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Lumbar Caudal Epidural Steroid Injection

daddyof7daddyof7 Posts: 9
edited 01/04/2019 - 1:00 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I had Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion S5-L1 in March 2018. Had infection under the suture site for over two months. Surgery was to fix lower back because the disc was nearly gone, I had sciatica in my left leg, pain in left leg and severe pain in my lower back. Immediately after surgery I had a feeling like something was between my toes on my left foot. Since surgery, I now have permenant sciatica in the left leg, leg cramps and pain, my foot feels like it's in lava, being sliced, stabbed, crushed....and guess what? I have worse back pain.

I've had 3 lumbar epidural steroid injections since, am on tons of meds. MRI shows no problems with hardware, now they want to do (second opinion doctor) a lumbar Caudal Epidural Steroid Injection. My question is, has anyone had this and what were the results?

Thanks everyone and Happy New Year!



  • I have had a causal epidural injection injections twice for lower lumbar/ leg pain. While they are not exactly pleasant each one gave me about 70% relief for about 3 months. From what I understand, injections are given to get us out of pain while we do PT to strengthen the muscles that brace our spine. I could never get to the point where the pain didn't return.This was before I had L5/S1 fusion in 2017. I have the same issues, everything is stable with the fusion but still have so much pain in lower lumbar and right leg/ foot. Where were your other injections? 

  • I meant caudal! Silly auto correct :)

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  • My previous injections were directly into the spot where the hardware is, got absolutely no relief at all.

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