Good morning. My name is Dani. It is very nice to meet you. I hope you find Healing Well Community to be a nice relaxing place to be. I know it is like a second home to me.
I get "Injection Series" (Epidurals of cortisteroids) done regularly for 2years now. They are part of a detailed pain management regimine and they are of tremendous help to me. I have "series" done to the most injured areas of my spine. My only wish is that I could have more of my spine done, but there is a limit to the amount, types, and peroid of time inbetween each.
The injections (epis) work great for some, and not so great for others. I do not know why that is. But, here is alot of information you might find usefull.
A nerve block is an injection of medication onto or near nerves. The injected medication may include a local anesthetic, steroid and narcotic.
- Facet Joint Block and Medial Blocks
Joint inflammation between the spinal bones can cause back pain. A facet joint block is an injection of local anesthetic and steroid medication into the joint. A medial block uses similar medication injected outside the joint space near the nerve that feeds that joint.
- Peripheral Nerve Block
Paresthesias are sensations described as numbness, tingling, or a ’pins and needles’ feeling. These sensations may be caused by a disturbance in the peripheral nervous system. The nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord are the peripheral nerves. Sensory peripheral nerves transmit information to the central nervous system. Motor peripheral nerves transmit information from the brain.
- Selective Nerve Root Block (SNRB)
Pain and discomfort from cervical or lumbar radiculopathy may be relieved by a SNRB. A radiculopathy is irritation and inflammation of a nerve root that serves a particular body part (eg arm, leg).
- Sympathetic Nerve Block
Sympathetic nerves regulate part of the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. This includes such bodily functions as sweating and blood flow. Conditions causing chronic pain often involve the sympathetic nerves.
Epidural Steroid Injections
The epidural space is the space surrounding the membrane that covers the spinal cord and nerve roots. Disorders such as spinal stenosis and herniated disc can cause nerve irritation, inflammation and pain. An epidural injection places anti-inflammatory medication (eg steroids) into the epidural space. Epidural injections are performed in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.
Sacroiliac Joint Injection
The sacroiliac joint is the largest joint. It is located in the lower spine above the tailbone. Inflammation of the sacroiliac joint can cause low back and buttock pain. An injection of an anesthetic and steroid may help relieve joint pain.
I hope you can find a few moments to relax today. Again, it was a pleasure to meet you and I look forward to getting to know you a bit better.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood