...and was fine by that evening without any type of pain.

The one thing that I didn't pay attention to in the literature, was that steroids cause some people to have insomnia...so I felt pretty wired for a few days and had trouble sleeping...the good side was having plenty of energy!..LOL..

You should be good to go for anything you need to do the next day...Of course ask your Dr. to verify...

Keep us posted

 
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Well good. That makes me less worried. I've read some scary stuff about IV's and people needing tranquilizers and such. I have no idea what type of injection I'm getting. He brought it up at my last appointment and I said 'Sure! I'll try anything'. Then they called to schedule it, told me I'd need a driver, and that's all I know. I started to ask questions and she said 'the Dr will go over everything at the appointment'.

 
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