i don't know what to do i'm extremely nervous i don't like needles and things like that.. i had the epidural when i had my children when i had to have c-sections but i had no choice then.. so i don't know if i want to go through anything close to it... any suggestions? and what does it feel like???
I have had three epidurals shot's none effective, and they do hurt, he hit a nerve i almost jumped off the table with a needle in my back, but that was my experience, i have heard other's say they work wonder's so really it's a personal decision. sorry i couldn't be more of a help.
I have done ALL that crap! Epidurals, nerve blocks, radio frequency ablations, facet joint injections-ALL that stuff!! I'm with Laurie-they are uncomfortable, not necessarily painful. I get them under sedation even though I dont think the sedation does much. If they do them under fluoroscopy, which I wouldnt let a Dr do it without, they shouldnt be hitting nerves. I had them hit nerves when I had a discography test done but not an epidural. Sometimes they get pretty close to the nerve and it can be painful but those are usually the ones that work the best. The ones that dont hurt at all usually dont do as much good in my experience! I have gotten some relief from epidurals but not as much as some other people do. I've known some people who have gotten good relief for 6 months to a couple of years after epidurals. I think they are worth trying. It is different from the ones you get when you have a baby.
When you have a baby, they use a wider bore needle because they thread a catheter through so they can keep giving you medicine into the epidural space all during labor. With spinal pain epidurals they just go in and inject the medicine in one shot into the epidural space-they dont thread the catheter through and all that like they do for labor anesthesia. The pain is pretty minimal and brief even if they get close to the nerve, it just lasts a second. Sometimes you are a little tender the next day in that spot just like you would be after any injection. It works best for pain that radiates down the legs more so than it does for pain isolated to the lower back only. I think it is worth a try but make sure your Dr explains things to you. You deserve to know what is going on. If he isnt answering your questions and explaining things to you then find someone else or you can see if they have a PA or a nurse that can explain things to you. Sometimes the PA or nurse practitioners will take more time with you than the Dr will. If you do decide to do them, at least be sure you get two of them. It usually takes at least two before you know if they are going to work. It is VERY common not to get much out of the first one but usually you get better relief with the second one and even better with the third. There are usually three in a series. Do some research about them online. I like the National Pain Foundations website. They have a lot of good info on that site. There are quite a few good sites. Just watch out for sites that are selling something-they tend to be biased toward what they are selling. Another good site is the American Pain Society and also American Pain Association. These two sites have links to other sites you can check into. I also find a lot of good info on pain-topics.org-really great site!
I have also had injections by two different doctors. My first doctor, I had more pain when she gave me the injections but now with my new pmd, she is great, hardly any pain.
also it depends on the number of injections you are getting because the needle gets duller and with that more pain. My advice to you is if you do decide to get the injections just take a deep breath before each one.
I find the needle going in not as bad as the liquid being put in for some reason or another. Can't really put it in words maybe half of a bee sting
also write all your questions down the night before ur appt. and bring with you
I had epidural injections and they did nothing at all, but I wouldnt say they hurt like needle hurt they hurt in a differant kind of way to were you are achy all day afterwards. They put you into a twilight sedation which helps, and by the time you get driven home all you want to do is sleep.
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