Hello Gamma!....and welcome to this wonderful site! I also have lower back problems L4 & L5. I also have neck problems as well. I have had a total of 5 Epidurals, 3 in my neck and 2 in my lower back. The ones that I got in my neck helped greatly for about
a year or so, but my lower back never did well with them. They always gave me the choice of a sedative, and I'm glad that I did so. I would highly recommend it, and will make everything much more pleasent for you. One thing I would recommend for the Epidural, is that if a second one is offered in the same injection site, I would strongly suggest you take it. I was told by my Dr, that it usually takes two of them to get the most relief. If your insurance is anything like mine, they only cover the cost of 3 per year. I have seen many a case where the Dr, will push to have all three done in one year. It is big money for them. It can be a risky procedure though, so it is a decesion you will have to make. Ask lots of questions of your Dr. about
it. You will usually have to wait 2weeks before they will do the second one, and it takes about
72hrs for it to start working, if it is going to at all. The two week mark is considered the maximum effect it is going to have on you if it works on you. If you elect to be given a sedative, you will be required to have a driver take you home, as they won't let you drive at all. At least 12hrs of bed rest is normaly required after the procedure, and follow this to the T! Usually, 24hrs later you can resume normal activitys. Of course, this will all be explained to you before hand. Hope all turns out well for you. And keep us updated on your progress.
Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 11/6/2009 11:24:41 AM (GMT-7)