Hi Diana and welcome to the chronic pain forum. I am sorry that you have to be here but glad that you found us. You asked about
the steroid injection and my question is the dr talking about
doing just one injection or what. Some times the drs will do epidural steroid injections which are done in a series of three injections spread out a few weeks apart. The thing about
injections is they do not cure the problem, they hope the medication will calm down the inflammation and pain that is going on. Some times these work and some times they don't. No one can say whether or not these will help you, not even the dr.
Its a shame that you are unable to do any physio because it can be very beneficial to a person. If you end up having surgery you will in all probability need to do some to help strengthen your muscles. It takes very little use to weaken every thing in a short amount of time.
Here in the states the drs will not do surgery on someone immediately unless there is a chance of paralysis without having the surgery. They will treat conservatively as your dr is recommending before doing any surgery. Even when you have surgery there is no guarantee the pain will go away although that is the goal.
It is true that nerves can get worse if too much time has gone by, depending on how bad the nerves are being pinched or compressed. The nerves have to heal on their own. There again, only time will tell on how much they will heal.
Also, if you don't mind please start your own intro thread here so the other members will see it and be able to give you a proper hello and welcome aboard. Thanks.
Anyway, I wanted to pop on and tell you welcome aboard. Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
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Post Edited (straydog) : 2/27/2012 1:44:05 PM (GMT-7)