Epidural shot for lower back pain

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Does an epidural or cortisone shot help with lower back pain? I've had chronic lower back pain for at least 10 years and about 3 months ago I fell off a ladder about 7 to 8 feet off the ground and hurt my back. I was in a lot of pain over these last 3 months. It is only now about a week where I am starting to feel somewhat better. But I am scheduled to have a shot in my back next week and was wondering if I should cancel, only because I am just starting to get a little better. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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    If you have been prescribed the shot then of course it is expected to help you.  Otherwise it wouldn't have been prescribed would it?

    I would ask your doctor about the shot before you have it.  We can't give medical advice on here like that.  x

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    I would let the Doctor know you are better and see what he say's.

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    I have been getting epidural shots as often as I can for the last couple of yrs, I get at least 35 to 40 days of relief, then it starts to gradually return.  Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles helps along with the injections.   
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      Thanks barry5353 for replying and the others. I think I will talk to my doctor about it. While I was waiting for this appointment I had acupuncture and I think it gave me some relief. I think I will now try physical therapy to strengthen muscles. I couldn't a month ago cause I was in too much pain.

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    I've been suffering from lower back pain for 13 years and I've had oodles of injections in my back and SI joints. I've also had every degree of relief from complete relief of pain to no relief of pain. There is a degree of danger getting these injections. And the medication that they inject is not labeled for this type of procedure. But the fact that it's not should not be your only reason for not doing it. Doctors use all kinds of medication for reasons that are not on the label. So definitely talk with your doctor about it. I'm sure he/she can tell you the best thing for you to do.

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