epidural injections?

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   Posted 2/2/2009 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Just left the dr office and he is suggesting epidurals for some pain relief.  My shoulder and neck are really in a bind right now, (nothing new, just constant).  My question is , are they worth it?  Do they really help?

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   Posted 2/2/2009 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   

I had a series of 3 epidural injections last year. the pain management physician said the injections should relieve or diminish pain for up to two years.

After the first injection, I did have some relief..maybe fifty percent. I was greatful. Unfortunately it was short lived. The second and third injections provided no relief. I was so disappointed.

Everyone is different and maybe you would have better results.

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   Posted 2/2/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Just speaking for myself, when I was at at my worst in 2006, for the most part, bedridden & homebound for four month's, not knowing what it was yet, I went to pain management & had a series of 3 epiderals, each a month apart. The first one gave me about 30% relief, the second, 60% & the last one enough relief that I could feel partly normal anyway & able to function.
I don't know what would have happened had I not tried this. I havn't had to have anymore so far.
To back up a bit, those worst 4 months were late summer, early fall & by December I was finally diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. That doctor agreed the Fibro was what I was experiencing.
Like aux433 said, everyone is different, but I would give it a try if i were you. ~Sande~

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   Posted 2/3/2009 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, I was in surgery to clean up a meniscal tear in my knee. After they gave me an epidural, they began to operate. I jumped and jumped (in a sleep state mind ). The nurse later told me it was amazing.

this is how they diagnosed my fibro. Eventually they gave me general anesthesia for a minor surgery.

However, 15 years earlier, the epidural worked when I was in labor. lol

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   Posted 2/11/2009 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   

To momofmany,

I have had several cervical epidurals with good relief of pain. I am scheduled for a thorastic epidural next month. I've had four cervical spinal surgeries and have lots of headaches and pain. Just ate up with arthritis and degenerative disc disease. I hope this epidural works as well so that maybe I can start driving again. Right now everytime I drive I want to vomit. Isn't life grand?

Hope things go well for you.




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   Posted 2/11/2009 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I saw my rheumy today and she injected both hips. She is referring me to a pain management group. Have any of you seen these type of doctors and what is involved?

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   Posted 2/11/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Epidurals....had them about 3 years ago. I had a couple in my lower back and a little time later had them in my neck and mid back area. I was told once by a ortho doc just over a year ago I was nuts to get injections in my neck. Hey, I was trying to get rid of all the pain I kept having....still have. I found NO relief with any of the injections I was given, had some flushing after the last ones I had though, that was wierd.

The Pain Clinic docs recommended for these injections, one in my lower back was done by one, then the neck/mid back area injections were done by a different clinic doc. I found that the pain clincs I have worked with didn't quite grasp my problems/symptoms. Neither were able to confirm that I had FM.

I guess I should just say my experience with Pain Clinics were not very good.

Maybe they will work for you, give it try.... if your insurance covers it, great. I wish you well. Sorry if I sounded a little negative. My apologizes.

Take it easy,

I hope they work for you...
Dx Fibro 1/2008, gastritis

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   Posted 2/11/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I had two of the series of 3, ten days apart. The first not relieving any pain and the second worked for about 2 or 3 months, maybe 50 to 60%. They were lumbar epidurals. I have, however, heard others say they worked beautifully.

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.

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   Posted 2/12/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   

I had a series of three epidural injections, with no difference at all. A friend told me before I had them that they would make you lower back much weaker after you had them and she was right. I also had a doctor that did "blind shots", which means he just aims and shoots.....I was not under an xrax machine or anything to show him where the needle was located.

The second shot I received....the doctor asked.......can you feel that in your left leg and I said yes.........all the way down to my toes and he said OOPS.....I need to move over a little bit.

Well.............needless to say.....I freaked out.

My advice (but it is totally up to you) is DON'T HAVE THEM if there is any way out of it.

Best of Luck



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   Posted 2/12/2009 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so confused! My only experience with epidurals involved childbirth. How does this help fibro? Does it numb the painful "parts" so you can't feel anything like a childbirth epidural does??

Hey, there's an idea. Just numb me up, doc!
love and hugs

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   Posted 2/12/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Danielle, the kind of epidurals I had (aside from childbirth) were steriod/cortisone epidurals.  I have had several to try and shrink tissue and reduce inflammation due to herniated discs (lumbar).  Unfortunately, they didn't really work very well for me, and I had to have surgery (twice) anyway. 
I would try them again, though, to try and prevent surgery.  Recovery from the spinal epidurals was a walk in the park compared to surgery.
Momofmany, what kind of epidurals have been recommended for you? 
Hugs - Austen
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Fibromyalgia, 2 back surgeries, Meniere's Disease, 30+ kidney stones, GERD, IBS, Asthma, Allergies, Endometriosis, Heart Arrythmia, Myofascial Pain, TMJ.

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