Had the epidural

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Jim1969
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   Posted 11/21/2009 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Got the epidural done Thursday morning and it seems to have went ok. As of right now I do have a decrease in my resting pain levels but my active pain is still just as bad as ever. I know it will take some time before I know what the full effects are going to be.

The good news though is that I have not had any of that pain increase that can occur a day or two after a steroid injection. I had some brief pain increase during the injection but once the medicine spread out a bit it went back to "normal" pretty quickly.

One thing I will say is the doctor who did the injections was very concerned about my comfort through out and she took the time to fully explain exactly what she was going to do before hand as well as what part of the procedure she was doing while it was going on.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.


FunnyGurl
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   Posted 11/21/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jim

You had an epidural for what? Sorry I am new here. 

I just went to Back pain specialist Friday and found out on top of the DDD and 2 herniated discs L5 and S1 i also now have osteoarthritis in same area.  Doc will schedule me for bilateral flouroscopic steroid injections. Is that anything like what you had or not?

Hope all is well with you.

Rhonda


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Fibromyalgia, DDD, 2 herniated Lumbar discs, OsteoArthritis Lumbar, Migraine, Dysthmic Disorder, Anxiey, Panic Attacks, OsteoArthritis Knee, Carpal Tunnel both hands, Currently Double Depression


straydog
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   Posted 11/21/2009 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Jim its good hearing from you and that you seem to be doing ok after the eppie. I am so glad that the person doing it was  genuinely intersted in you as a patient. Boy, that's a rarity these days. Will keep my fingers crossed that you continue to get more relief as times goes on.
 
When is your next one scheduled? Please keep us posted on how you are coming along. Kick back and relax and let the medication do its thing. Have a great weekend.


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PAlady
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   Posted 11/21/2009 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Jim,
Yes, that's great you're getting some relief from the injection. Good sign that maybe other procedures might also work for you if the epidurals don't last for long (like RF).

I hope you can relax and enjoy the weekend, as Susie suggests!

PaLady

White Beard
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   Posted 11/21/2009 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
FunnyGurl Yes the Epidural Injection is the same as what they want to give you!! For some people they can be quite effective and many get months and months of relief. Others like me get only a few days or a few weeks of relief! Everyone is different! I do hope that if you get them that they work well for you!


Good Luck to You!



White Beard

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 11/21/2009 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
     Good Evening Jim! ....glad all went ok for you! Give it two weeks for the full effect....and then if at all possible, get the second one. Keep us posted buddy!
 
   Michael

Jim1969
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   Posted 11/21/2009 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
On Monday I have to call the physiologist who suggested the epidural for a 2 week followup. Going to make it a rather busy week at the doctor's more than likely as that will be the same week I have an appointment with my PCP to follow up on my nice foot infection (which is getting better) as well as discuss how well the pain meds are working and hopefully make an adjustment if needed.

After I see the physiologist then I get to start my aquatic therapy. Nothing like going and playing in the pool in December and January. wink
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.


Chartreux
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   Posted 11/21/2009 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
WooHoo Jim,
so glad these injections are giving you some relief...sure hope it continues for you...rest up and
don't forget to use ice on those injection sites...
Lots of soft hugz and keep us posted...
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Piercings
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   Posted 11/22/2009 1:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Yay! I'm glad that someone else can get relief with the steroid injections. Unfortunately I'm like WB and the amount of relief they give me is not worth it. But I've had a lot of help due to the change of climate recently and am in a warmer area. So, regardless of what my 'neighbors' around here are like, at least I hurt less.
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FunnyGurl
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   Posted 11/22/2009 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank You White Beard for the info did not know if epidural and what I was receiving were same procedure.

Any relief at this point would be great I actually have to get up now sitting on lazyboy and hurt so bad...

Jim I hope all goes well for you i would also like to start warm water therapy pt but after I get some of this back and fibro flare calmed down.  Get well!

 

Rhonda :)


Humour is always the Best Medicine!
 
Fibromyalgia, DDD, 2 herniated Lumbar discs, OsteoArthritis Lumbar, Migraine, Dysthmic Disorder, Anxiey, Panic Attacks, OsteoArthritis Knee, Carpal Tunnel both hands, Currently Double Depression


mrsm123
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   Posted 11/22/2009 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Jim,
Glad that you are getting some relief. Just be careful with the frequency of the injections. And the dose they give you. Too much can create many problems that you don't need .
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
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bsjaguar
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   Posted 11/23/2009 4:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Jim, let us know what the doc has to say about your foot infection. Be careful in the pool which I'm sure is heated cause alot of bacteria can live in heated pools and hot tubs.

Glad to hear you are getting relief from your injection.
Good Luck with your busy week!!
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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