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Ever Have A Bad Epidural?

I’ll try an make this as short as I can. I was receiving a lumbar epidural steroid injection. I’ve had three different kinds of pain shots over the years – so I know what to expect.

This though went terribly wrong IMO. As soon as he hit me with that needle the most undescribable pain went throughout my entire body. I feel like I flipped like a fish or something, lunging off that table. There was the doc who gave the injection and two other people in the room. As soon as it happened I turned over blood red pissed and the doc said “that was normal, you’re ok.” I said “pal, I’ve had over 10-12 of these since 93, that ‘was NOT normal’.”

I could tell from the look on his face he knew he screwed up. Usually after a shot, it takes maybe thirty to forty seconds to wipe you off and pull up your britches and get in the wheelchair. I GUARANTEE it took two of those guys (not the doc – he hightailed it out of there) a little over three minutes to wipe off both the injection concoction along with my freeking spinal fluid that sprayed all over my back /shorts/ shoulders and even in my hair!

If he’d been honest or even apologized it wouldn’t have been as bad, but I feel he tried to play me for a fool. Shortly after that, I had the most incredible headache and I don’t do headaches. It lasted for a little over a week to week and a half. I crapped my pants and one other time three days later I walked down my hallway in baggy shorts with no underwear and literally unknown to me at the time – dropped a poop log right on the hallway floor. I was so numb “down there” I didn’t even know. When I would wipe my ass – for a couple weeks at least – I could hardly tell I was whiping – follow me? I don’t want to describe what can happen if that goes down, use your imagination.

The day after the shot, from my calves down to my feet looked like busted blood vessels, with the blood pooling mainly at the top of both of my feet. My legs and feet are now scarred and every now and then there is another break in a vessel in my feet and the blood comes to the top and then dries (I guess) or goes wherever leaving another nice scar. My legs and feet are now shot, both visually and physically. I now have pain down both legs and feet all the time 24 hrs. a day and before that shot – it was just pain in my lower back. I’d have maybe a little soreness in my knees but I don’t know if that was attributed to my back.

The day after the shot, their office was calling me (which they never did before -three times over eight business days) and was asking realllll nice “how I was doing” – which I responded not too nicely and I let them know I shit myself and crapped on my floor and didn’t even know it. Their response “well, it wasn’t anything Dr. At**** did (Cincinnati doctor BTW.)” I about busted out laughing and pissed at the same time.

Sooooo. At least for me, there will never again be a doctor sticking a needle in my back ever again. The most relief I ever received to begin with – was three months. Now knowing what CAN happen – nah baby nah – ain’t happening. I can PROMISE you that when it happens to you, and it will – sooner or later if you get enough of them….you’ll never let them do it again unless you’re into someone inflicting pain on yourself. I look forward to any response or anything I can contribute….I will try and everyone hang in there.:-)

106 thoughts on “Ever Have A Bad Epidural?”

  1. I had the same experience with my neck.. It scared the hell out of my I am afraid it did permanent damage…… Have you recovered back to normal or are your still having problems

    1. I too had a bad experience with an epidural. The doctor had accidently done a spinal tap on me which caused me horrendous headache pain for over two week’s that landed me in the e.r. I had to have a lumbar patch performed that probably hurt’s but I was in so much head pain that nothing else hurt any worse. For two and half weeks I suffered with the worse headaches I’ve ever had and had the worse flu symptom’s along with that until the puncture in my spine healed. I had the doctor’s office take off the charge for the spinal patch as I had to pay for the botched epidural and the emergency room bill. Epidural’s are the only treatment at this time that help’s my degenerative disc disease. It took me a year to build up the courage to have epidural’s again.

      1. I thought I was the only one who felt this way or had it happen to. I had the injections in my cervical spine and haven’t been the same since. I will admit that since having the injection I can now tolerate the pain.

        When I had my injection I had a bad feeling to begin with. First, the doctor that was supposed to administer the injection was not there so another doctor did it..strike one.

        Then while the doctor was injecting me I felt so much pressure as if my bones were being scraped while he was, what seemed to be like forcing the needle to go in. Seemed as if he was putting ALL his weight on me to get the needle in…strike two

        He finally got it in it hurts so bad that I literally cried because it hurt. To which he and the nurse saw and said “ooh honey, it’ll be over soon” while he was removing the needle, the left side of my body JERKED uncontrollably for at least a minute. The nurse insisted I calm down, which made me freak out, I said “what did you do, I’m not doing this on my own” after that the doctor poked me all over asking can you feel this.. once I said yes to everything he said I was clear.

