Originally Posted by wlcasper
Went in for an injection this morning. My problem area is left C3-C4 and right C5-C6. When I checked in the procedure was for C7-T1. I was told by the physician that there is more room at this level and that the steroids will travel up the spine. When I asked him why he didn't explain the level he was going to inject he said that most patients don't care, they just know they are having a spinal injection. I cancelled because it was not what I was expecting. Anyone have this same experience? Just didn't feel right.
The norm is to inject them at a level lower than where the problem is. Your doctor is not doing anything wrong.
That being said I will never have another epidural. In my case it caused major scar tissue at both levels that had herniated discs removed and caused the extruded disc to adhere to the dura and the surgeon had to dissect it off. He did say my case was unusual in that it was at both levels so I am not the norm I guess. However, one of my neighbors had an acdf a few years back and was told by her surgeon he was glad she never had epidurals because they make things worse.