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Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI): A Patient's Perspective

Updated on March 26, 2008

If you are a patient experiencing back pain, and have tried numerous treatment methods, only to find that they help just a little, or not as much as you would like, then maybe your next step is an epidural steroid injection (ESI).

I've been dealing with a herniated disc for the last four years or so, and have tried everything from physical therapy, chiropractic, pain medicine, acupuncture, rest, ice, heat, ointments and many other things. So after visiting a back specialist, who thankfully told me I was not quite a candidate for back surgery yet, he suggested the minimally invasive epidural steroid injection. If this has been recommended to you, and you have done an Internet search on the topic, you likely will be shown hundreds or even thousands of links to websites from surgery or radiology centers that perform several of these procedures daily. But a patient's perspective isn't as accessible, so here I am to tell you about my experience.

First of all, I hate needles, though not to the point where I get sick before any type of injection or blood work. However, this was different. We're talking about a long needle that goes directly into your spine and then serves as a vehicle for something usually akin to cortisone, which then shrinks inflammation surrounding the disc or area in question.

I was told by a friend who works at this particular facility that he sees 20-30 of these procedures a day (yikes!), and that it's usually pretty painless as a whole. Still, I know how much pain I'm in and I was scared of someone sticking a long needle directly in there.

So, after arriving and filling out mountains of paperwork about medical history (if you take blood thinners of any kind, you have to stop taking them for a few days prior to your injection), they took me in the back and got my vital signs. My blood pressure is usually normal, but it was a bit high due to my anxiety.

Then a doctor came in and explained the procedure, also answering every dumb question I had, such as "Are you SURE I won't feel the big needle?" He assured me that I wouldn't and that if I did, that I could let him know and they would give me more numbing solution, a.k.a. lidocaine.

So I went in, and I'm not sure if this is typical of every center that performs these, but I didn't even have to wear some uncomfortable hospital gown or anything. Simply loosen your pants, and jump on the table. That was encouraging.

Then they prep you by washing your skin a bit, and the doctor comes in. Now, I should mention that this is done on an X-ray table, so that the doctor can see where he is going with the needle. Unfortunately, my doctor came in and informed me that he had just gotten off the phone with my back specialist, who clarified that he wanted an ESI that gets closer to the S1 nerve, because that's what was causing the bulk of my pain. Yikes, I said, and I really said that. I had acupuncture a few years ago and I distinctly remember almost jumping off the table from some of those needles touching on nerves. Still, this was supposed to be different.

They numbed me with the lidocaine, which felt like a little bee sting, and quite honestly didn't hurt for more than 2 seconds. After I started to feel numb, the doctor put the big needle in, telling me what he was doing the whole time. I'm not sure if that's good or not, but I was still fearing that jolt I might feel from hitting the nerve. I did feel it a bit, but it didn't hurt all that much...still, he didn't want me feeling anything and gave me more lidocaine. Then, finally I did feel a very slight electric type shock, but I mean slight. He was there, and poured the cortisone in...which made me feel pressure in my lower back and down my left leg, pretty much where most of my pain is.

Then, and it happened so quickly, the needle was out. I had visions of having trouble walking, but I didn't at all. They took me into another room and got my blood pressure again, which was still sky high, and I knew it would be. But I was relieved that this was over.

Then what? Well, they recommend that you have a driver to take you home in case you have lingering numbness in your leg(s). Then you should rest for the remainder of the day, and resume normal activities the day after that. You will be sore, as if you had a tetanus shot, for a few days, and then by the third or fourth day the cortisone should start to fully affect the area. I have to say that in my case, it took more like five or six days to feel improvement, and even then we're talking maybe 15%.

I've read, and been told, that it sometimes takes 2-3 injections to get the most benefit, so I'm going to probably try it again in a few weeks and see how that works. At least this time, I won't be as scared or anxious as I was the first time, because that unknown factor won't be there.

For those of you who have been recommended this procedure and are dreading it, I can tell you that there is really nothing to be afraid of. The whole thing is almost completely painless, and the worst part might be the soreness you'll feel afterward. Plus, the actual procedure takes about 10 minutes.

I'll report back more after my second injection, and meanwhile I hope this hub helps many of you and/or alleviates your fears!

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      Carheart84 14 months ago

      I was glad to read this I go in in about 10 days to get an injection in my back I have a very tender spine and other medical problems so to hear that this is a big deal was good but I still worry about having any reactions to the medication

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      Omer zaman 23 months ago

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      lundoj 2 years ago

      I had injections first the did a lumbar which was the wrong one so I had to get back up on the table to get the epidural one and they punctured my epidural sack I couldn't get out of bed fluid leaking in my spinal column head hurt so bad I cried non stop for a weak and I had a 1 yr old at home then I had to go back in for a blood patch still have issues til this day

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      Lucy 3 years ago

      Hi guys just had my nerve sleeve root injection. It went really well, they just got me to lie down on the ct scanning table and did a few scans then the doctor came in explained the procedure and then began. He injected the local anaesthetic and some dye to clarify the position, then they moved it around a couple of times and once I got the shock in my but we knew it was in the right place! They put in the epidural and my leg went very heavy, i mean very heavy! But it doesn't hurt it just feels weird! I haven't felt any difference yet but he said it takes a couple of days to work he said. Hopefully this works as my parents r getting worried that I'll need an opp and at the age I'm at this isn't looking good, I haven't been able to do any school P.E for months now and I just really need this to work! I'll lower posted and let u know how I'm doing!

      Thanks Lucy

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      Lucy 3 years ago

      Can the doctors give you a IV for the injection? And does an iv hurt?

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      kelly 3 years ago

      WHY do you people not do research before you let drs do these things to you?!! The FDA has hundreds of warnings aboutt these shots to the spine which can cripple or kill you.Research shows NOT AT ALL useful for long term pain and will cause far more harm than goo

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      Jero 3 years ago

      I had the epidural steroid injection today in L4 prolapsed disc. I have been told if this doesn't work I can have 1 more attempt, after that I will need back surgery.

      I had a local anesthetic before the spine nerve block, which was fine. I have had that many blood tests etc, so this was nothing.

      when it came time for the nerve spine block, I experienced pain on a scale like nothing before. Recently I had stoma h surgery, I have had kidney stones, many stitches etc, but nothing came close to the excruciating pain I suffered. One doctor had to hold me down, as I started thrashing round, while I was required to be still with the CT scanner guiding the position of the needle. Shortly after this I fainted and came too with some very concerned doctors looking on.

      I have to go back again in 6 days for a general pain relieving epidural, and I pray to God that I don't suffer the same pain again.

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      Lucy 3 years ago

      Hey guys found this awesome site, I've been meaning to ask has anyone had a nerve root sleeve injection into there back that could tell me about their experience as I'm getting one on Saturday so I'm just wondering if it helped you or made things worse? Thanks

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      Lana 3 years ago

      Yea I'm sure ur right. Besides it's for the best thanks for the message. :)

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      Melissa Dingee 3 years ago

      Lana the thing that makes the pain worse is the fear of the thought each person is different like for me yes it hurt but for someone else it might not

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      Lana 3 years ago

      Hey I've just got a quick question I've prolapsed a disc in my back and I'm only 12 yrs of age, we've been through all the physio and back specialist and he's said to get a local into my back. Does it hurt. I'm really scared.

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      Melissa Dingee 3 years ago

      I had an injections 3 wks ago not only did it not help but the injection it's self was very painfull I'll not do it again so the Dr is referring me to a pain maintenance Dr. I have a herniated L5/S1. I had the injections years ago and the last 2 also did not help but I told the Dr I'd try it once more but as I said it was no help just caused me pain during the proceedure.

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      ly720 3 years ago

      I had an ESI almost two weeks ago. It did wonders for the first week, but at the end of the first week my pain is back and as bad as it ever was. I was actually seeing a little relief before the ESI, now at least as bad as the pain that sent me the to the doctor in the first place. I've moved my 2-week follow up appointment up so I can see what the doctor suggests to relieve the pain. My question...for anyone who had good results with the first that didn't last long (like my one week of relief), did the second help more? It was great thinking I was better...now I'm a little concerned. Three shots a year with only a week of relief each time isn't much to look forward to!