        Once I was home the saga began. I had migrains and still do, three months later. I could not sit up without getting so dizzy as if I were going to pass out, so I had to lie down all day and night. When I laugh I almost pass out from severe lightheadness (if thats a real word) I cannot see at all in sunlight. I have NEVER worn glasses in my life and after the injection my vision became blurred now I have to wear glasses and the transition lenses because of the sensitivity to light.

        I have heard good things about the injections but unfortunately I can’t contribute anything good to the procedure. I have had misery since then. It’s almost like you trade in one problem for another. The pain is more tolerable but the migraines and lossof vision is certainly not worth it for me.

        Everyone is different but be careful of the things they dont mention to you about the procedure.

        1. Why the same then happen to me this passed week while I was having my son. Then I told the nurse my back was hurting and they say it was nothing. 8 hours later I didn’t even feel the medicine so it felt like I was having a natural birth and my international nurse put her hand over my mouth while I was screaming and pushing so I’m still very upset about this my back still hurts and I have a bruise the size of my fist

          1. I had an injection almost 21 years ago before I was told by my surgeon that I could be worse of with back surgery and he didn’t think I needed to have surgery but left it up to me. I said I don’t think I can be worse off with fibromyalgia and a herniated disk. I said I want surgery. After the surgery my Dr said oh, a good thing we did surgery, your disc was in fragments and you had a tear in your spinal cord lining and were leaking spinal fluid. Anyway, the guy who gave me my fourth injection must have punctured my lining. He gave me 3 before that one and they didn’t hurt nearly as bad. Back then you lied down on the table in the fetal position. It felt like a hot nail going into a nerve! He said, ” you have to lie still, after my whole body tightened up. I was in pain worse than before injection. Now I’ve been seeing physiatrists for 10-13 years and getting injections because the disc I had surgery on is bulged. I had a recent MRI and found out I have 3 more bulged discs, bone spurs, more degenerative arthritis, and arachnoiditis. I had an injection yesterday because they will keep on giving them until you have to have a different plan. Arachnoiditis is usually caused by a puncture in the spinal cord lining by an epidural where foreign matter or dye, or the crap they injected into your lining, causing an infection or other problems that can cause your nerves to clump together instead of hanging down like a horse tail called cauda equina? Look up online. My physiatrist said there’s nothing that can be done for it. I’ve had trouble urinating, emptying my bowels, extreme pain, numbness of my legs and feet and male parts for some years now and been told it is probably the neuropathy, or fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, or some other problem I have out of over 30 now. It says online that you can get permanent nerve damage. That’s probably already happened. Anyway I have the greatest bride of close to 30 years now, a son, and God making me the Luckiest Man Alive. I hurt from head to toes 24/7. Mostly women get arachnoiditis because of the epidurals for a C section and it is listed as a rare disease or disorder. Good luck and God’s Peace

          2. I think I had a bad epidural when I had my son. I am having trouble getting help and treatment and answers.

        2. I am sorry to hear all these bad experiences. I was not awake for my epidural. My Dr is an anethesiologist. He used flouroscope. This is probably more costly but I think it is the best way to go. My injection relieved a lot of my pain but I still have twinges and burning. For me it is discouraging to be focused on pain instead of enjoying my life.

        3. O my! That’s terrible… I have a appointment to get one Wednesday, and Im very reluctant. All of the side effects that you are/were having I’m having them now, and I haven’t had the procedured done yet. The dizziness, headaches, numbness, all of the above.

          1. Please reconsider. I had two esi’s last year in 2014. They were successful for me. Lasted a year and a half. Had my third and final shot a week ago. Although the third shot took the edge off the current pain I am experiencing, I will not be going back. I had a slight headache after the procedure which cleared after a day, however, after viewing videos on arachnoiditis (which is not cureable) I felt it’s not worth the risks.

