I saw on a local news program that epidural steroid injections lose their effectiveness over time. In other words, the first round may produce a good result, but subsequent rounds are not as effective and do not 'last' as long.
What next then?
I've had four rounds so far in the past several years and I agree with this report. The first round lasted over a year, then again a year, then only a few months, now only weeks.
My lumbar spine grinds and sticks. Tramadol does little to nothing except make me a bit fuzzy and uncaring. Heat helps only a little, ice makes it worse. Massage only helps the muscle tension.
Has anyone else progressed beyond these injections? What can I expect, in your experience? What should I be asking my pain management doctor? I have an appointment on Thursday.