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      deby5 3 years ago

      I decided to have the Transforaminal injection due to the pain and thought I could minimize the amount of pain pills I was taking in a day. I was referred by my M.D. to this pain management doctor, filled out all the paperwork, and there was a lot about your medical history. After looking at my MRI from about a year ago, they told me they had the time that day to give me an injection. The doctor talked with the P.A. and they discussed the location of the injection. He wanted to inject T12 & L1 area. I agreed to go along and thought it was going to be the best for me. My blood pressure was very good, at the time of my appointment, so they didn't take my blood pressure again, or any vitals. I went into the surgical room, dropped my pants down around my butt and pulled my top up around my upper back. The assistant was in charge of the Fluoroscopy machine, which is a live X-Ray machine. The doctor came in, gave me a little pinch for numbing the area for the injection. I barely felt it. After a few minutes, he injected the needle and I felt nothing again. He had the assistant move the Fluoroscopy machine quite a bit to get the angle he wanted. He told me I was quite twisted inside and that the original T12, L1 shot was not an option now. He was going to do L1, L2 instead. I have osteoporosis and 3 herniated disks. I'm a 62 female. He told me that he was going to go deeper in with the needle and I might feel a sting and to let me know if it was painful and where I felt the pain. I did feel a very painful sensation thru the injection site and thru the top of my right hip. I had wished I had something to squeeze it was so painful, I did a long moan to help me thru the pain. After it was over, they helped me up off the table and after a minute was led to the post sitting area where I took a chair. I sat there for a couple of minutes and the doctor came out and handed me a piece of paper telling me that was the procedure he'd preformed and that if it didn't help he'd do an epidural. As I was standing there listening to him talk to me and I became all of a sudden clammy and quite light headed/dizzy. I thought I was going to get sick, I sat down for a second, thought I'd go to the ladies room, thinking I was going to get sick, and I didn't make it 2 steps. I bottomed out, passed out, fainted whatever you want to call it, and I didn't see it coming, I'd never had that feeling before, I just thought I was going to get sick. I came to with about 5 people over me, saying her pulse is 45 and her oxygen level is coming back. They had a blood pressure cuff on me too. They were giving me smelling salts to bring me back. I was in shock, I didn't know what had happened. They told me they had told me to sit there for at least 5 minutes. After I came back and was feeling much better, maybe 10 minutes went by, the doctor asked me why I got up and that they had wanted me to stay seated. I told him I felt like I was going to get sick and was going to the ladies room. I sat there for another 45 minutes and asked for a glass of water, I felt very warm. As I was leaving the doctor told me he was afraid I would feel more pain than before due to my fall. I thought to myself, I hope not. I left and was very glad I was close (within 5 minutes) to where I was staying. I was still in pain, just holding my back where the injection was. I just wanted to go lay down. It took me nearly 10 minutes to even get out of the car, the sharp pain was almost unbearable, now I know who an elderly person feels that falls and can not get up...Helpless. I was all alone in this garage, hoping to get to the bedroom to lay down. I finally made it, not without pain, but got there and I was happy the bed was a high bed. My friend got home and saw me and called 911, he was terrified and thought I wasn't going to make it. They took my B.P. and it was 166, high yet they told me due to the pain, that's pretty normal. I elected not to go to the hospital, I knew I wasn't going to die, nor did I want to be laid up in some hospital stuck there for who knows how long. The pain was almost as great as when I had my one and only child, I wish I could have had an epidural to ease the pain, but the injection caused my pain. This pain lasted 3 days, I lay in this bed uncomfortable and in pain. Continued taking pain pills, barely touching the pain. Managed to sleep some but was praying the pain would eventually go away. Gradually the pain got less every day. After a week had gone by, the pain was still there but wasn't as severe. I could get around and go to the bathroom unassisted. This happened April 28th 2014 and I'm walking around well, sitting is not good. If I bend over or sit a certain way or move a certain way, a very sharp pain shoots in my back, around the injection site. It sends me to freeze mode. I'm hoping this does go away in time, a friend of mine has had numerous shots and says within a month it should totally go away. If it doesn't I just don't know what to do. I do wish I'd never had this injection done. I'd rather take the pain pills for the rest of my life and have mobility and not worry if the pain was going to spike, when or where. I'm going to a different doctor on May 22nd to show him my new MRI and compare it to the 2013 MRI and see if he sees a difference or can help me with what happened to me. I've been on the computer googling sites to find answers, most say injections are very common and no one has talked about the pain I'm experiencing. It's a mystery to me.

      I hope anyone reading this makes sure their doctor has a good reputation, not that mine didn't, he was referred. I think everyone has different reactions to any medication or injection. I will report in another month and I'm hoping my pain has totally gone away.

      Think twice before you take any injections in your back, pain pills aren't that bad, they can kill your liver and kidneys but the pain in your back due to an injection that's supposed to take the pain away and doesn't is another story! Good Luck!!

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      iam2jung4this 3 years ago

      So I had my first injection last Thursday. I was out cold about 3 mins after they gave me the anesthesia in my IV. I went to sleep with a pain level of about a 6 out of 10, I woke up 30 mins later and felt like a new person. No pain at the injection site, in fact the worst part was them putting in the IV. I still have numbness in my left leg and hip but the throbbing and burning pain is gone. I actually cried tears of happiness Thursday night because I couldn't believe how great it felt to be pain free. I still notice a little pain after sitting and have started noticing a slight pain still in lower back and in the front of my right hip but nothing compared to what it was. I have my second injection tomorrow morning and I am so excited that this has worked for me. Hopefully it lasts and I can avoid the surgery. Good luck to everyone. To Nikki I would say find a doctor that will do the injection as a day surgery in the hospital with anesthesia- I shouldn't have to be awake to feel that pain of the ESI!

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      nikki 3 years ago

      I had the exact same experience, no gown, just pulled down my pants and laid there. I have low back pain and meralgia paresthetica(im sure i butchered the spelling), its pain that runs down my right leg and is horrible. I have had 4 injections now and the first one wasn't too bad but they have been getting increasingly painful with each visit. I had my fourth done today and i felt like i was going to die, i was literally screaming, he had hit a nerve and it sent a fireball of pain down my leg. Please let me know how your future visits turn out, im afraid to get anymore injections done and sadly they only improve my pain by around 40% and lasts only 3 weeks max. It is some improvement but i fear whats next to come. Take care and all the best of luck to you.

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      oby 3 years ago

      Im2young4this... I'm 39 years old, before the EPI, I tried a contraction table for two weeks and it really helped to get rid of the pain down my leg, however I still took the shot because I had some pain in my hip as well and I wanted to figure out if the pain was caused by my two bulged, herniated discs. Now I'm using a inversion table do contraction on my back and so far (two weeks) has been one of the best investments I ever made.

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      Jeannie 3 years ago

      At the age of 18 I was in a car accident that now at the age of 52 has left me with 14 herniated/bulging discs from the neck down. Have had 3 back surgeries...fusion of the SI joint(right side) Posterior endoscopic discectomy at L4-5 and anterior cervical microforaminotomy at C5-6. The last 2 surgeries were done within the last 5 years with great temporary results. Although I new it was a temporary fix I also new it was my only option. Having multiple herniations, a fusion at any level would put stress on the level above & below, having issues throughout my spine I can't afford that risk. So, now I'm having ESI's again and I go when ever I have a flare up. Usually the injections help ease the pain for up to 6 months at times. I had one a week ago in my neck and unfortuneately am still in unbearable pain. I will go back for another in a week. The point to my rambling is this....there is NO fix for back pain. There are several different "band-aids" and the least invasive the better

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      iam2jung4this 3 years ago

      I have 3 herniated discs but have been told that I should try ESI's and PT before considering surgery. So yesterday my neurosurgeon has scheduled me for 3 ESI's each scheduled one week apart. Here is my question- isnt that too close together?

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      Tim 3 years ago

      Thank you for this site and to many who have shared their storeis. Mine is the classic "afraid of needles/need the injection" story. im sceduled this week for the shot at c6/c7. feeling much better abouyt it all after reading this site. thanks again.

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      EpiVictimsMom 3 years ago

      My 33-yr-old son had 3 sessions (2 epidurals & a 3rd 'surprise' of 9 injections he wasn't expecting). He had been told to expect the typical protocol of 3 epidurals spaced over the period of about a month. When receiving whatever chemical cocktail was contained in the 'mystery' injections. His also 33-yr-old physiatrist describes himself as the doc people go to see when the other docs don't have answers. I think he experimented on my son & now my sweet eldest child has nerve damage so severe from the top of his left leg all the way to the tips of his toes. It's been so bad, he had to buy a new truck as the pain was too great to push on the clutch of his previous vehicle. My son was being treated for 2 bulging and 1 torn disc. Injection 2 worked well enough that my son was hopeful, working out and feeling less pain than he'd had in a long time. Then came the Chemical Cocktail by "Dr. Frankenstein" who claims the 9 epidurals given within a 10 minute period COULDN'T have caused the nerve damage to my son's left leg because my son didn't get a headache. The headache would've been "proof," according to this maniacal doctor. Doc is now suggesting yet another epidural nerve-blocking injection, and my poor son is considering having it done in 3 days as he's so desperately in agony and has had horrific nightmares since he received what should only have been the 3rd and LAST SINGLE (not nine!) EPIDURAL. Please learn from this experience and take someone with you to watch what the heck is going on! Not all doctors are reputable and some are out to make a name for themselves as The Healer Of All Back Pain. My son did see another physiatrist, but since he was also in our town, Doc #2 wouldn't say anything negative about a colleague. My husband and I are desperately praying that our son won't ever go back to Doc #1, begging him to see a neurologist prior to receiving ANY further epidurals (nerve-blocking or otherwise) as we're terrified of the potential harm it may cause to him. At this point, our son is hearing only the promise of the doctor who has harmed him as he's the only one promising to magically take his pain away. We are asking for prayer from ANYONE reading this for our sweet son, who's also a young husband and father of 2 boys. Please pray for CHAD. Thank you!!!