          2. I just got home an hour ago from having an epidural steroid shot in my lumbar area. I was completely paralyzed from the waiste down for over an hour. I didn’t even know till the feeling finally started coming back that i had pee’d myself. I have gained everything back including A LOT more pain. Will not be doing rhis again. U could tell the doc was nervous since the enitre staff was in the little room trying to help. I litterally thought i was going to die. My blood pressure is never low. I take meds to keep it down. It dropped to 74/36. Finnaly after about an hour it started climbing and i felt better. Then the feeling slowly started coming back. I prayed hard. Scared the crap outta me. God is good though. If u go i pray u have better results. Just wanted to share with someone.

          1. Karen ended up in the hospital after a block. Lost use of my legs for days. They had to give high does of steroids to get the swelling down in my spine. Gradually got use of my legs back. Homebound for months . To this day I can not sit with out a ton of pain. I only get out once in a while.

      2. I recently last week had an epidural spinal injection very first one for herniated disk an 3 thinning vertebra due too having severe right side pain the doc gave the shot or 3 now my left side has very very bad spasms twitching an a pain I can nt explain now I can nt walk now for this being the 3rd day doc wants to now give me an mri to look further into whats wrong an I had wet my pants while I slept I can nt lay on my back or my right side only on my damage left side with my knees bent an laying straight as a board does anyone know what could be wrong why cnt I walk or lay on my back or right side I am a single mom with a thirteen yr old son and a nine yr old daughter whom I can nt get up to care for pls help thank you an I will keep all in my prayers

      3. My all neurologist was on my fourth epidural he gave me the first three were fine and it was for lower back pain. On the fourth one probably four months later he want to hit the cluster of nerves my whole left leg felt like it was asleep but was shooting pains and tingling that fell like needles stabbing me he said oh let me numb you up some more it looks like you have nerve damage I can’t get into the pocket to inject you so I’ll get it as Close as possible he numbed me up some more and hit the same nerve so hard that it felt like somebody poured a bucket of acid on my whole left leg from the lower back down to my toes. Now I have been diagnosed with RSD what does a non-curable disease. I currently go to a pain anesthesiologist who said if I did not come to him within a week I would’ve lost my leg because I had no circulation in my leg. I get sympathetic lumbar nerve blocks every two weeks. I’m currently getting approved to get a wire stimulator put in. I follow all the time because my left leg will just go out I have to straight cath myself 50% of the time because he had the nerve for the bladder also. This happened in October 2014 sonce this happened I kept my appointments with him because I know I was going to sue him he has not seen me he had the doctor that ran the practice come in to see me. My whole leg and my foot were so swollen I could not wear any shoe I couldn’t even put a sock on it was so swollen all they did was up my meds my lawyer said it was a cocktail she surprised I’m still alive. And this is in Michigan . So now I cannot ever work again I’m only 39 years old I have a walker and a cane but there’s nothing else I can do besides get this wire stimulator because the pain is so bad it’s unbearable.

        1. I would personally NOT get the wire stimulator , my son was given that option after a near fatal car accident that left him with his legs severely burned and lost a finger , nearly his hand and many other life-changing injuries. After a lot of research and discussions with other doctors and family we decided that would not be an option he wanted to take. For example, you’ll never be able to have an x-ray so meaning travel would be out of the question because you have to go through an x-ray machine at the airport. We live in Houston , Tx and he visits his father who lives in Ohio, he recently moved to Houston to live with me near the best medical center in the world. He has severe back pain and decided to get off of the many pain medications he was on to try alternatives. My son was in a hospital for three months after his accident he was told he would not walk again he told the doctors he would be walking out of the hospital and he did. He struggles with pain on a day to day and night bases. I hope this helps at least give you a start to do some research and base your options on what will work for you and not what the doctors want to do to you, good luck and God Bless you.

      4. Had an epidural injection 2 months ago for lower back pain, Had many injections over the years. This time was different. The doctor asked me while receiving the injection if i can feel the pressure going down both my legs? i responded yes . doctor said good. Hours after the procedure the pain radiated down from my buttocks to my feet and i was unable to walk for 4 days. No really brain was saying walk but legs were not responding well. Walking slowly returned, but pain from lower buttocks to feet has persisted. To make an analogy the back of my legs to the bottom of my feet feel like the muscles have contracted fully an have never released along with a persistent dull pain {like a toothache| Also had the worst flu symptoms High fever103 chills and convulsions about a week after. I had the procedure because of a persistent pressure pain in the coccyx area of the lumbar spine. I will never again have an epidural. for when this occurred the doctors office would not even return my call . Seen a PA 2 weeks later they asked why i didn’t call. Really! They have not been in touch with me since. And they always have me in for my pain medications on a monthly basis. Good luck, hope you fell better. Take the pills, for bulging discs you can preform a breathing technique lay on bed knees 45 degree angle expell[blow] all the air out of your lungs slowly until diaphragm collapses repeat process can bring bulging discs in lower spine back in place worked for my sisters 3 discs after an atv accident. I am allergic to doctors now.

