Epidural Steroid Injections?

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I've been dealing with sciatic pain for 8 weeks. It's is the most dehibilitating excruciating pain I could never have imagined.

I have been referred from my Primary to a Pain Management specialist. They want me to do a steroid injection but I get so many mixed results from others who've had them done.

The pain is so bad that I can't get more than 2 hrs sleep, can hardly walk, can't sit or lay. I can't work at all.

I'm taking anti inflammatories, muscle relaxers and tramadol. They just seem to take the edge off.

I've also been in physical therapy, which helped at first, but the last round of exercises seemed to take me backwards.

My pain actually seems to be getting worse.

I welcome any of your experiences where sciatica is concerned.

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    Thus far I am surviving by laying flat on carpeted floor with hips flexed.

    Best wishes

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      it hurts, typically I will have electrical shocks down both buttocks and the back of my thigh.

      Heat helps more than cold

      Are you able to lay flat on your back in bed WITH YOUR HIPS FLEXED...sometimes I sort of begin a sit up with feet flat and pulled towards my butt but stop and hold the stretch on my back.

      This is easier and more effective if I use the heating pad first to warm the cramped muscles.


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    Hi Crystal

    I had one course (of what would have been more had my consultant not been called up - he was a reservist when Afghanistan/Iraq was flaring up); the replacement consultant referred me back to physiotherapy, which hadn't worked four years previously, which was why I was referred to the hospital in the first place!- he later had the gall to take me off his list "as I had missed an appointment" - well no actually, I had phoned the hospital the day prior to that supposed missed appointment to tell them that I was in absolute agony and would not be able to drive to the hospital (about 20something miles away) and could they do something about hospital transport - no they couldn't, that would have to be arranged by my GP, so I phoned my surgery, who also said no, as they would need more than 24 hours notice to arrange it - about three or four years later I was again referred to hospital, a much more understanding consultant who eventually performed a discectomy and decompression on L4/L5 to relieve the sciatic pain - anyway, I digress, if offered to me I would take the spinal epidural like a shot - mine lasted the six months that it was due to last, and I got so much relief from having it done - all I would say is that when performing the equivalent to a Lumbar Puncture, if the anaesthetist hits your spine with the needle instead of the 'sweet spot' that he/she should find, it bloody well hurts an awful lot - my trainee guy had six goes at it before he gave up and passed it to a lady trainee, who got it right first time - if you're under general anaesthetic you won't feel where/when they make that error, but I believe it's best to be fully awake so that you can let them know they're doing it wrong

    Hope that helps

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      The stories of people in this horrible pain just makes me so sad for them! I'm so sorry you had to go through that. I have my injection scheduled for tomorrow. Hoping that is helps me!

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    Hey CJ

    My med list. This is what works for me. It took 4 weeks of taking the pills before my body started feeling the benefits, cause I thought the pills were garbage until they actually spread out through my system.

    Lyrica - 150mg twice a day

    Celebrex - 200mg in the morning

    Cyclobenzaprine - 10mg three times a day

    Oxycodone - 10mg twice a day

    Oxycocet - 5&325mg one when pain is bad

    Two weeks ago (in a hurry) my wife and I had to hop a plane to deal with a family matter. Only when I got there did I realize I forgot my meds. I figured "oh well, what's two days, they're prolly just placebos anyways." Guess what...not placebos...back pain still very real under the meds.

    As I discussed with you in pm, follow the steps. I have heard of a lot of cases that got better. Stick with the painful physio, or see if you can get into an Aquasize program, and find a set of meds that work.

    Go for the injections! Mine helped just a little, but even just a little is better than not at all.

    Good Luck! TB

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    And as for the steroid injection(s)...any credible place will give you a numbing shot, followed by a shot of dye, and should be monitoring your insides with a live X-ray (that's why the dye) as they give you the actual steroids in the 3rd shot. If they don't do this...find somewhere that does. Last thing you need is...

    Let's just say you don't need it done wrong, how's that.

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      The place I'm looking at doing it uses the X-ray for guidance and I've heard from the Drs other patients, that he does a good job. Hoping to have my appt tomorrow.

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    One day post ESI. Can't walk AT ALL. excruciating pain with every movement. Have to be carried everywhere. When will this agony end?? I'm now wishing for the sweet release of death. Not sure what will happen when I have to urinate. Probably end up just peeing all over myself since I can't get to the toilet.

    MRI is happening today, hopefully they'll figure out what is happening in my back.


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