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    Epidural injections

    I did a search, but didn't find many threads about Epidural injections for pain management, aside from a few that scared me and left me thinking that this is not such a good idea. I was recently referred to a spinal specialist because of my pain at my injury site. After looking at my recent CT scan I am pretty sure that the reason that I hurt so bad is because some of the screws are entering the spinal canal and impinging on my spinal cord. I don't know why it is that the screws are so poorly placed, whether it's incompetence or because my lack of insurance at the time of my injury left the doctors knowing that they probably weren't going to get paid or their work or what, nevertheless there they are. Anyone that has read any one my previous threads on the subject has heard my complaints about the severity of my pain. So anyway, I was sent to this spinal expert who did absolutely nothing except tell me that I need to go to the spinal clinic at the Santa Clara Medical Center. Well now I guess because someone gave him a hard time for doing nothing for me, he has suggested that I receive an epidural. From the few threads that I read this doesn't sound to me like a very good idea and I am afraid that they are only shooting in the dark at a way to shut me up and justify the prior appointment charge rather than helping me. Has anyone else with an incomplete L! ever been given an epidural for their pain management and if so did it work.

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    If it were me and I am an incomplete crushing L1 injury (T12-L2). I would not have any epidural near the injury site. I talked to a trusted doctor friend years ago off the record. I had two in the hip joint which fixed the pain I was having but the way my injury is there was no guarantee and a whole lot of risk involved.

    I don't know what your injury site looks like but if it is your screws causing the problem then they don't need to do pain management, they need to fix the problem.

    Don't settle for anything less. You are right to be scared. Find another physician if you need to. I would.



    Quote Originally Posted by nauticalmike View Post
    I did a search, but didn't find many threads about Epidural injections for pain management, aside from a few that scared me and left me thinking that this is not such a good idea. I was recently referred to a spinal specialist because of my pain at my injury site. After looking at my recent CT scan I am pretty sure that the reason that I hurt so bad is because some of the screws are entering the spinal canal and impinging on my spinal cord. I don't know why it is that the screws are so poorly placed, whether it's incompetence or because my lack of insurance at the time of my injury left the doctors knowing that they probably weren't going to get paid or their work or what, nevertheless there they are. Anyone that has read any one my previous threads on the subject has heard my complaints about the severity of my pain. So anyway, I was sent to this spinal expert who did absolutely nothing except tell me that I need to go to the spinal clinic at the Santa Clara Medical Center. Well now I guess because someone gave him a hard time for doing nothing for me, he has suggested that I receive an epidural. From the few threads that I read this doesn't sound to me like a very good idea and I am afraid that they are only shooting in the dark at a way to shut me up and justify the prior appointment charge rather than helping me. Has anyone else with an incomplete L! ever been given an epidural for their pain management and if so did it work.
    T12-L2; Burst fracture L1: Incomplete walking with AFO's and cane since 1989

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    Thank you dd you have always given me good advice in the past so I am willing to take this advice you have given me to be good as well. I truly do appreciate you always being there for me when I am in doubt. By the way, where the pouch is the hills of nowhere and back, because I really would like to meet you in person because you seem like such a nice person and I could really use someone like you as a friend from time to time, becu=ause although I do have met die and daughter, that is all the I have. Before my injury I was always so busy with my work that I lost touch with every friend that I ever had. Although I totally understand if you don't want to meet me, I could really use a fellow gimp just as a friend, and you have shown me on many occasions that you have a warm heart, so if you are up for it I really would like to meet you just to say hi, and thank you.

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    I'm not going to go back and fix it but the damn spell check on here pisses me off!

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    naticalmike:

    I have been doing steroid epidural injections for the last two years. I have them done in both upper and lower spine. (They hurt like a **bleep*bleeep*) Anyway, the effect would only last about 2-months, then I would be in greater pain for the next month until I could have the next one at 3-months (you have to space them out at least 3-months apart).

    Then the brilliant (NOT) doc decided that I needed to do Faucet Injections instead! Great, I will do anything to get relief. Had the 1st round of three shots 2-weeks ago, and the 2nd round of three shots this past Monday. To my horror, I am apparently allergic to the Depomedrol they injected into me. I have been having whopping migraines and severe vertigo. Too bad for me, no way to get the junk out of me, it has to wear off.

    So to sum it up, I think the Steroid Epidurals did to small degree help, but for the pain and cost --not worth it. I will not be getting these anymore.

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    Thank you Maria. I had already pretty much dsecided against it thanks to the information that Tonja was kind enough to give me, but along with your experience just makes me even more certain that I am making the correct decision.

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    Mike,
    I have tried four injections by a few doctors. They all claim it would help, but as Maria said, it is just a quick fix. One out of the four helped for a couple months and that is it. If you have a lot of hardware in you as I do , it is tough for them to shoot in the proper areas. They will try to shoot higher above the injury with hopes it trickles down to the pain areas. I wouldn't waste your time or money. I wish you well.
    Best Regards,
    Joe

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    Thanks Joe. More ammunition to use. My doctor has a tendency to try to put stuff back on me when I point out that little has been done to help me rehabilitate since my injury. I have fought with him since day one to get my medications upped to a level that would manage my pain, and I am just now finally to the point that I think it may be something that I can live with. This took a year and a half of me complaining every 30 days when he refilled my prescriptions. He's like well I prescribed this for you and you didn't do it etc. He gets defensive like I'm placing blame on him when all I am doing is reminding him that I'm still trying to work with him because I just want something going. I am afraid that because of all of the complication and denials etc., that any rehabilitation program I will may get into is going to be too late...

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    In my research, trying to understand why these pain docs jump to give the epidural shots, they are a huge money maker for the doc. Also if they can shoot you up and give you less pain meds it keeps the DEA out of their office.

    This irritates me to no end, I know with the last two Faucet injections, I paid out of pocket $475. They also insist on putting a needle in my arm, in case there is an emergency and they have to provide 'something.' I have never had a reaction, never had an emergency situation and requested they not do this. I prefer to be stuck the least amount of times as possible, they said NO! More money for them to put in the needle!!

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    I probably should add Trigger Point injections (TPI) into the thread. In between the other injections, to manage the continuing pain, I had TPI's done. These really hurt (moreso than the Epidural injections because there is no lido injected prior) and didn't really seem to do much of anything towards managing the pain.

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