I had a lumbar epidural 3 days ago (from a respected pain management doc) for pain associated with my herniated discs-L4,5,S1/sciatica. My pain increased for two days & still has not subsided from the 'before-epidural' level. The dr said it was normal as the cortizone applies some pressure into the area in which it is injected and everyone metabolizes medication at a different rate. Has anyone had any experience with this?
I have been taking 5mg hydrocodone every 4-6 hours to 'take the edge off', but I haven't been pain-free in months. (My heart goes out to you all who suffer with this for years!) I called the dr & he called in a prescript for Tramadol. I'm hoping it works better for me until the epidural works... if, indeed, it works at all. Just feeling disappointed at the moment...