Back Pain and Steriod Injection

By steadb Latest Reply 2009-10-31 02:58:08 -0500
Started 2009-10-29 15:13:25 -0500

I have been fighting Sciatica for the last three weeks after having problems on the my lower right back.

I got my MRI and I have bulging Discs around my L4/5.

So, I got an epidural steriod injection yesterday in my L4/5 disc area. It hurt less than I thought it was going to and it hurt more than I thought that it was going to.

The needle going in didn't hurt as bad. The steroid being pumped in did though. Man I screamed loud when the drug got pumped in.

They say it takes a little while before the steroid impacts me. I am 24 hours into this now. I hope I start to feel a little better and the sciatica pain starts to go away from my left hip and leg.

Anyone else treat back pain or sciatica this way? Other suggestions?


9 replies

lipsie 2009-10-31 02:58:08 -0500 Report


Just wanted to agree to Cyndi…I have heard great reviews from water therapy…it's something I plan on checking into myself. Good luck. Hugs! Sheila

cyncyn 2009-10-30 07:40:31 -0500 Report

You mentioned you were doing PT. Have you done any Aquatic Therapy(pool therapy). This is also good for you. You can do core or any exercises without strain to your body. This may be something to check into. It works wonders for me. I hope the epidurals work for you. Good luck


cussinwolf 2009-10-29 19:42:44 -0500 Report

Please tell me that you are in physical therapy also doing core strengthening exercises. Watch your bgs for the next few days. I have something called degenerative spondylolisthesis. Pretty much I have 2 vertebra that are sliding away from each other pinching off some nerves. I have bone pinching part of the femoral nerve in my right leg. I also have degenerative arthritis in other vertebra and my hips. All this led to a lessening of mobility,an increase in weight and hence…diabetes. I am not real trustful of the medical community right now because a neurosurgeon wanted to do major spine surgery on me with an A1c of 12. I have probaly had a dozen of those injections. I also have a spinal cord stimulator implant that was to help lessen the pain and turned out to be the biggest mistake I ever made.
Follow your doc's orders and if you are not in physical therapy demand it. I wish you the best and unless you are told otherwise by your doc…keep moving!

steadb 2009-10-30 07:30:21 -0500 Report

I had been doing pt for my back pain. then i got this sciatica and have been having a harder time doing anything. I have been strectching and light core. I was hoping that these shots would allow me to get back to doing my pt exercises more vigorously again.

sweething 2009-10-29 19:07:44 -0500 Report

Watch your blood sugar over the next week. Sometimes even steroids injected in joints and backs can cause a rise in it. Let your diabetes doctor know if it stays up. I had 30 years of back and sciatic pain—I had multiple steroid injections. The first course of 3 did the most good. I hope they work for you—my pain was initially gone for a couple of years.

Harlen 2009-10-29 17:46:02 -0500 Report

Sorry I know its a pain forgive the pun
benn there, For me it was 3 days till it worked,But when it did it did verry well
hope you feal better soon

ptsparkle 2009-10-29 16:52:53 -0500 Report

Years ago I had some bulging discs. Laying flat on a hard floor, crawling on hands and knees to bathroom, and a back brace are what was done for me. Plenty of rest and no lifting for a while afterwardes. Not much help I know, hope you get feeling better soon.

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