Steroid injection site pain

An epidural steroid injection places this powerful anti-inflammatory medication directly around the spinal nerves. Traditionally epidural injections were administered without any special equipment, by inserting the needle by feel in the area around the spinal nerves. More recently epidural injections have been administered with the aid of imaging tools to allow your physician to see the needle going to the proper location. Either real-time x-ray called fluoroscopy, or CT scan can be used to 'watch' the needle deliver the medication to the proper location. 

I had a a ESI on October 19th 2017 for pain from a radial tear at L4 and L5. This was from an on the job injury from back in May 2017.
Immediately after the procedure I was in excruciating pain and had to limp to a chair near the checkout desk. I felt nauseated, dizzy, tingling and twitching in my left cheek, palpations and shaking all over.
5 days later, I am still feeling awful. I had to ask for the next two days off of work.
I have a worse headache than normal, like an ice pick is stuck in my head. I feel very shaky still, like I have had way too much caffeine. Worse back pain than before the shot. I have had flushing in my face and neck, I looked and felt like I had a bad sunburn. My vision is blurry and I just feel terrible. My back pain was bad enough as it was and now it’s worse and all of these other things! I wish I had never had that injection and will never have another. I know that some people find relief with them and maybe I will in the days or weeks to come. However, I think that this is mostly a way to make Doctors and Big Pharma lots of money!
I wish everyone the best with their pain management.
Do your homework before you get one of these. I did some but I am finding other disturbing potential side effects that I did not come across before the injection.
Most Doctors don’t seem to tell you about these things.

I have a suspicion, after reading many of your notes on injectable steroids, that I seem to have developed a type of “tendonitis” in my upper arms due to multiple elbow steroid injections. I have had 4 in my left elbow (worst arm) and 2 in my right, about 5yrs ago. I have been having this tendon problem for about one year now, and not one doctor can figure out what’s wrong. One actually said “it seems like tendonitis”, but no cause or cure was suggested. The steroid injections is the only common denominator here. The right arm is affected as well, but not nearly to the degree of the left (and I’m right handed, so maybe the strong arm is less affected, plus I only had 2 injections there). Is there hope for acute tendonitis in my bicep/tricep area?

Epidural injections are often used to treat radicular pain, also called sciatica , which is pain that radiates from the site of a pinched nerve in the low back to the area of the body aligned with that nerve, such as the back of the leg or into the foot. Inflammatory chemicals (. substance P, PLA2, arachidonic acid, TNF-α, IL-1, and prostaglandin E2) and immunologic mediators can generate pain and are associated with common back problems such as lumbar disc herniation or facet joint arthritis . These conditions, as well as many others, provoke inflammation that in turn can cause significant nerve root irritation and swelling.

Steroid injection site pain

steroid injection site pain

Epidural injections are often used to treat radicular pain, also called sciatica , which is pain that radiates from the site of a pinched nerve in the low back to the area of the body aligned with that nerve, such as the back of the leg or into the foot. Inflammatory chemicals (. substance P, PLA2, arachidonic acid, TNF-α, IL-1, and prostaglandin E2) and immunologic mediators can generate pain and are associated with common back problems such as lumbar disc herniation or facet joint arthritis . These conditions, as well as many others, provoke inflammation that in turn can cause significant nerve root irritation and swelling.

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