I was told today by a new pain management Dr. that I needed an epidural shot to help manage the pain from ruptured discs and sciatic nerve pain . I am currently taking Opana 20 and Loritab 10/325 neuroxin and somas and baclofen and wear a back brace. What I wanted to know was, will i be free of the narcotics and brace or will I be given the pain killers along with the shots to help manage . Also I wanted to know the risks involved in this procedure and how effective will it be ?