The caudal epidural is used to try to place the steroid and numbing meds lower in the lumbar/sacral spine area. It might help like Stray said, if there is a lot of inflammation going on, which is entirely possible, ,especially if you have increased your activity level in the recent days or weeks.
A fusion does a lot of damage to the muscles, because of the cutting and pulling them aside to reach the vertebrae, so sometimes, a little increase in activity level can cause a lot of inflammation.
I will warn you, that it is painful, or it was when I had them. And it may also increase your pain levels for several days afterward.
Try using one of those heat wraps, and a nice hot shower, or a massage might help relieve the muscle tension. I know that my muscles are always tight, like they have all been pulled and in spasm forever now.
I should take my own advice and get a massage.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
Avascular necrosis of left wrist- maybe hips too