      5. I am 60years old. I have had the tpi shots in my back. This time Doctor Hanowell. Said I need epidural. I had it 3weeks ago. And. I have had so much pain. I can’t walk now without extreme pain. My so called doctor said that it will get better. She’s lied. It’s worse. And she does not give medicine. No one else will see me. Because she is my stupid doctor. She won’t release me. I wish someone can help me

        1. Can you try maybe going to see a new doctor in another state? Or maybe even just another town? Tell them you don’t know the name of the doctor you were seeing, or that it just started, so you can start seeing someone new. You shouldn’t be held captive by a lousy doctor.

    2. Same here. Had epidural during childbirth was paralyzed waist down for two days. Cried so hard lost control over bowel. Never again. Until this day my back is horrible! Left side stays swollen…only great thing came from I got a chance to hold my son & play with him.

      1. This happened to me too, hospitalised for 2weeks after the birth of my baby girl, epidural haematoma and a lumbar puncture, they attempted the epidural 14times. I had to stop breasts feeding and my daughter got sent home without me.
        I contacted a solicitor as two years on I still struggle to pick up my child, I can’t go on roller coasters, Hoover etc, it’s completely changed my life.
        No amount of compensation could compensate for it.

        1. Did you sue? I had been stabbed by two different drs at one csection at least eight times they kept saying they went to far with the needle. And went too high seeing as I was overweight…for a csection ended up with spinal leak they sent me home etc went back for epi blood patch and now almost two years later have steady headaches and sometimes vision problem when i turn real quick not sure if it’s related but feel like it is

          1. Same thing happened to me. Now I’m stuck with nerve damage in my left foot and can’t walk at all some days.
            Makes caring for a newborn very hard.

        2. I have had severe weakness and pain since my epidural for child birth. People think I am crazy if I say anything. Is been four years. I feel I am getting worse.

        3. I had accumitavely Four epidural assumingly that I needed twice in shots in my where my L4 and L5 was caused by a spinal cord tumor. I was wondering why I had two epidurals in one month of diagnosing my tumor and four months during radiation on my tumor , the pain management doctor insisted on doing two more after the radiation.Several top vascular and neurologists had a conference and the outcome was to not go anywhere near the my tumor on L3 because of the blood loss and paralyzed outcomes.Well, The hedonistic sick son of a bitch put them in my L3 where my specialists are tops in KC , MO. exclusively stayed away from. I would have never caught how if I hadn’t taught myself where my tumor was on the Xray and the nurse told me it was in The L3 where my nerve sheath tumor is on . I said what is he doing? We cannot go near the L3.before the epidural, I was walking with a cane shortly after the epidurals to the point I need a wheelchair and am paralyzed from walking. I have to have an in-home nurse and doctor as I cannot drive anymore, do anything with my grandchildren and destroyed my quality of life. I would have never thought a degreed specialist could do this for the money. He put me on a follow up check and I needed transport to the pain clincin in the hospital he was contracted to do his epidurals. Now, I have a malpractice suit against him and shortly after the lawsuit was filed he moved out of the hospital and his Clinic was permanently closed.I would highly recommend searching epidurals that are needed and if I had the choice or help somebody else from this hedonistic sick person I will. Another thing, he put my on highest doses of percocets and fentanyl patch of 50s so I wouldnt be coherent to the pain.In less than a year I lost my legs and the ability to walk because of him.Try to never get an epidural they can cause more mistakes and pain than necessary. Your life without them is not as painful heart wrenching hurt than losing your legs. My specialists are extremely glad to help me in my trial. I recommend going to a lawyer if your epidurals hurt you and changed your quality of life-Anonymous.

