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Old 05-09-2007, 02:32 PM   #1
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Bad reaction to Cervical epidural?

Went in for a Cervical Epidural about a month and a half ago for nerve damage in my neck. Informed the doctors and staff that I had had bad reactions previously to steroid injections in my wrist and knee, specifically in my knee where severe pain started almost immediately to the point of crying and whimpering and couldn't use my knee for over a week as it was unresponsive, docs said they must have just nicked a nerve on the previous injections. Underwent the epidural under a local (I hate sedation, react badly) and it wasn't as bad as I was expecting but did have to mention the pain several times during the actual injection. Ever since that night I haven't had the pain I went in for but instead I have had a worse pain. Searing pain along the whole back of my neck, back of my shoulders and down my back to the bottom of my shoulder blades radiating out from approximately the location of the injection on the spine. Doctors won't really say anything one way or the other as to if this is normal, they just keep throwing pain meds at me. Has anyone else had this? Did they screw something up or does my body just really not like steroid injections? Never had problems with oral steroids, been on several Medrol dose packs. Now though I can't work, can't do much of anything, can't even get dressed by myself and had to cut my hair a lot shorter because I couldn't manage to even brush it. Thanks for any input.

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Old 05-10-2007, 09:44 AM   #2
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Re: Bad reaction to Cervical epidural?


Fortunately, I cannot relate to your unfortunate situation, as my two ESIs were uneventful.

Do consult another physician, perhaps a neurologist who is in no way connected with your surgeon. If your surgeon is part of a large hospital, find out who the patient advocate social worker is and contact that person. Don't rule out legal help, but avoid it if possible. In the meantime, document, document, document.

You are in the Houston area, so you have the resources available to fire and rehire medical practioners - do it if you need to.

All the best to you,


Old 05-14-2007, 05:12 PM   #3
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Re: Bad reaction to Cervical epidural?

Well I'm glad your expierences were positive Kathy. I've heard plenty of stories both ways, even having bad and good reactions in the same person to different shots. I've consulted my PCP, a spine specialist, a neurologist, none of them really say anything, they just go "Ehh, give it a week." and give me more pain meds.
The doc that did the actual injection did it at a surgical center, so not sure if he is part of an actual hospital but I'll be looking into that next. What would a patient advocate social worker be able to help with? Also what exactly would you recommend documenting?
I've already been doing plenty of firing and hiring on the doctor front heh, just not too easy to know where to go because I think this all is related with the conditions that took me in for the epidural.
Thanks for your time Kathy

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