IF you had an epidural for childbirth, it's probably pretty similar to what you'll get for your spine as far as the general process. Although you probably have very different memories regarding childbirth! I know Gramps said the epidurals weren't used for diagnostic purposes but for me they were - but this was after a lot of other tests such as MRI's. Actualy, my neurosurgeon referred me for several injections in different sites to try to narrow down exactly what was causing the pain because it could have been coming from several different
locations. So I had epidurals, facet joint injections, and they would inject at one level (L4-L5) and then another time L5-S1. This was because on the MRI many
locations were problematic, so it was to isolate more precisely the
location causing my pain.
But the only injection that ever really helped my pain to any significant degree was an SI joint injection, but even that wore off in a few weeks.
Since you've had some injections for yoru wrist and childbirth, I think you have a general idea of how things will go.
p.s. Just to clarify a bit re: what Gramps has said, I have a hunch your epidural is for pain management, unless it's being requested by a neurosurgeon. My first epidurals were done by pain management doctors (interventional radiologists - the high tech guys) and were for pain management purposes, although the record of what helps and what doesn't can help with diagnostic purposes later on. But my last series of injections were for diagnostic purposes and ordered by my surgeon as he was evaluating me as a surgical candidate.
Post Edited (PAlady) : 5/22/2008 9:51:15 AM (GMT-6)