Need your opinion on Spinal injections

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by kgangel, Oct 25, 2005.

  1. kgangel

    kgangel New Member

    Sure could use your opinion on spinal injections. I have been having a lot of pain, more then usual down my right hip and leg and into my foot. Went to a spinal specialist that suggests a new kind of spinal injection that replaces the fluid in the herniated disc and helps the patients pain stay gone longer then the old injection of cortisone.

    Anyone ever heard of this or had someone try this procedure? They say there is no pain except when the fluid goes into the spine there may be pain only for a couple seconds though. They use an epidural method I guess and that is about all I know.

    Thanks so much for your imput, I fear that I may have a bad flare after the procedure.

    kgangel
    [This Message was Edited on 10/25/2005]
  2. nonnie1967

    nonnie1967 New Member

    but I had two cervical epidurals to try to combat my constant headaches and neck pain. (I know now that I'm battling MPS, but I didn't know that then - neither, apparently, did the doctors at the pain clinic.) The first one didn't do much good. The second one was horrible - I think the placement was off a little? - and it caused such a terrible constant headache and so much additional neck pain that I was living on Vicodin and Skelaxin for weeks. I vowed "never again."

    And of course, since I am actually dealing with MPS, there's no way it could have helped much anyway, right? (Grr.)

    The procedure you're considering may be quite different, and more appropriate in your case, so I'm not sure how generalizable this is. Anyway, I wish you the best in finding relief for your pain!
  3. kgangel

    kgangel New Member

    I don't know it may be the same thing and that is one of my concerns that I will have a bad flare after. I have a herniated disc, but I also have MPS, so thanks for the imput

    kgangel
  4. beth0818

    beth0818 New Member

    I have had 3 trigger point injections and 2 epidural steroid injections. the first steroid injection didn't work, but they are usually given in sets of threes. i think you must be considering a better alternative to these injections, in which case i would have to say you should give it a try. my second injection helped tremendously!
  5. JLH

    JLH New Member

    I have a lot of low back pain that also causes hip pain as well as down my right leg and into my big toe and next toe to the big toe. Actually, my leg and foot/toes feel numb at some times.

    After x-rays and CT scans, as well as a few doctors, I found out that I have a pinched nerve between L4-L5 and S1.

    I eventually started treatment with a chiropractor. After 13 visits to him, I am doing somewhat better.

    I already had back pain and problems way before the pinched nerve. About 3 years ago, I had a series of 3 spinal injections. The doc referred to them as LESI's (Lumbar Epidural Spinal Injections). It was a combination of meds injected into my spine--they were supposed to reduce the inflammation as well as numb the pain. The DID NOT WORK.

    They were done as an outpatient in the hospital. Each shot cost $1500, plus the doc's fee. My insurance paid for most of it.

    I'll never get them again--the just did not work in me. However, they may work in someone else.

    Take care,
    Janet
  6. kgangel

    kgangel New Member

    I really appreciate your comments, I still don't know what to do and am worried, I guess when we get in this kind of pain we will try anything. I am praying it works if I go through with it.

    kgangel
  7. lilaclover30

    lilaclover30 New Member

    I am to have my first one a week from tomorrow! I hope I don't have a flare or get in trouble. My hubby, son, and daughter-in-law and I are to go the next day to a 3 1/2 day Southern Gospel conv. and hubby and I are staying down there. We have tickets for one year too.

    This Fri. i go down to and have a 1 hour TENS treatment. If I get along with that OK, I take one home. Rather nervous about both.

    Say a little prayer for me.

    Gentle Hugs to all of you
  8. NyroFan

    NyroFan New Member

    kgangel:
    I would search the net and keep researching until I was completely satisfied with what I found. Many here have been helped, some haven't. Getting to the bottom of it may require some more reading. Just what I would do--only a suggestion.
    Hugs,
    NyroFan
  9. kgangel

    kgangel New Member

    Nyro fan, I looked up the procedure, thanks for the info, I still do not know if I will have a bad flare after, but I think it will help me, at least I think there is a chance it will so I will probably do it. Lila, I would like to hear of your success with the TENS, let us know if you like it. I am not sure what you said , are you going to have an injection in your spine too, or are you just getting the TENS for pain relief? I just was not sure by what you said.

    Thanks again
    kgangel
  10. paige51

    paige51 New Member

    I've had two cervical epidurals injections. The first one was really painful, but, I benefited the most from it.

    The second one was totally horrible and did not help at all.I wish I had stopped with the first one.Still trying to get over the side effects from it now. I really think the dr. that did the second shot was way off.

    trust me , if I can't get the dr. that I want, I will not be going back to that office.

    paige51
  11. shell3

    shell3 New Member

    dear kgangel i had lumbar injections in my lower back spine they numb the area first and then inject it .i had 2 needles and it didnt hurt much its over pretty fast. well it didnt work i still have a lot of pain.but a nurse told me that it usually takes more than once to work. but i dont plan on having it done right off maybe in a few months. it sounds like i had the procedure as jlh. good luck to you.please let me know how you are doing
  12. Tiger69

    Tiger69 New Member

    kgangel,

    Are you talking about lumbar epidural steroid injections? If, so I've had 9 since 2001 and am going in later today for my 10th one. I usually only had 1 about every 4 to 6 months. Now I'm on the third in my first series of three. Most of the time they help. I've only had about 2 not help. That just usually means they didn't get them in the right place. If your leg goes numb afterwards, it means they got they right place. At first, I went to the hospital to have them done, now I go to a new doc and he does them in his office. Just make sure you have someone to drive you home especially, if they're going to sedate you. I have to be sedated. They forgot one time and it hURT LIKE HELL, so I always make sure that I'll be getting sedation before the injection. They usually take anywhere from 3 to 7 days to start working, so give it time. They help with my back pain a lot.