Anniedaze Please read! Epidural Question?

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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/6/2010 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Anniedaze! I read a post a little while ago, where you were asking about an Epidural. I know that you posted the question to White Beard, but I thought it might be a good idea for the members to find it here.

I have had at least 3 to 4 of these in my neck and 3 or so in my lower back. While I'm no expert on them, I can share what I experienced with them. There will probably be several members here that can share their experiences as well, including White Beard that you posed the question to.

Generally, the Epidural is loaded up with a very powerful steroid, with the idea it will reduce any swelling around the Spinal Cord, thus relieving any pain caused by it.

For some, it can provide either long or short term relief, and for others there is no relief at all. I had several in my neck area, and feel like I had some success, but then again, I had several in my lower back, with little or no relief.
Most insurance company's will allow 3 per calendar year, and it is generally recommended to get at least two within a two to three week period when a person starts the process. That being said, you should really so at the recommendation of your Dr.

The process can be painful, but some clinics will offer the choice of sedation. I have had it both ways, and I will always take the sedation from now on if it is offered.

I did not mean to butt in on a question posed to White Beard, but I thought it might be nice to post the question here to where the members might find it easier. Lets hope that White Beard, and others with experience in this area will chime in and add their two cents worth on the subject.
Good luck to you, and I sincerely hope you find some relief soon.

SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


PAlady
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   Posted 4/7/2010 2:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Anniedaze,
There are numerous older threads dealing with epidural injections, nerve root blocks, facet joint injections, etc., so you may benefit from using the search feature of the forum. Many of us have already posted a lot on this topic over the months and years since they're so common. But I'm glad you asked White Beard as his experience is most recent and he's a nurse.

Just MHO but I think it might have been best to continue this on the thread anniedaze started, unless she only wants responses from White Beard. Sometimes I think there's a tendency to start so many threads dealing with the same topic that it not only gets confusing, but can take up valuable forum space. Again, this is all IMHO.

PaLady

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/7/2010 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
PaLady, My most sincere apology to you and the other members that this may have bothered. I don't know why I seem to keep messing things up here. I guess I'm pretty naive and don't tend to listen well. I will try much harder to follow the rules better in the future.

I have had the hardest time pleasing you here, and that's a shame, as I think I'm doing my best to help other members here, and I try to be as positive as I can be. Maybe I tend to try and over help? I sincerely hope you have a wonderful day, and hope I can do a do a better job for you and the other members in the future.

SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


PAlady
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   Posted 4/7/2010 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
SE,
You really don't have to please me or anyone else here, except many the admin through following forum rules like all of us. And I don't think you broke a rule here, I was just expressing an opinion.

If you would like more of my thoughts on this - which again, would just be my opinion, my thoughts and nothing more - just ask.

PaLady

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/7/2010 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I was just checking, because you seem to have more of what I call constructive criticism for me than most other members here, and it has been going on for a long time. I'm here to offer my support to who ever I can, and anything less than that seems to be negative in my opinion. I was very clear in the beginning of the post that I did not mean to butt in on someones else s post. I thought I was helping the members as a whole here. Lets keep this positive for the good of the forum please. My heart is in the right place, and I may make some mistakes along the way, but we are all here to learn in a positive way. Thanks!

I also want to point out that you have a very high knowledge here on the forums, and I have great respect for that, and there is a need for that help for members who ask for it. No body here disputes that.

SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 4/7/2010 10:33:16 PM (GMT-6)

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