regarding the Epidural I had a few days ago. It's still working. I mean it didn't take all my pain away, by any means, but did help. My question is... for the people who have had success with them, how long should I expect relief? Or is this a case by case thing? I was just wondering, because I know in the past, I had a few, that weren't as good as this one, and have heard, that it's more effective to have at least three to get the result's you really want. Is this really true, and neccessary. Please, any of you, with experience with this, I would greatly appreciate your advice. Thank you, in advance, for your answers. I look forward to hearing, hopefully some good news. but be honest too. I also got Facet injections too across my lower back. Te same question apply's to them too. Your Friend, Ruthie
Hi babyr0525. I've had a few of them my. The relief is different for everyone. I know how long they say it should last but it doesn't work for everyone. I'm glad it's working for you. My relief lasted about two months for the first one. After that it work at all for me. Don't get discouraged. As long as it works work with it. Happy to hear for you. Best of luck!
Much of the pain relief won't even kick in to 7-10 days
Remember there is a numbing medicine a short acting steroid and then a long acting steroid. Your Dr may have given you trigger point injections for immediate pain relief as well
(this is the most common formula but your injection could have been different)
I would also suggest after the first 24 hours you use cold applying 20 minutes on every hour
Be gentle with your back and neck... No picking up the kids for a few days and no big housework. The work for the move can wait 7 days
I can send you some gentle back and neck exercises if you would like them
I worked with many guys in Afghan and we had to do pain relief using advanced first aid and NSAIDs and pressure points and massage ... the super cool thing is that it Worked . I loved seeing the combination of eastern and western medicine.
Ironic... The local fields were full of pain relief and all off limits
Take care of you
Hi, I had more then one epidural in my neck. The first one lasted 5 weeks was fantastic and the 2nd one ... well before it wore off I had surgery about 4 weeks into it... 4 cervical vertabra's fused. Now I have cervical spondylolisthesis at C7 - T1 just below my fusion. I had spinal stenosis with mylopathy. Low back I have had facet joint injections and they were not as helpful. I have advanced facet arthropathy at L4-L5 and L5-S1 along with siatica in both legs. This all gets so spendy... they want to do more but I am still paying on some medical bills from last year and have new ones already for this year. Hope this helps. Here is what I know... they work different length of time for different people and I have heard that the 3rd one is a charm (last longest) on some people. If you got the means go for it! Good Luck!
Hi Ruthie! I'm happy for you that you are finding relief with the Epidural! I actually didn't know that you could use an Epidural for long term relief, I thought it was only for short term stuff like child birth, surgery, etc. I learn something new almost every day on this site!! :))
I am happy you are finding the relief you so desperately need. I know nothing personally about the epidural injections. Had a friend who had them and he did well until they accidentally struck a nerve, his life hasn't been the same since. The doctor told him there was nothing he could do. Don't wish to cast a shadow on your relief this was one case in a thousand so just keep looking up. I'll keep praying.
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