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.