Went back to see my Dr. today, after completing 4 more weeks of physical therapy with a McKenzie trained PT. (My Summary - I have cervical spinal stenosis and protruding disc. Weakness/tingling in left hand, spine "locks" up regularly, pain from neck to mid-thoracic spine).
I'm feeling really disappointed with myself now, as trying it again with a "McKenzie" trained therapist didn't help one bit. Actually, some of the McKenzie exercises made me worse, and we had to stop those treatments altogether to go a more traditional route. I did everything they asked to the letter, and believe me, they restricted me from just about everything.
So today, the doctor suggested epidural steroid injections as the next step. I'm scared - I've never had an epidural but I've read about some of the risks on the internet. The doctor assured me she has a qualified doctor in mind to do it, not some dude who gives shots out of the back of a mini-van or anything like that.
But she also explained it is a fairly serious next step - albeit for me it sounds like the only way I'll get any relief. I think I need to do this - my symptoms and pain are progressively getting worse. I notice new stuff, like tingling in my right hand now too. And I know that's not good.
Can you share your experiences with epidural steroid injections? All I know is it's a big needle, will hurt somewhat, and I can't drive myself there. She said I'll have to take it easy for two or three days afterwards, and may not get relief immediately. And oh yeah, she told me I shouldn't experience any additional weight gain, so if there's a bright side I guess that's it. What else do I need to worry about or expect?