What you are describing is typical reactions of a steroid, these are only temporary, some people also have problems sleeping and fluid retention, and even emotional side affects. Usually these side affects from injections like you have are very mild and don't last, if they are really bothering you, then you should talk with your Doctor about them. Steroid are so often like a double edged sword. They do so much good and are use to treat some many things but the side affects can really be miserable. I know when I am give high dose predinsone for a ulcertive Colitis flare-up, it clears it up immediately, but the way it affects me is I feel like I want to cry all the time, it has a bad emotional component for me, again it is just one of the side affects of the medication, but when your a nurse working on an Onocology unit and taking care of dying patients, that is not an acceptable thing to have happen! Usually the injections, don't affect me to much other than feeling flushed and turning red. Everyone is different. Usually the affects from an injection is very short lived but again there is no hard fast rule, as it all depends on the person. The question I would have for you, Did the injections help your back pain? I just had my third one done in my neck (cervical spine at C-3,) and I get around 3 to 4 weeks relief from them,! But they can only give so many of then is a certain period. I believe it is three in the same area in a year. ( but I am not positive of that!) They are also a good diagnostic tool, because if you get relief from the epidural injection then it tells the Doctor that, that is the area where the problem is, and thus for some of us, surgery might be the way to get a permanent fix from the pain. Anyway, just watch what you eat as you can easily gain unwanted pounds if your not careful! I know from personal experience!
Good Luck to YOU!!
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!
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