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   Posted 12/16/2008 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
shocked  I know some of you have had the epidural injections.My dr. recommends i try them for a buldging disc. I'd love to hear from you guys that have already been here the good the bad and the ugly.Oh yeah one more ? not only do i have a buldging disc i also have ddd and degenerative faucet disease can this also add to my pain? Hope everyone has a pain free day!!!
 Kay smhair

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   Posted 12/16/2008 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had them for pelvic pain and each one lasted a few weeks and then wore off. My dooc says they sometimes do that then start working again so we are waiting a while to do more. Right now I am doing PT to try to avoid having them in my neck so hopefully that will work, if not, I will let you know how it goes.

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   Posted 12/16/2008 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Have had many injections, only injection that has helped so far has
been the one for the knee, worked wonders for my knee, but the side
effects from the steroids this time around have been bad, will leave it
at that. You'll have to weight the pro and cons of having the steroid
injections, as for me never and I mean never again. The back injections
got maybe three hours of relief once, after that nothing....
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   Posted 12/17/2008 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Aunt Kay,
I have not had the epidurals done because my first pain mgt doc said they rarely work. In all honesty, I know of numerous people that had them done and swear never again. Some never got past the first 2 injections. My own PM dr said they are painful and why add that pain to a patient. He says all they are is a money thing for drs because they are expensive. Now, this came from a pain mgt drs mouth!!! Use it how you see fit.
If I am going to have a procedur done, I want something that will help me. I have had many done just not the epidurals for obvious reasons. I appreciated my dr being honest with me. He also said they do not work well for chronic pain to begin with.
Sad but true the dollar is real imporant to our drs these days cause the ins companies have whittled their payments don to peanuts, but as a patient, I am not there to pad their pockets.
Hope you get to feeling better. Hugs, Susie

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   Posted 12/17/2008 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had many many many epidurals done. also trigger injections & nerve blocks. The surgery itself isn't bad- I actually have been awake through a few, just under local anesthesia. You will be a little sore for a day or two. The effects didn't last long on me, a few weeks maybe but I have 6 bulging discs. There was however, a lady sitting next to me in pre-op who had hers done before & the effects lasted a year. So everyone is different. Just keep that in mind. It isn't a big deal at all...... I actually joke I like having them done because I know I will get at least 15 min of good rest. :) So go for it, you have nothing to lose. My PCP has the "no fear" as his motto. (I had discussed this with him prior to the surgery for a 2nd opinion). Let us know how it goes. Oh & it may take a few days for the effect to kick in, so don't be suprised. Good Luck!!
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   Posted 12/17/2008 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
 I the past couple years i've probably had 15 epidurals plus discogram.   The very 1st one seemed to help the most and did last about 2 weeks and when I went back to my PM he said lets try 1 right in the middle and that made it much worse.     They did a diagnostist series where they put 6 ( in my case )  needles down your spine near the nerves and inject a numbing medication and see if their is any relief.   None so then came the disco which showed tears in disc 3,4,5 75% hieght loss in 4 and large tear in 5 leaking fluid into the epidural channel.       PM said I am not a candidate for surgury given the location and condition of the disc's so we went to medication adjustments PT for awhile and just in the past 6mo we are doing the injections again every month.   I hear these work well for some and maybe not so well for others so  which ever way you go good luck and god bless

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   Posted 12/19/2008 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I've decided to give the epidural a try. I don't have anything to lose if it doesn't work just some money. If it does work that will be great and could hold off having to have surgery. So i'm going into this with high hopes of some much needed relief. My first injection will be on monday crossing fingers and toes! May you all have a pain free day.

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   Posted 12/20/2008 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
i have heard bad things. be careful. I am going for facet joint injection next month
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