Back in November I was referred for an epidural nerve root sleeve injection at the end of January. At the time I had acute pain right at the site of my herniation. Now, my pain is intermittent and less consuming, it comes after standing for a couple minutes, trying to work at a bench, etc. I still have significant nerve pain, and can't walk very far or do very much.
Should I still get the injection or has the need passed? I've never had one before and while the benefit was never explained to me, I have researched and My understanding is that it's to reduce pain and inflammation at the site of herniation. What I'm not sure about is whether it's going to be more trouble than good when I'm no longer in an acute phase.
Unfortunately the specialists involved are not accessible to ask. The neurosurgeon who referred me has only seen me once (in November) and the performing neurosurgeon will see me for the first time on the day of the procedure!