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      Marcus 3 years ago

      http://www.medicinenet.com/cortisone_injection/pag...

      What are the disadvantages and side effects of cortisone injections?

      Disadvantages of cortisone injections are the necessity of piercing the skin with a needle as well as potential short- and long-term side effects. It should be emphasized that though each of these side effects is possible, they usually do not occur.

      Short-term complications are uncommon but include shrinkage (atrophy) and lightening of the color (depigmentation) of the skin at the injection site, introduction of bacterial infection into the body, local bleeding from broken blood vessels in the skin or muscle, soreness at the injection site, and aggravation of inflammation in the area injected because of reactions to the corticosteroid medication (postinjection flare). Increased pain after the injection is typically due to a postinjection flare as a true allergic reaction to cortisone is very rare. Tendons can be weakened by corticosteroid injections in or near tendons. Tendon ruptures as a result have been reported. Facial flushing may occur in up to 40% of cases but lasts only briefly. Sweating and insomnia are uncommon.

      In people who have diabetes, cortisone injections can elevate the blood sugar. In patients with underlying infections, cortisone injections can suppress somewhat the body's ability to fight the infection and possibly worsen the infection or may mask the infection by suppressing the symptoms and signs of inflammation. Generally, cortisone injections are used with caution in people with diabetes and avoided in people with active infections. Cortisone injections are used cautiously in people with a bleeding disorder.

      Long-term risks of corticosteroid injections depend on the dose and frequency of the injections. With higher doses and frequent administration, potential side effects include thinning of the skin, easy bruising, weight gain, puffiness of the face, acne (steroid acne), elevation of blood pressure, cataract formation, thinning of the bones (osteoporosis), and a rare but serious type of damage to the bones of the large joints (avascular necrosis).

      Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/4/2012

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      Marcus 3 years ago

      Hello all. I found this post interesting.

      A bit about my condition: I am currently 34 years old and have chronic back and hip pain. Some days the pain is so acute that I cannot stand up straight, sit in a chair or even dress myself. I was told at a young age that I had mild Scoliosis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoliosis). However, all of my pain generates from 2 herniated disks at the L3-L4 & L4-L5 levels. This is causing impingement on the left root nerve at the L5 level and causing Sciatica down my left leg. Funny thing is, I have never been injured. The slew of doctors that I've seen since 2007 tell me that my condition is degenerative and I am not a candidate for surgery because my condition is “mild”.

      On more than one occasion, I have considered driving my car off of a bridge and plunging it into the river below, just to end the suffering. I wouldn’t call that “mild” pain.

      I have been diagnosed with the following over the past 6 years:

      • Degenerative Disc Disease (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Degenerative_disc_dis...

      • Fissures in several discs (http://www.espalda.org/english/divulgativa/dolor/c...

      • Herniated discs (http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/tc/herniated-disc-t...

      • Schmorl's nodes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schmorl's_nodes)

      • Pinched nerve at the L5 level, T7 level and C3 level (http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/compres...

      • Spinal Stenosis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinal_stenosis)

      • Inflamed SI Joint (http://www.medicinenet.com/sacroiliac_joint_pain/a...

      • Sciatica (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sciatica)

      • Vertebral Compression Fractures (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compression_fracture)

      • Possible hip dysplasia which hasn’t been confirmed yet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip_dysplasia_(human)...

      Procedures I’ve had since 2007:

      • 7 MRIs (only 1 with contrast)

      • 2 Electromyography tests

      • 4 epidurals directly into the spine

      • 1 facet injection directly into the spine

      • 1 Myelogram w/CT scan and spinal tap

      • Multiple X-rays (bending and prone)

      • Physical therapy

      • Acupuncture

      • Chiropractic adjustments

      Home remedies I’ve tried:

      • Heat

      • Ice

      • Ointments

      My experience with the epidurals was far from painless. The procedure itself was painful every time without exception. However, the 1st epidural relieved my pain for nearly 2 weeks! I felt like a new man that had been granted a second chance at life. The 2nd epidural relieved my pain for 2 days. The 3rd and 4th epidurals did nothing to relieve my pain, much like the facet injection which actually increased my pain level.

      I’m now told that I may have Hip dysplasia, which could have either been caused by my extensive back problems or may have caused some of my back problems. X-Rays revealed something wrong with my left hip socket. The radiologist demanded multiple times that I lay flat for the X-rays. I explained to her that I was laying flat. She came over to confirm. This was my 1st red flag. The Orthopedic specialist recommended a guided injection directly into the hip socket, to determine if the pain resides locally or if the problem is more severe and radiates from elsewhere.

      I have heard from other Ortho specialists that these guided injections are now frowned upon due to causing bone degeneration. Has anyone heard of that?

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      Raaj 3 years ago

      I m suffering from back pain for 2 years . I m getting 3rd injection next week. After reading all coments i came up with conclusion ..there is no treatment of herinated disc. We all will suffer in pain for the rest of life :(

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      oby4ever1 3 years ago

      I JUST HAD AN EPIDURAL SHOT THIS MORNING EVEN WHEN MY PAIN WAS CLOSE TO NOTHING, MY SPORTS LIFE IS AFFECTED BECAUSE I CANT GIVE 100% OF MY POTENTIAL AFRAID OF GETTING HURT AGAIN WICH HAPPENS TWO OR THREE TIMES A YEAR AND I HAVE TO DO PT FOR NO LESS THAN A MONTH......... I WAS SO NERVOUS AND WHILE TAKING THE SHOT I FELT A SHARP FEELING THROUGH MY LEG FOR LESS THAN A SECOND AND THAT REALLY SCARED ME... AFTER THE SHOT I ASKED THE DOCTOR IF THAT WAS NORMAL AND SHE SAID YES, AND SHE SAID THAT WAS BECAUSE THEY MIGHT HAVE TOUCHED THE NERVE A LITTLE BIT BUT THERE WAS NO REASON TO BE AFFRAID BECAUSE THE FEELING WENT AWAY RIGHT AWAY, DOES ANYBODY OF YOU HAVE FELT THIS DURING THE SHOT?

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      Flossie 3 years ago

      I have been going for pain management for a little more than a year. I get one injection in my hip and six weeks later I get 3 small injections in and around my sacroiliac joint. The pain I was in before was awful. I am pain free and have been since the first injection. I recommend it for anyone who has bulging discs or any other issues resulting in back and hip pain. I was also getting this feeling of severe squeezing in my groin, which the doctor explained was due to sacroiliac issues, hence the shot in the joint. The small amount of discomfort from the injections is minor compared to the severe pain before. Well worth it.

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      Tracy Grammer 4 years ago

      Inspired by JodieOtte to post again. Today I am of the opinion that I would not do the steroid shot again. In the weeks following my injection, I had the worst flu of my life and then I broke out in eczema, which I've never had before. I'm of the opinion that the steroids undermined my immunity in a major way. I am taking a different tack toward health now, focusing on a detox and then an anti-inflammatory diet to keep the swelling that creates pressure on the nerve from creeping back in. I just watched "Food Matters" (highly recommended!) and believe that while my back pain has a physical component -- and the scoliosis certainly isn't going away any time, ever -- I can improve my health just by making wise, non-toxic food choices, drinking more water, exercising regularly and balancing stress. And ... if you all ever have a chance to try Vipassana meditation, you'll learn a lot about what pain is, and what it is not. Changed my life. Wishing us all a reduction in pain and stress, and more joy. Heavy on the joy! xo

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      JodieOtte 4 years ago

      Well, I'm glad you were without pain for your procedure. I had so much anxiety (not about needles but about being "held down, controlled, or being vulnerable), and they had to give me a little Versed to take the edge off of my anxiety so I could lie there. They numbed me, but when the needle hit the area of the nerve, I felt it and if it weren't for the Versed, I probably would have come up off the table. The pain shot all the way down to my foot.... and it was BAD. You can read the entire experience at www.ouchisanunderstatement.wordpress.com

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      Tracy Grammer 4 years ago

      Well, that was a good week mostly without pain, but I have to admit it's creeping back in. The hip burn, the L4-L5 stuff. Waking up is still easier than it was, and I am so grateful for that. I continue to try to sit through it, and that is working. I am also icing again. Nobody wants to ice in winter, but I think I have to :). On the whole, trying not to let pain take center stage here. There is much to be done! Yoga is going well. I could be walking and moving more. Blessings and good health to us all.

