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Old 08-06-2012, 09:34 PM   #1
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8/15/12 first appt for Epidural Shot C3-4

May 10, 2012 I got rear ended and the accident left me with a herniated disc in my C3-4 which is exiting my nerve root. I'm 28yrs old and I'm trying every options before surgery. I have an Appt to get my first Epidural Steroid shot and I'm extremely nervous and scared. This question has probably been asked many times on this thread but what are your opinions on the shot? If you have gotten the epidural shot did it relieve some pain? Or do you regret getting it? Would you recommend the epidural shot? I know in the future eventually I'm going to have to get the surgery but as of now Im willing to try anything that could possibly minimize the pain level in my neck and shoulders. I also have two herniated discs in my lower back but my neck pain is so excruciating that all my attention is on the upper part of my body.

 
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Re: 8/15/12 first appt for Epidural Shot C3-4

Before I answer your question, let me preface my comment with this. What works for one person may not work for another person.

I never had an epidural of the cervical area. Mine were for the lumbar region. But I have had lumbar and cervical issues over the years and have been thru extensive surgeries on both areas.

As to the epidurals, I have been thru them several times. I can't remember exactly how many times I've tried it. But from what I recall first of all they will limit the amount of injections you receive to 3 injections in a period of time.

The times I went thru them I found the first injection I tended to have some relief from them, but for very short periods of time. When I say short periods of times it usually means that I had some relief for several days or so. So I would go thru the 2nd injection. I found that after the 2nd injection I didn't have any relief whatsover. So it was decided not to proceed with the 3rd injection.

This happened with all the injections that I had. I don't recall if I had tried epidrual 2, 3 or 4 times. Its been years since Ive done it and felt that after several attempts, future epidurals were NOT an option for me.

That being said that they did not work for me personally, I have heard of people over the years that had good results with epidurals where the benefits lasted a long time.

I would suggest giving it a try. Try conservative treatment when ever possible before jumping into surgery. Good luck and let us know how you make out.

 
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:34 AM   #3
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Re: 8/15/12 first appt for Epidural Shot C3-4

Thank you for your insight. I will def try the first set of shots and see what it does for me. But the spine doctor also said if the first shots doesn't do anything then I shouldn't get the other sets as well. But I'm praying that it does work and minimize my pain. If this doesn't bring down my pain then my only option is surgery or just live with the pain. Is the epidural steroid shot different than the cortisone shots? Or are they the same?

 
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Re: 8/15/12 first appt for Epidural Shot C3-4

Is the epidural shot the same as nerve blockers?

 
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