steroid injections ineffective over time? new report yesterday

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   Posted 3/22/2017 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I saw on a local news program that epidural steroid injections lose their effectiveness over time. In other words, the first round may produce a good result, but subsequent rounds are not as effective and do not 'last' as long.

What next then?

I've had four rounds so far in the past several years and I agree with this report. The first round lasted over a year, then again a year, then only a few months, now only weeks.

My lumbar spine grinds and sticks. Tramadol does little to nothing except make me a bit fuzzy and uncaring. Heat helps only a little, ice makes it worse. Massage only helps the muscle tension.

Has anyone else progressed beyond these injections? What can I expect, in your experience? What should I be asking my pain management doctor? I have an appointment on Thursday.

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   Posted 3/22/2017 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi PM, over the years we have had various members that were having eppies ever so often that found them to be ineffective over time. Just my thinking is after awhile the body becomes to use to this & they stop working so well. In a sense its like medication, taken for long periods it can become ineffective. Another thing is the dr injecting the correct area. That happens a lot. In the past few years there has been some negative things about eppies because of the risk involved.

Have you tried RF ablation of the nerve endings? That may be something to discuss with your dr this week. It is not a cure but may well be something to consider. A median branch block will determine whether you are a good candidate for the RF procedure. I had it done on my neck & back. It helped my neck so much but it did not work on my back like we had hoped it would. I do recommend always having light sedation with RF. It was very much worth trying.

Let us know how the appt goes. Take care.
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