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      Tracy Grammer 4 years ago

      thyroideyes46 -- I know! I had mixed feelings about that... like, isn't this a bit haphazard? The guy hardly knows me and didn't even really lay a hand on me or go over papers in front of me. I scanned the docs related to preparation and really hadn't done anything to jeopardize the procedure so we all just went for it. I got the sense this happens often there.

      This is my third morning post-ESI and I woke up delightfully pain-free again but do have some wraparound hip pain now, which is my sciatica coming back in little flashes. A friend forwarded a link to Dr. Sarno's book on getting rid of back pain (he believes it's tension myositis caused in part by stifled anger or other strong emotions) so I've been thinking today about issues that could be adding to my stress. It was interesting to notice that as soon as I set about doing that work in my journal this morning, pain flared up and I was tempted to get up and move and, literally, walk away from it. But this is the body's trick, says Sarno. Body generates pain as a distraction from those things we don't want to face. I tried facing things. At moments I felt the pain dissipate. Now, at my desk, which is the most stressful place in the house, I've got a decent burn going on. I'm not going to make any big noise about it; just notice it and keep working. My theory is that if I face my long-term (long-avoided) projects and also deal with some emotional stressors, I might be able to help keep this back pain at bay. Now that I know how good it can feel, I'm extra motivated.

      I am still sitting easier than I was. Still happy to have had the shot. Still doing my yoga too. Of course.

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      thyroideyes46 4 years ago

      Tracy, I'm so surprised that your doc did the steroid injections right there in his office. I have to make appmt w pain clinic, have someone take me, stay there, and take me back home again. It's very inconvenient. I wish my doctor would do that. I bet the yoga instructor will help you out a lot. I do a few yoga poses when I'm doing my stretching/flexibility exercises. Yoga strengthens your core muscles, which help you with posture, and, like you said, help you stay more balanced.

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      Tracy Grammer 4 years ago

      Checking in, as promised.

      Twenty hours or so after my ESI I felt great. I woke up without pain, drove without pain, sat flat on the seat without hitching up my R hip to avoid the old SI crunch, and that deep hip burn.

      Over the course of the day, pain came and went. Just a bit. I had to do some extra driving today and my hip was annoyed. However, I am now sitting at my desk and feeling comfortable.

      All in all, happy I took the leap. Wonder how tomorrow will be!

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      Tracy Grammer 4 years ago

      Just reporting in that I had an L5-S1 ESI today. Scoliosis and old bulging discs finally got to me. Saw a new doc today, told him my story and showed him my films, and he said, "We can do this right now." I hemmed and hawed, I've been avoiding this for a good 6 or 7 years, but like everyone here I felt like I'd tried everything except the injection. I decided I had nothing to lose.

      No lengthy paperwork, no detailed prep, I just unbuttoned the jeans and hopped up on the table with my belly on a pillow. Propped up my head so I could see the needle and my spine on the X-ray screen and reminded myself to breathe.

      The numbing needle stung just as the doc said it would. He went in with a second needle that I did not feel. Third needle created a strange sensation down my tailbone but no stinging down the leg, which is what he anticipated. I secretly wondered if he missed his target. I never took my eyes off the X-ray and was very calm throughout.

      I was woozy after. I just sort of layed there after they dressed the site and didnt really feel like getting up. Someone in this long line of posts mentioned contrast dye and if this was used, that's why. I have a sensitivity. It makes me feel full of clouds. I texted my fiance and said I felt violated. Yeah, that's weird I know. Contrast dye talking, if that's what it was.

      I hung out on a table in another room for 10 minutes and stared at the acoustical tiles, waiting for my clouds to pass. The staff gave me some bottled water. When I felt ready, I got up, paid, got my scrip for scoliosis-specific PT, and drove myself home. Took a little nap and here we are about 12 hours later.

      My pain is about the same at this point. A few little twinges moving around but that's my normal. Nothing super strange to report. I walked home from dinner out tonight and felt good. I always feel better when I'm moving.

      I should add that in addition to this treatment and the PT I'm about to have, I also found a private yoga instructor who is helping me with scoliosis-specific exercises and personalized modifications for poses. I've been doing that for about 3 weeks and it's made me feel stronger and more balanced.

      I'll check in again, even if nothing much happens. Let's hope for better than that though!

      Thanks for all the sharing...tg

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      Grin and bearit;( 4 years ago

      Hi all. I have spent a lot of time reading your posts. I know what it is like and share all of this with you. The hardest thing for me is that I look fine and people around me can't fully understand how I feel. I'm 35, used to love to surf, ride motorbikes, be active,...... I have three young children. I injured my back at work around 8 months ago. Disc prolapse l1s5 I think. I have chosen to stick with gym and physio. A specialist wanted me to have the injection at month 2 but I decided not too. After following physio and gyms instructions to the letter I had almost fully recovered by month 4. I returned to work full time and and within a week I relapsed to my original condition. It's now month 8 and the Doc is asking me to think about the injection. I can still walk ok, I can still stand and sit a while. My main problem is travelling in cars, for some reason cars make my pain flare up, the longer I spend travelling the worse I get. As an active person coming too terms with my condition mentally is almost a bigger problem than the symptoms, that include, numbness in my right leg, burning in my buttock, numb right foot and when the numbness and burn recedes- slight saddle numbness and pain in my lower back. My symptoms change almost daily but I usually sleep okay. I feel that if I am careful I can manage this and still lead a reasonable life compared to some of the other people that I have been reading about. Problem is I work an hour away and travelling makes me worse so I haven't been able to return to work. I would love to get better (wouldn't we all!) but I feel that the chances of a needle doing that are slim; and to hear of people putting up with worse pain frightens me as I have bad enough days as it is at times. I am still going to gym and working out at home. There are things I can't do but a lot I still can. I'm worried the needle might make me worse... So far from what I have read there seems to be little to gain for my situation and the risk of getting worse from it really turns me off the idea. If I was worse I would do it no worries, but for now I'm managing on anti inflammatory everyday (meloxicam ) and targin 10 (morphine) most days but not all. What would you do have the needle, or or stick with the fitness program that for now is showing little improvement? I will post again in future. I hope you all find some relief somewhere and wish you all the best of luck.

