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Injections or not?

I now have an appointment to have injection/s in my lower back in 4 weeks time.

I am trying to decide if i should have them or not. I know that its 50/50 if they will work. Plus, there is a chance problems could arise afterwards.

What experiences have you had with your injection/s?

I have bulging discs and nerve pain at upper rear legs.

Thanks

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  • I have had really good results with some of the injections I have had, I have also had them not work at all, but you will never know until you try.

    Take care and keep us posted

    Chip

  • A bit wary about it causing more nerve damage.

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,697

    Everyone is different. I have also had several injections, some worked some didn't But I never experienced more nerve damage. Most of the time, your doctor will tell you they need to be done in a series of 3. 

  • All of my injections were guided by a flouroscope, I have never had any problems with any nerve damage caused by the injections

    Chip

  • Injections worked great for me before my fusion in my lumbar area. First injection lasted over a year. However. No shots have worked since my fusion surgery. And I have had a bunch of them since my surgery in 2016.

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  • gliebischggliebisch Columbus, OHPosts: 3

    I had my first series of 3 in 2016 and the relief lasted 3 years!  I recently had a flare up again and am undergoing my second series. I've had 2 of 3 and the doctor says they can't consider a third until I'm 6 weeks out, but I have enough relief to walk a mile before pain starts to be felt in my right leg, so a third shot at this point is not likely unless it gets worse again. Mine is for spinal stenosis. I was never concerned with nerve damage as I understand that to be very rare.  The biggest issue is that insurance companies will not approve more than 3 in a year, so if you need a 4th, it will be denied.

  • Ok, thanks people.

    I have bulging discs so hope it will help with pain.

  • I agree koolpc, you won't know until you try. I've not had very good results but never a problem with nerve damage from the injection itself. I would assume they will be done under fluroscope otherwise find another doctor. Please keep us posted. 


    Joanne

  • Xray i believe

  • I had 8 in total , ultrasound guided into my l5/s1 right side. The first was Instant relief from Sciatica with drop foot, honestly it was like a miracle , the pain was gone for 7 full months . The relief got less with each injection and the drop foot was gone in 2 years. But they stopped working and all pain came back but on both sides . The 9 th one was in L5/S1 but on the left side and was totally agony and didn’t work. Which has put me off any more. I hope you fine some relief if you go ahead. A little relief goes a long way. 

  • Thanks guys. Still trying to decide.

  • 2 weeks to injections and still undecided!

  • G’day koolpc.  Two weeks will go quick for you, it’s a good thing really.    

    I gave up , can’t stand this pain any more. While I was with my gp to get scripts as I lost mine. I asked for the MRI. Doc gave me a referral to see a PM doctor, luckily the imaging place is at the shopping centre so I went in to book and she said he will order a MRI and a bone scan. She also said any injections are free and covered by Medicare . Then we go from there for injections, I am just hoping it all goes kinda pain friendly.  

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,697

    koolpc

    I just returned from my PM doctor regarding my pump and sciatic nerve. Instead of injections, which he agreed do not work for me, he put me on a Medrol Pack. The bad thing is, too much steroids will make your bones brittle and I have had so much. But, like I told him, it's my life and right now I have no quality. I have to have a bone scan though, might be interesting.

  • I was offered slow release morphine tablets but refused them. Not sure if i should have given them a try.

  • I take the slow release Morphine.  At first I thought they were totally ineffective.  Then over time I could start to tell my pain was less and less.  They do not work quickly nor is it as strong as some other pain meds but I would at least try it.

    God bless us all

    dale

  • Thank. I may try them.

    God bless you too my friend

  • Wondering now if i should ditch the injections. They may work. They may not. May get side effects. They only temporary anyway

  • Injections are good for diagnostic testing and may give some relief.  If you get any relief look at it as a bonus.  I have had injections all up and down my spine and neve really had any lasting relief.  I have read where some people get up to a years worth of relief.  Not me.

    I do think its relatively safe so if you have insurance why not try.

    God bless us all

    dale

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,697

    koolpc

    It seems with all of us, nothing works permanently. We take what we can get.

    Sandra

  • UK here so no insurance, as such, needed.

  • Injections postponed due to whats happening regarding the corona virus

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