I have never had one, even during childbirth ( I was afraid).....I have found for you some good information and I hope that it will help you. I am sorry that you are feeling bad...it can be awful pain.
Epidural steroid injections
Spinal injections are not new – the use of spinal injections to treat low back pain was first documented in 1901, and in 1952 epidural steroid injections were first used to treat low back pain with associated sciatica (pain in the sciatic nerve due to lumbar disc herniation). Today, epidural steroid injections have become an integral part of non-surgical management of low back pain.
An epidural injection is typically used to alleviate chronic low back and/or leg pain. While the effects of the injection tend to be temporary - providing relief from pain for one week up to one year - an epidural can be very beneficial for patients during an episode of severe back pain. Importantly, it can provide sufficient pain relief to allow the patient to progress with their rehabilitation program.
An epidural is effective in significantly reducing pain for approximately 50% of patients. It works by delivering steroids directly to the painful area to help decrease the inflammation that may be causing the pain. It is thought that there is also a flushing effect from the injection that helps remove or "flush out" inflammatory proteins from around the structures that may cause pain.
This article provides an overview of epidural steroid injections, including:
What is an epidural steroid injection?
When is an epidural typically recommended?
How is the injection performed?
What are the benefits?
What are the potential risks or side effects?
How frequently can epidural steroid injections be performed?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~... frequently can epidural steroid injections be performed?
There is no definitive research to dictate the frequency of how often a patient should have epidural steroid injections for low back pain and/or leg pain. In general, it is considered reasonable to perform up to three epidural injections per year.
Epidural steroid injection timing varies
Typically, epidural steroid injections are done in two-week intervals. However, there is no general consensus in the medical community as to whether or not a series of three injections need always be performed. If one or two injections lessen the patient’s low back pain and/or leg pain, some physicians prefer to save the third epidural steroid injection for any potential recurrences of back pain later in the twelve-month period.
By: Rick Staehler, MD
November 1999 (updated August 4, 2000)
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