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      DonDavis 5 years ago

      I had an ESI in 1993. The man did not use "Floroscopy" The pain was so great that I blacked out and would have fallen to the floor if he had not grabed me by the shirt. I was told that I had to take it or loose my job. I was a Tool Maker for Baker Hughes. The pain that man put me in has never left. I had my wife drive me to the ER. I was rolling around in the back of the car and screeming. Admitted to the hospital and put on morphine for a week, and it did not take the pain away, just made me forget who I was. After getting out of the hospital was called back in and told by the bird dog they sent to my doctors appointments that they wanted to do another. I thought that they were completly crazy. I tried explaining how the first one went, which im sure that they already knew, but she "The Bird Dog" kept telling me that if I refused medical treatment that I would loose my job. I had worked several years to get the Tool Makers position, it is the Best of the Best when it comes to machining. I had a wife and two small children to take care of and was assured that the first one was just a fluke and this doctor was more experienced at giving them. He did not use Floroscopy either but it did not hurt like the first one did, although it did not take away the pain that the first put me in. A week passed and I was called back in and told by the Bird Dog that they wanted to try and get rid of the pain with 4 nerve blocks. Man after all the pain that I was in I was ready for anything, it also caused me to start having seziures. Still holding my job over my head, I thru my hands up and said "Your suppose to be the doctors" lets do it if you really think it is going to help. I was straped down to a table where I could not move on my left side and with a machine the doctor ran 4 eight inch needles from my side all the way to my back. I was screeming the whole time. Im telling you people these doctors will torture you. Forget waterbording, just send them to these guys and they will get any information they want befor the first needle is removed. After that I was shuffeled from doctor to doctor, even thru physical theropy. I could do it as long as I was eating all the loratab that they were giving me, 100 every 10 days. After completing physical theropy they told me to return to work. I told the insurance lady that I did not think I could handel it and she told me just to try. Well I did and ended up having a seziure on the job because the pain was so great. Taken out in an ambulance. Called a day after getting out of the hospital by the insurance company and told to return to work the following monday or I would loose my job. I thought this has got to be a bad dream or something, they know I cant go back to work, I already tried. well come the next Monday which was only 4 days later a man showed up on my steps with my termination papers. And they did not terminate me due to medical, it was in-subordination which hit my 401K. It took from Apr 4 1993 till July of 1999 just to get them to court. Someone kept having the judges changed and it took over a year each time to get it put back into the orgional judges hands. I had already been thru the Social security system and on SSA for 2 years. Had to go before a Federal Judge to get that due to my age. and they still tried to denie that I was even injured. This whole thing started with a slip and fall. I rounded a corner and steped in some fluid that someone didnt bother to clean up. I broke my tail bone to a 45 degree angle and had blunt trama to my right kidney because the fixture I was taking out to a machine hit me in the side when I fell. I started passing blood a day or two later. But let me tell you here in Oklahoma they can and will do anything that they please. I wich to God that I had listened to my gut and just told them NO! I could have got another job with the experience that I had but I was making good money and had the best position a machinest could have. Now Baker Hughes is a world wide company making trillions every year but you get hurt working for them and you become a libality they will lidigate you untill you die. I did not even receive a settelment that was a forth of what I made annually. Ity was like a slap in the face after loosing 2 homes and everything I had worked for. They were ordered by the court to keep my pain managment doctor paied and my pricriptions. In the past 19 years I have had to take them back to court for cutting off my doctor twice and leaving me cold turkey. I have a hearing scedualed for the 30th of this month Aug because they want to settle outright, but I can not do that because medicare is bankrupt and there is no way if I have to have my kidney removed or surgery that I can pay the 20%. I have called my State Reps, the Oklahoma Insurience Comission, everyone that I know to call. The attornies in this state do not care to take someone that big to court they just want to make a quick settelment for a few quick dollars. I did not know how corrupt the courts, lawyers and doctors are. Im telling you they will lie to your face and not blink an eye. Good luck, but if they want to stick a needle in your back be ready for the pain if they miss and they do miss 50% of the time. Even using florocopy. I have recerched this now quite alot and the Epidurials are not going to fix you and could possibally leave you in worse pain than you already have. I have even read reports of people being paralized my them. So its your choice, dont let anyone tell you "You have to" because you dont. You have the last say as to what happens to your body, and a job is not worth the hell that I have been going thru for the past 19 years. God Bless and do som reserch. I sure wich that I had.

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      terry c 5 years ago

      I had 3 ESI's now. First one worked well for about 2.5 months. Second one did nothing. Had my 3rd one 2 days ago. Seemed to hit the right spot, but pain is coming back. I am just hoping & praying it gives me some relief for my vacation.

      Am scheduled for a Laminectomy on August 10th. My quality of life in one year has gone from doing the Kansas half Ironman in June 11 to I can't even walk around the block with my 2 year old daughter. Please pray for me!! Thanks!

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      eagle ridge 357 5 years ago

      I had my epidural steroid injection 7 days ago to treat severe sciatic pain. It was totally painless, except for a slight stinging from the initial freezing of the nerve area. I had no sedative or anything else. Total time about 8 minutes. 7 days later I still have sciatic pain, but about 50% of the severity before I went in. Doc said it takes 7-10 days to take full effect. Now I can do without pain meds. If the diminished pain persists I will ask for another injection. I refuse to have surgery unless as a last resort. Summary....it kinda worked for me, was painless and quick.

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      Jaye 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for posting this. This is first and only thing I have found from a patient's perspective. Thanks for taking the time to post this and calm the nerves of a woman who is having this procedure tomorrow morning.

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      Barb 5 years ago

      Ive been getting epidurals for 4 years now and sometime they make it worse and sometimes they don't take at all. Give it time because it really depends how inflamed the disc is. Be patient. It really sucks but it will eventually get better. Find the right pain management Dr. I had one dr that gave me no relief or hope and then had another that was great. This can ruin your days and life. Even in my worse flare ups i stay pain med free they are killing your insides. And to get off em is hell.

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      thyroideyes46 5 years ago

      Good answer, Stillinpain. For Josh, you may not have known that your doctor was using the fluoroscopy. You don't see it when you're on the table, since it's overhead.

      Stillinpain, it's been awhile since I've had my ESI's. Since I live in the midwest, prices are probably cheaper. I've always had insurance, so I do not know how the business office negotiates with patients about the fees. I've heard other people say there is quite a reduction for patients who don't have insurance, but, of course, the charges come right out of your pocket. I wish the medical community didn't submit such inflated charges to insurance companies.

      I'm currently seeing a chiropractor for my pain, since I'm opting not to have steroid injections. Steroid injections can cause damage to tissues/tendons over time.

      I exercise as much as my body will allow (mostly walking and elliptical machine and bike at the gym). I do core strengthening exercises at home also. I think I'm doing okay for a 65 yoa female. I'm not a marathon runner or anything, but I probably wouldn't be anyway if I didn't have degenerative disc disease. I think the secret in dealing with pain is to be as active as you can. Keep moving! Sitting or lying around the house certainly isn't good for anyone.

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      StillInPain 5 years ago

      For Josh - good chance the fluoroscopy (diagnostic x-ray) was included as an "integral part" of your epidural (this is from an insurance Explanation of Benefits (EoB)).

      Debbie - here is a run-down of doctor submitted charges for my treatment so far (my insurance had maximum charges by contract that reduced the charges a bit, but for 'retail', this will give you a ballpark) rounded to nearest $10 point (Northwest USA):

      Doctor Visits: Initial-$350; MRI Read/Discuss Options-$230; 2-Week Post ESI Ckup-$165; +1 Month Ck-up-$165

      MRI (Lumbar w/o contrast): $2,930

      Epidural Procedure (2 points of Insertion) -

      Facility Charge: $2,000/procedure=$4,000 total (insurance reduced the first one slightly and the second one by more than half because of being performed in the same setting at the same time)

      Doctor Charge: $1,030/injection=$2,060; Fluoroscopy-$340; Anesthesia-$270

      Physical Medicine (Therapy): $190 evaluation; $100/30 minute unit (started with 1 unit, now at 2 units per visit) - 1-2 visits per week - ~$500 now with another month+ to go)

      I've also done chiropractic ($50/visit) and therapeutic massage ($100/90 minutes).

      Finding a core strengthening program (i.e. Pilates) for back pain sufferers is highly recommended since lack of it is the root cause of most of the pain and suffering experienced. Doing the core exercises (especially the Pilates 'zip and hollow' - google this for full explanation and diagrams) along with biking (walking has brought up pain) has been the best combination for me so far.

      Be sure to stay on the proper dosage of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs - ibuprofen or naproxen) while you are recuperating to keep swelling down as much as possible, especially as activity (exercises, etc) increases - I have tried to ween a few times and only exacerbated the sensitive areas because I have lost the ramped-up dosage. Talk to a physician or trusted medical person about max dosages appropriate for your body weight - overdosing can affect your vital organs, but not taking enough is ineffective for pain management and recovery - finding the 'just right' makes the condition bearable.

      In all of this, be sure to go in with your eyes open - identifying costs and negotiating prior to treatment. It will surely give you better leverage for savings then after-the-fact.

      Wondering if others are experiencing similar costs - good luck to everyone on this learning journey we did not volunteer for!

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      Josh 5 years ago

      Hi everyone I had an MRI it showed disk bulge at l4/5 and s1 my doc performed an epidural I just was concerned he didn't use X-ray to guide the needle ( just did it by feel) and no monitoring of blood pressure, is this acceptable? I'm sure he knows what he is doing just everyone else seems to have had X-ray , look forward to a reply and wish everyone the best with there back pain

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      Linda 5 years ago

      Thanks for your hub! My husband has L4-L5 compression and disc displacement with Sciatica. 2 years ago he had a herniation in this area with some S1 involvement as well. He was on bed rest for almost 5 months with the most excruciating pain the first couple of months. By the time he finally got into the Pain Mgmt. Specialist it was 3 months later and the problem was resolving and the pain level was manageable with NSAIDS. He went through a lot of Vicodin and suffering the first time. This time he went to the Dr. before the pain reached the level it had before, though it was worsening over a period of months while he continued to work. I finally convinced him that he needed to go on bed rest to get better and has again been on pain meds to reduce the pain level and a pain patch. He is actually going to see the Neurosurgeon and Pain Mgmt. Dr. next week, which is only 2 months instead of three, though it is SLOWLY getting better. He has been extremely leery about the injections and the possibility of infection, but I think the input here will help him get over it, having read other's experiences. I told him I never wanted and epidural or a C-Section either, but when a baby is stuck over 24 hrs. and can't come out your attitude changes pretty quick. I could have kissed that anesthesiologist when he showed up and he couldn't get that needle in quick enough for me! I did experience some chill-like shaking, but none of the other symptoms that I knew very well, being an R.N. who floated between Nicu, L&D and Postpartum. I am hoping he will get some relief soon thanks to this page!

