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Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection

Today I had a series injections of anesthetics and steroids in my spine. These are supposed to temporarily relieve my pain over the next two or three weeks. After that, we get to see if I am still in pain, and how bad it is, and that will be the lead determining factor of whether I go in for a discectomy to take care of the herniated disc. The discectomy would be a minimally invasive micro endoscopic procedure, which depending on the results may or may not be an outpatient procedure.

The shots I had today were painless, and the radiologist who administered them was amazing. The hard part though was lying on my stomach long enough to receive the injections. This three minutes of lying on my stomach was probably one of the most painful experiences of my life. My back just can not support that position right now. But relief came quickly afterward, so the three minutes of extreme pain was worth it.

What I’m hoping for, of course, is that after three weeks and the wearing off of the steroid injection, that the ejected disc material pushing up against my sciatic nerve will have been reabsorbed or receded away from my nerves. That’s really the source of all this pain; not the rupturing of the disc, but rather the pressing on and displacement of my lumbar nerves. If I’m not in pain after that, I can start some more serious physical therapy and hopefully get some strength back. But the radiologists reaction to my MRI was not encouraging, and he gave the impression that any relief he could offer would only be temporary. Only time will tell.

New England Baptist Hospital was impressive though. No smoking anywhere on their campus, super clean and modern, all the support staff were in suits… it just felt like a very well run operation.

In light of all this prospecting goes well… I’ve had several good conversations over the last few days. The power of online social networking in situations like this is becoming extremely clear. LinkedIn and Twitter have been indispensable.

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  1. Don Loeb | July 20, 2009 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Hey, good luck with the injection. I had one this AM. My question is how fast the anesthetic wears off. I have been almost pain free for about 12 hours, but It seems unlikely the steroids are working yet. The doc said there might be a period in between–if the steroids work at all. Any insights?


  2. Bill Myatt | August 17, 2009 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    I have recently had 2 injections over a 5 week period and have had good results.

  3. Marie Brennand | January 5, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    How are you going on?I had one about 4 weeks ago and I dont think that it has worked for me.

  4. Johnny Muscle | March 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    good luck man

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  6. Anonymous | July 26, 2014 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    The types of surgery commonly performed are – discectomy which removes the herniated disc
    that pressurized the nerves, the fusion surgery which is due to vertebra slip and it has
    to be fused into place by using metal rods and injections at the
    back to relieve pain. The problem isn’t in your muscles; it’s in your
    brain, the organ of learning and the center of long-term reflex actions, such as postural reflexes.
    Move it: Another very easy way to get relief from the backache is to be active.

  7. Anonymous | September 6, 2014 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    This type of therapy can include sitting in a pool of warm water, or using ice
    packs on the affected area. The problem isn’t in your muscles; it’s
    in your brain, the organ of learning and the center of long-term
    reflex actions, such as postural reflexes. Incidences of the problem seem to increase with age-up to the middle or late

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