During the procedure
Epidural steroid injection is administered to the epidural space, a fat-filled gap between the bone and the spinal nerves’ protective sac. Pain relief might persist for days, weeks, or even years. The goal is to lessen discomfort so you may return to normal activities and begin a physical rehabilitation program.
Epidural steroid injections are commonly given in a series of three injections spaced from two weeks to a month. The treatment uses an X-ray system to guide the physician and verify that the medicine is directed to the right spot.
How long does the effect last?
Although lumbar epidural steroid injections deliver temporary pain relief that lasts three months or longer, some people may experience less or no pain reduction. After procedure, you may feel temporary relief that lasts several hours. Your pain may return as the numbing drug wears off. Most people require two or three days for the steroid medication to take action, so it may take a while before you notice a difference in your pain. In rare circumstances, your pain may increase for a few days before improving
Epidural injections, like any other procedure, carry some risks. They can range from localized pain and discomfort, face flushing, and headaches to an allergic reaction, bleeding, and nerve damage. As a result, patients are carefully assessed before receiving epidural injections. Your medical history is reviewed, and a physical examination is performed.
Epidural injections are not recommended if you have an active disease or infection, or if you are taking blood thinners. Patients with diabetes may notice an increase in blood glucose levels for many days following the treatment. If you put the procedure in the hands of an inexperienced physician, the risks are higher.