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      thyroideyes46 5 years ago

      Debbie, that answer will vary according to different parts of the country, the doctor, hospital, etc. Too many variables. If you haven't had an MRI, the doctors might want you to have that, too. Since you said you have a bulging disc, you must have had the MRI already. If you don't have insurance and you're not on Medicaid, you can probably negotiate with the doctor. Have you tried other conservative means to deal with your pain, i.e., pain meds, exercises to strengthen your core, chiropractor? You might not need an ESI if the other methods could work for you.

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      Debbie Anderson Locke 5 years ago

      Can anyone please tell me how much an epidural injection will cost for a bulging disc? I do not have insurance. Thanks!

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      Rubynolegs 5 years ago

      Hi,

      I read EVERY one of these posts and interesting reading it was. I live in UK and have had to fight for every bit of medical care i have paid for throughout my life. Things like throwing samples away as it costs money for the lab to test, cancelling appointments to Gastroenterologists and Colorectal Surgeons due to cost, but today i demanded a blood test and when the comment 'too much money' was thrown at me yet again, i reminded them that the Code of Practice for GP's stated that they were not allowed to mention tests or treatment in the same sentance as cost.(I had to go private for Bowel Cancer to be removed 2 years ago because they did not take it seriously)

      In the case of my spine it was obviously the same story.

      Referred to a Spinal, 3-4 months wait, called PA and asked how much wait as a private one off, and it came down to 3 weeks. Must have impressed him, as theESI (although i did not want it) was booked for 3 weeks later. Agreed as a means to the end really.

      I had this 'painless' ESI on monday and I am worse than before. It was barbaric and I was virtually held down. No effective local and refused sedation. What age do we live in for goodness sake?? I did warn them i had a low pain threshold and a fear of the unknown and i would be 'vocal'. They chose not to pay me any mind.

      I screamed like a stuck pig ALL the way through it...

      And at the end of the day?? No change apart from I now have right leg pain which is new.

      Got DDD, L4/L5 Prolapse and L5/S1 Stenosis.

      This one is fired up for surgery as it has gone on in a big way for over a year and GP and A+E (x3 visits) told me to stop wasting their time. Then a different GP told me:

      'Go have an MRI, you got a serious Spine problem there'

      Thank god for that man after 20 years of intermittant attacks down my left leg and this final debilitating, almost paralising 'I cant cope anymore' episode.

      All i want is my life back, see my children and grandchildren, visit my sons grave, support my other 20 year old getting ready for a tour in Afghanistan, and hopefully get my marriage back.

      I know surgery is serious and that a fusion will restrict movement, but i am totally restricted now with dreadful pain and at least some of that pain will be reduced hopefully. I was disabled before this after a crash, but got about reasonably well with my carer, this however has reduced me into a cabbage, cant go anywhere as i have pain free spans of about 15-20 mins, and i cant get far in that time.

      Good luck to everyone wherever you are in the world, and whatever treatment you chose. I am a firm believer in the fact that we know our own limits, and because of that, we know if we can slowly climb the ladder of treatments or fly to the top and have done with it.

      Quality of life is ALL that matters. I am 61 coming on 35, and get asked for ID if i dare try to get a 'Pensioners' meal, which at least makes me laugh when i prove them wrong...I want some fun in my life again ;-)

      Will be keeping up with you from time to time, again, good luck.

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      nhocwc 5 years ago

      Advice please:

      I had an ESI 4 months ago for a herniated disc, and I think its time for another. My daughter will be married in 6 weeks and I'm wondering whether I will be ok if I get it done now. Or...should I just manage the back pain until after the wedding? I'm an active 56 YO and just don't know if there is a right choice for this. Advice/suggestions appreciated.

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      Teresa 5 years ago

      Hi just wanted to say I have had 2 shots done to my spine, and let me tell you the first one did not hurt to bad, but the pain came back within days, my second on was done yesterday and it was a nightmare, hopefully it get better.. I hope

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      bjcatz25 5 years ago from Michigan

      @Jodi....I got the link to work. These exercises are what I have been doing off and on for 2 years since I bought the McKenzie Method book for back and neck pain. I was told for me nothing would have helped my situation as I had a large ruptured disc and chiropractic care as well as theses exercises this time round made things worse once the disc ruptured and then during surgery finding a large piece had broken off(free fragment) as well. I feel your pain as life was no life for me either. I am now 7 weeks post-op and am headed back to work next week. Been a long winter for me drugged up with painkillers then ESI's and finally surgery. For me surgery was my only option for a possible chance at a somewhat normal life again. For me it was the answer but I believe I have post traumatic syndrome because every time I feel a twinge here or there my mind and body think "oh know I'm something is wrong" I still use ice and am careful. Neurosurgeon said "if you herniate it once you can herniate it again". So no bending lifting or twisting until he says.

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      Doreen 5 years ago

      i had my second epidural shot friday 3 weeks from my first shot. it seems to be working so far my first shot only took some pain away from the right lower back leaving my left side in alot of pain. my doctor shot the left side friday and it feels better its not completly gone but enough for me to start doing some abdominal exercises and some back exercises. i realize its best to try and do some home exercises on your own while the pain is down so when the injection wears off and it will you dont want to be caught with weak muscles. so the doctor told me to work my core alittle every day and work my back muscles every other day. yoga and pilates seems too intense for me so i will stick to some free weights. by the way here is my back drama c2-3,c3-4,c5-6,c6-7,c7-t1 disc herniations. my lower back has L1-L2,L4-L5,L5-S1 diffuse disc bulges with stenosis,anthrosis and reactive sclerosis an disc degeneration i have a hard life ahead of me. i'm a female age 46

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      ryan k. 5 years ago

      I am a 33 y/o male and have D.D.D. at T11-T12 and facet hypertrophy at L5-S1. Had my first 3 rounds of Thoracic ESI Jan 2010, February 2010, and April 2010. Did nothing. Had nerve block at L5-S1 twice, 70% improvement. Started another set of Thoracic ESI yesterday, we'll see what happens. For all shots received, I had no sedation, only local anesthetic at the injection site. I'm not going to lie and say it didn't hurt, but after the procedures I simply got off the table and left. Took it easy for about 2 hours and then resumed normal activity. The way I see it, you have to think of it this way: is the juice worth the squeeze? If the temporary pain that you feel worth the assumed outcome of the injections? I think about all the pain that I have in my mid and low back everyday and all of the things that I can't do without feeling pain. If it works, I'd have the ESI done everyweek, if need be.

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      Jodi 51 year old woman L-5 S-1 very large herniated disc compresssing nerve route S1 5 years ago

      I iced for one week every 15 minutes before attempting those exercised because I was in so much pain, then I started them. I do about 6 sets of 10 everyday. They just get rid of my sciatica in right leg. I still have terrible nerve pain in butt and at sight of L-5 S-1 herniation. Since the damn cortisone ijection that was given way up on my back and no where near my herniated disc I have been experiencing terrible tingling and numness plus weakness in my right leg. I do not have a cane because I will not go there yet so use vacuum to lean on to get around. This numbness, tingling and weakness comes around after standing and doing regular household stuff. So after being up and around for 5 hours it starts and it is awful and scary.

      My Family Dr. just told me to continue with exercises. I actually stopped them for one day to see if they were to blame for tingling/numbness/severe weakness in leg, but they were not responsible. IT IS THE CORTISONE that has wrecked havoc and started some weird stuff going on that I have not expereinced before to this terrible degree. I actually think the cortisone is irritating my nerves. I can actually feel my sciatica nerve being pinched in my butt/hip area when getting up from sitting. I really hate to sit now because I know it will come on and I hate the pinch I get.

      IF you have tried the exercises for a bit and they are not helping I am sorry. It took at least 3 days for them to work for me. I started off doing 8 three times a day. I now do around 30 altogether in a day.

      I also have a terrible neck injury from bilateral prolapsed disks in neck (also on right side) from 5 years ago that did not heal properly and always get muscle spasms in them when stressed or experiencing other nerve pain. These exercises kill my neck so I use my fingers to hold neck while bringing chest off floor. I never can get up too high becausse I cannot use arms/hands to spring up really high while leaving pelvis on floor. These are lower back extension exercises and are supposed to help stretch lower back and apparently they can help stop leg pain by stretching disc area tissues enough so it will help remove some of the nerve route pressue that is being compressed by disc jelly that has leaked out onto nerve.

      I will not be getting another ESI. I am seeing the orth surgeon on Friday to hear some more of his grand ideas on what he thinks I should do next to relieve pain, numbness, tingling. My life is no longer a life. I cannot walk my dog, I cannot date, I cannot dance, I cannot do anything that I used to love and that made life worth living. I do not even think I have been living. It is more like I am just here trying to get through each day with pain. This is just existing in pain. It is really depressing and sad.

