You know I have had allot of different types of injections in my neck and back, and in just about all the different areas of my spine. This past Tuesday I had my second of three epidural steroid injections in my Lumbar spine at L-3. For me most of the time I have found the injections only give me short time relief, maybe if I am lucky I will see up to three weeks of relief, but that is not the normal. But the injections also serve another purpose. Allot of times I have found that surgeons ask about the injections and what relief I have gotten from them. I have been told it is a good diagnostic tool as to confirm that the problem area is where the injection was given. If you get at least some short term relief it tends to indicate that the problem area is around where the injection was given. At least that is what my neurosurgeon had told me about my neck.
Anyway the injections I have had lately, have only given me partial relief and last only for a week or so. But I have known others that have had the injections and have gotten many many months of relief from them! As you have already been told it is actually up to the individual, and what is actually causing the persons pain, and just how the persons body reacts to the injection. Everyone is so different. I guess in the end you will just have to decide for yourself if you want try it, I do know some people think that the injections are extremely painfull, I have never had any problem with them, and I never take the premedication that is offered, ( usually xanax or or something to relax you) I have found the worse part of the injections is when they scrub your back with the betadine solution because it is alway cold and is a real shocker LOL. There is some discomfort when they first numb you with the lidocaine but it is just a pin prick type of hurt. The actual injection is not so painful but just a feeling of pressure, but it is so short a time it is not really bad at all! But that is just my experience on getting them, and as I have said everyone is so different and feels things differently.
When I went to nursing school we were taught that pain is subjective and since we can not feel another persons pain, Pain is what the person says it is, and we just have to accept that! It is nothing more and nothing less than what the patient says it is!
I do wish you well and hope things work out for you!
Moderator Chronic Pain
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!