      Again, I wish everyone the best and less suffering and more healing regarding their lives in pain.

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      bjcatz25 5 years ago from Michigan

      Oops I meant 'link' not 'think' :)

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      bjcatz25 5 years ago from Michigan

      @Jodi that think did not work for the exercise you were talking about van you repost?

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      Tammy 5 years ago

      I have had one ESI about 12 days ago and have had NO relief, if anything the pain is worse. I have a vertevral hemangioma. Has anyone ever heard of this? It causes me to be in alot of pain almost everyday. Called the Dr's office yesterday to see what the Dr says. I was extremely anxious about the procedure, my Dr. gives no local or anything. You are responsible for medicating yourself before and after the procedure...I took a xanax and a pain pill that I got from a friend just to help me relax. Overall, the procedure wasnt as bad as what I was anticipating. Im just ready for some relief, not sure what to do?

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      Jim Fahey 5 years ago

      Hi

      Just had epi three days ago,not going to good,however a slight improvement going to give it time.

      The epi injection is a big nothing no pain a tall just do it ,if you have exhausted all other routes like i have.

      I am just praying this works.

      Seeing consultants this wed, so it will be interesting what they have to say,

      I would just like to say to people suffering from this pain. you have my complete sympathy.and i wish you all a speedy recovery.

      regards poor little me in shits loads of pain Jim

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      Jodi 5 years ago

      I got the ESI the other day. I am in B.C. and things are done differntly here. Went to orth clinic and sat in waiting room with a lot of folks just there for shot. When you are called you are brought into big room with many stalls with curtains. You just sit down, draw down your pants a little bit. Orthopedic surgeon comes in with needle that has freezing and cortisone in it and he just rubs a sterile wet pad on lower back area and injects needle. I was very afraid and asked if other people could go before me while I got up the nerve to go through with shot. Well finally did get courage together and it barely hurt at all and I have a huge needle phobia! I should mention that I had gotten the sciatic pain from my right leg (which was so severe I would be on floor crying most of days for almost a year) to leave by doing this following exercise at link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBOp-ugJbTQ. In order to do this exercise I prepared by icing over my L-5/s-1 herniated disc pain for 10 minutes every hour for almost one week (not sleeping hours)then I started very slowly doing this particular exercise. It is amazing how well they work. For for me it is a miricle! Anyway, I told orth doc I still was having numbness/tingling on outside of right leg down into ankle/foot and asked if shot would help for this. He honestly did not know, but assured me shot would not hurt current status of healing process I must be in if most of nerve pain running down leg has diminished so much. The shot has made me feel pins and needles. It is only day 2, but I feel as though my leg is weaker than before I had shot, but I am still doing my exercises 14-21 a day holding only for 30 seconds. I hope everyone here experiences positive healing with their pain. I feel for you all and wish everyone the best.

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      Christina 5 years ago

      I had injections yesterday. 37 years old female - L5/S1 Degenerative disc disease/herniated disc. Pain when sitting up/driving/certain sleep positions. Best relief is walking/standing. Im on NO pain meds as I have children to care for and am afraid of side affects. ( I do go to the chiropracter 3x a week and get on the DRX9000- non surgical decompression which targets the part of your spine it is told too unlike traction) which when I was going regularly helped a little. But very pricy at $191 a visit.

      I was rolled in the surgical room on a bed. Scared out of my mind and shaking, so they opted to put me out. I slept like a baby and woke up with low blood pressure which went up fairly quickly. Since Ive been home I have been in bed 95% of the time. The propofol made me queezy when I was coming down off it, but nothing too bad. Its now been 24 hours. The 2 times I did sit up to eat I felt maybe 20% better. I realize its way too soon. I have some pain where the injection sites are. And even now while lying in bed and typing I feel pain in my left leg thru to the calf and numbness in the left foot. I will update in a few days. Ive heard round two does the trick, but everyone is different, and my evil side says this is it for me, no relief, no light at the end of the tunnel. I plan on going to the store and getting supplies as we are expecting a storm to come in. I will let you know how that goes and give an update over the next few days if anyone is intersted..

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      bjcatz25 5 years ago from Michigan

      @Brian how was was your ESI? Looks like that was a week ago....I hope your are still feeling no pain as I write this.

      My road to recovery continues as I fell two weeks after surgery. I hope I did not 'undo' what the surgeon did. I will see him in a few days as I have more pain in my left AND right legs now....I was doing so good for two weeks darn it!

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      LastStraw 5 years ago

      Great thread. I have read virtually read everyone's post, and have come to the conclusion that - what doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger! I am suffering with L5 herniated disc, and major sciatic pain in my left leg. I'm going in to see my doctor tomorrow to see what his insight is on this - as he's always prescribed medication instead of a solution. Wish me luck!

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      thyroideyes46 5 years ago

      Brian, I hope the ESI worked for you. They always help me; I just wish they would last longer. They get easier after the first one because you know what to expect. The anxiety isn't as high as the first time. Good luck, and let us know how you feel tomorrow.

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      Brian 5 years ago

      I haven't gotten my belt yet but I will let you know if works. Getting ready to get my ESI done actually right now. Nervous.....

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      bjcatz25 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ Brian continued...I had a laminotomy and discectomy L5 S1. Oh I meant to say a "raised" toilet seat for your bathroom so you don't have to bend down so far.

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      bjcatz25 5 years ago

      @Brian how does that decompression belt work...I was very tempted my self to add that to my bag of tricks. THe ESI's did not work for me and the end result was surgery for 11 days ago. I am 45 so a bit older than you but as they told me I was too young for this also but I had a great surgeon. In my case they found out during surgery the nerve was totally pinched off and part of the disc had broken off so you can see surgery was my only hope of any relief. I am hopeful the surgery was a success but have been warned the disc could herniate again (same disc has heriated twice in two years but causing different pain and the first time it did resolve itself without surgery but this time it was more serious and would not resolve itself without some intervention)I do feel alot better but still have residual tingling and achiness in my left foot. The surgeon said this would be the case as my nerve was pinched so much for so long. We are both hopeful this will go away in time. I have been off work for 8 weeks prior to surgery and it looks like I may be back to work in about 5 weeks or so. If surgery is in your future get yourself a shower chair, a "reacher/grabber" thingy you can pick things up with and get a seat for your toilet so will not have to bend down so far after surgery. I was in the hospital over night and then sent home the next afternoon. Good luck too you!

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      Brian 5 years ago

      Visits and the MRIs and physical therapy, steroid pills, Loritabs, muscle relaxers. Nothing really helps. Sure it takes the pain alittle but then when thy wear off its back to the same ol' thing. So finally I am going to my first EPI on Wed. I reall really hate needles so I am praying I am not going to have a bad experience like some of you have had. And I really hope that this works. I don't want to do surgery and I really don't think they will do that yet because I'm still young at 35. My goal is to get the shot hope it works and then workout like a madman to strengthen my core. I also bought this decompression belt that I saw on an infomercial the other day by a Dr Ho I think. Anyways I'll keep ya posted on my experience. Good luck everyone!

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      Brian 5 years ago

      Hey everyone. This is a great site and I've read many of these posts. I have bulging discs in my L4-L5 L5-S-1 from the military. I've been living with this pain for over 5 years And frankly I'm sick of it. Radiating pain from back and don't even get me started about the butt and leg pain. I went to my Dr and after all the chiro

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      P. Reynolds 5 years ago

      Someone please help me understand why my Pain Specialist has allowed me to suffer the excruciating pain and headaches. It has now been 8 weeks. I'm pretty certain I need a blood patch, but they refused. I'm allowed 4 Norfolk 10/325 per day and they've switched my muscle relaxer 4 times, and only increase my pain med by 2 pills for 1 day only, on 3 occassions since the injections. All I want is to be back where AI was before the injections, but they refuse to acknowledge anything is wrong. All my drug screenings have been totally appropriate, and I have tried giving this time and remain optimistic. Then 2 days ago, they allowed me to come in, did a pill count which was appropriate so they finally inverses my Norfolk to 2, 3 times daily, switch my muscle relaxers again, and ordered an MRI on my thoracic and cervical, when its my lumbar. Only to be contacted by them yesterday to let me know they were releasing me as a patient. Why would any medical professional do this, not only deny appropriate treatment, but turn them loose in my condition? Am consulting with an attorney now, but now I'm in very delicate condition, and must seek new referral for new doctor, before I can get any help.

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      Anne 5 years ago

      I apologize for not reading all of the posts on this thread. But I would not be able to sleep peacefully tonight if I didn't quickly share with you the fact that steroids have done nothing for me but bring very temporary relief and major adrenal shock/ hormone imbalances. The greatest blessing that I have ever received in my life is PROLOTHERAPY! I have herniated l5-s1, and have a severe case of SI joint instability/ sacrum issues. I can say that after 6 debilitating years of pain, decompression therapy and prolotherapy from a wonderful, reputable doctor have together saved my life. Please, stop the steroids and the snowball effect of weakening the joints. Stop te surgery unless it's absolutely emergent, and seek out prolotherapy. I don't want anyone to ever have to live with the pain I have felt, without the hope and reality that they can heal and live full lives. I am 30 years old this year, and plan to have a decade of new strength that my 20s couldn't offer me. God bless.

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      DrDonna 5 years ago

      I also had this done and would recommend doing it. I had 2 injections after a 3rd broken back. The first one didn't seem to do muchgood, but the second one made me feel like a new person!

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      lou 5 years ago

      Sorry to disagree, but my steriod cortisone shot was very painful and I could not walk afterwards for a few hours. Then only with a cane. It has been two days and still a lot of pain but I am hoping it gets better with time.. probably won't do it again unless i see big improvement in a few days.

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      bjcatz25 5 years ago

      So sorry about that I'm not sure that is a good question I guess I would start with the PT that are covered by your insurance first. Let me know if a tension table works. I've only seen one YouTube video show one. Otherwise I never knew about them.

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      Linda 5 years ago

      How do you find a PT with the traction machine without calling all of them in the area? I have had the ESI and it did help for quite awhile, but now that I have a foot drop, dr won't do the ESI again.

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      thyroideyes46 5 years ago

      Yes bjcatz25. Agree w you that most insurances require a referral to pain clinic from primary care physician. The orthopedist have pain doctors in their office who specialize in giving the injections. All insurance policies are different in what they pay and what is allowed. Disc problems are very, very common, so every large city has the pain centers where injections can be given. It's so nice to know that there is always some kind of relief out there, from pain patches to oral pain medication to injections. Just don't take anything that's addictive. For me, activity is the key to less pain. I don't sit around very long. I exercise every day and do flexibility exercises.

      Like bjcatz said, do your homework. There is a lot of info on the Internet. Check a reliable source, though. You don't have to live in pain. If the quality of your life has decreased, get some help to correct it. Life is too short to live in constant pain.

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      bjcatz25 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ Joanna: I live in Michigan and have had my ESI's at a place called Michigan Pain Consultants but I had to be referred by my general practioner but my insurance was also having me go to a Spince Center for Care.

      @ dannielle...good luck...Valentine's is when I go for a surgical consult.

      @ all again I am no Dr and what I write here is just my opinion and experience. Please consult your physician and do your homework and I do wish you all luck for whatever path you take.

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      danniellexoxoxo. 5 years ago

      Ive had a slipped disc since January 2011,and only recently they found out what it was! the pain has honestly been so unbareable,although on valentines day I will be having this injection,fingers crossed it relieves my pain!

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      Joanna 5 years ago

      ESI may be the solution to my problem! Any recommendations on a good doctor? Appreciate any help.

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      bjcatz25 5 years ago from Michigan

      @Casey good luck tomorrow please keep us posted on your surgery and recovery!

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      bjcatz25 5 years ago from Michigan

      Hi All @ Casey thank you for the info about surgery no offense was taken by your comments. The update on my situation is that after 3 ESI's all my pain has come back as if it was day one with my pain with now an added "on fire" sensation in my lower leg and foot...this is just my situation. By the time my insurance got me into the Pain Consultants for first ESI my nerve was so inflamed and by the time they ordered an MRI to confirm what we all knew I was still in pain and the inflammation was only slightly masked my meds. Fast forward to 02/09/2012 and I am on Morphine which really is not doing anything along with another oral steroid ( I feel my voice getting deeper..lol..that is actually the morphine laughing). A surgical consult is next just jumping thru more darn insurance hoops for authorization...what more do they need? My nerve is too inflamed for PT or any kind of exercise. My GP said let’s just get you as comfortable as possible until you can consult a surgeon for a discectomy. So any info you have would be great...I am already doing my research on neurosurgeons.

      @All..

      Again ESI's can work and do work but for me it was very very temporary. I was too far behind the 8 ball

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      nhocwc 5 years ago

      I just had one ESI and can get 3 more this year. I've been doing PT, lumbar traction, and a lot of various stretching exercises. I'm just wondering how you know when is the optimal time to get another injection, or wait it out.

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      thyroideyes46 5 years ago

      nhocwc, there are only so many injections you can get in a short amount of time. Your doc can tell you how many you can tolerate. Steroids contribute to bone loss. Maybe you can have physical therapy to see if certain exercises can help? Or maybe you can get another injection if you're not at your limit already.

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      nhocwc 5 years ago

      I had an ESI six weeks ago and have been doing fine, but now the tingling in my leg is returning. How do I know when it is time to get another ESI? Do I wait until its painful, or schedule it now?

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      IYAS 5 years ago

      @Cassey

      yes the pain was reduced but I feel my leg more weaker than before and the numbness didnt go, but as you mentioned Doc told me that it might take some times, and now am doing some Ph therapy (electric, Ultra sound, and some machine strtching and hot pad) for 15 days, all better than repeating the surgery again as I had a lot of terrible time after the first surgery.thanks anyways Casey

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      casey 5 years ago

      @hassan

      What was confirmed in MRI? You obviously have trapped nerve. But MRI shows why? Meds are first treatment as anti inflamitory. failing that its Injections failing that its surgery. Without info on MRI its hard to comment.

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      casey 5 years ago

      @iyas

      It can take up to 3wks. But thats for the nerve pain. Unlikely to remove numbness. The positive point to remember is that if the pain is reduced the doc has hit the right spot but the compression on the nerve maybe too great to remove the numb foot at all.

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      IYAS 5 years ago

      Hi everybody

      I had the injection two days ago, the pain decreased by 40% (and frankly speaking the whole procedure is a bit painful but it takes less than 30 Min for L4 L5 and L5 S1) but the question is for those had done the same: for how long the numb with your feet lasts? as it is the third day now and still feel my right feet numb.

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      AnnB 5 years ago

      nhocwc. I do not know which type of scan the doctor was talking about, I assume it was an MRI. I have been going to an NHS doctor at a clinic in Sussex which was referred to me by my own local doctor. They both agree with each other that it is a nerve running from my hip to below my knee (although lately the pain has spread to 4 inches below my knee). I will go back to my local doctor to seek his advice as he doesn't seem so pushy. Thanks for your advice. I find this website has set my mind at rest. I really felt that no-one was listening to me and also felt that I was the only person in the world with this problem, sometimes the pain being so bad (especially after driving or walking) that I would gladly have died. But not now, this column is a Godsend.

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      thyroideyes46 5 years ago

      AnnB, I'm also a 65 yr-old female. By scan, do you mean MRI? Don't know why your doc said you can't have an MRI w/o agreeing to ESI. Maybe your insurance requires it? Ask your doctor or his office staff more details. Usually the pain doctor/orthopedist has to look at an MRI to see what's going on with your body and what is causing the pain. Seems like you still have the choice to have injection or not. No one can MAKE you do anything. Have someone explain it to you in a way you can understand.

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      nhocwc 5 years ago

      I had an ESI about 6 weeks ago and was doing much better. My physical therapist is starting me on lumbar traction - what has been your experience with it?

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      AnnB 5 years ago

      I have had pain from just below my left knee up to the hip for 2 years after falling off a bicycle. Cannot sleep properly no matter which side I sleep on and walking is excruciating. Pain killers are useless. The doctor advised me to have an esi. I would be willing to have it but is it true that I cannot have a scan unless I agree to an esi? By the way, I'm 65 and female.

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      Hasan 5 years ago

      I ve been to 3 doctors ... bones and brain and nerves then the last specialized in this problems .. they told me to make MRI i did it they set me for lerica and some drugs which relax muscle but i feel noyhing getting better more than a month taking the medicine and nothing happend may be it get worser than first .. the last one told me to a 3d x ray on back ... and am waiting .. but i was only want any one to tell me what do u think about this ? thxx in advance :)

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      Linda 5 years ago

      I had one about a year ago and they put me out, so I felt nothing. I had alot of relief until I went swimming and must have undid what they did. Now I have alot of pain and a drop foot. I am thinking of getting another one. Have to go for another MRI tho, but it did help.

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      casey 5 years ago

      hasan - its called get yourself to the doc fairly lively mate. That doesn't sound good.

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      Hasan 5 years ago

      hello .. i wanna ask a question please .... i have a pain in my middle back something. like shock it comes for a second and disappear with no pain .. so i didn't work out for a month now and a numbness starts in my upper left back ... numbness don't stop for more than month any one know ??! what is this called ??!