    3. i had a cervical epidural on wed its now sat,from my butt to my toes has been numb with no answers from doctor dont know what to expect from this

      1. I had a cervical epidural 2 weeks ago, during the procedure my left arm from elbow to wrist had shocking sensation then next my forefinger started jerking. Also the pain was awful. Dr had to stop, put more numbing med in. When nurse tried to elevate me the first time in recovery, my right side was numb, from abdomen to toes, also pain on left side from front to back was so bad they gave me a shot of toradol. The Dr denied it having anything to do with the epidural and advised me to go to er or GP, I went to GP the next day he said it had to be from epidural, and since I could move wait a few days and maybe it will go away. A couple days later I started feeling worse, weak, faintish, anxious, etc. Went back to GP after a week, he referred me to Neuro. Neuro wants MRI and thinks it could possibly be injury to the cord. I will see the Dr who did the epidural tomorrow, can anyone advise if they have ever experienced this? I have had numerous epidurals for the past 7 years and this has never happened.

        1. In 2001. I went to have another epidural. I had already had about 10 of them. The last time I was injected in the Intercostal area under Floroscopy. The previous ones had not been done under Floroscopy. The last injection, I went home & laid down for a nap. When I awoke I couldn’t feel anything or move from waist down. I was taken by ambulance to hospital where they immediately catherized me and removed several liters of urine & admitted me to hospital. I had no feeling for about 10 days & then my toes started to move & I was transferred to rehab for several weeks. I learned to use a wheelchair, etc. Slowly went to a walker & cane. However over a period of these last few years, my legs & feet have slowly continued to worsen. My gait is horrible. I live with chronic pain in my feet, calves, shins, the sides of my knees. I have had a pain pump surgically inserted but my lower legs are in horrific pain 24/7. I guess what is most frustrating is the doctors just tell me I have a very unusual case & that’s where it ends. Nothing helps. They want to do a MRI w/dye but that means they have to insert a syringe into my lower spine & I am afraid that this time I might not recover any mobility. At least now I can walk with a cane & Walker. I just am at a loss of what to do. So tired of living with pain & wish I had never gotten any Epidurals.

        2. I had horrible trabsforamadble epidural injection. When the Dr went in I felt a pop and it was my scar tissue.the Dr laughed and said it felt like grissle. I later had to go to ER

    4. I had a neck rip on Nov.11 2015 worst day of my life! During the contrast dye injection, he hit my spinal cord and nerve root at C5-6 now I’m in the worst pain, can’t move my rt arm, went to a Psysiatrist and he didn’t have an answer as to when or IF I’ll ever be the same. I’m a single mom, out of work for weeks now no income . Depressed frustrated to the max! Dr is sending me for 6 wks of physical therapy.. Will keep u all posted. I have air pocket in my brain, 9mm by 2 mm damage on my spinal cord and nerve damage … Please comments are requested!! If u have been through what I have let me know what to expect, I feel useless right now and I’m right handed 🙄

      1. I read your post, and I am horrified. I am a 41 year old mom with two children, 7 and 4. I am scheduled for a consult for a epidural pain injection at C6-7 tomorrow. I am scared and questioning as to whether I should have it or not, especially after reading your post. I am so sorry you are going through what you are. I also have a blown disc at L5 S1 in my back. I feel pretty useless too. I am trying to work still but its hard some days with both bothering me. I too am right-handed. I really hope they can get you better soon. I can relate to the depression and frustration. No one understands unless they have been where we are.

        1. Hi.. It’s Dina.. Well it’s now Feb.15th.. I have been released from PT bc there has been no improvement in 3 months. My muscle atrophy is gross! Bone with skin..
          I still have headaches on and off.
          I get a buzzing sensation from my chest to the top of my legs and stops at my knees? Weird things, taste is off can’t feel hot or cold. No feeling in my arm and hand. I can move my arm now but I can’t hold anything, I fall down bc my rt leg gives out on me.😆 I was physically fit from yes of working out. If u send me an email, I’ll send u pics.
          This Monday nerve conduction test done and I’m meeting with a Neurosurgeon soon. And YES I HIRED AN ATTORNEY to my case.. Disgusted in CT

        2. I am 60 years old and after a c=section 25 years ago had a spinal epideral, and been in pain ever since. Then had my r knee replacement and with out dicusing with anesteologist, in fact never even met him gave me a spinal epidral, claiming I will heal faster. He missed 4 times, my leg was on fire and burning. ever since I walk at a 45 degree angle and the pain is the worse when I wake up, so I try not to even go to sleep. I am so fu ed up due to doctore incompetence I could scream and cry, in fact I wake up crying off and on during the day until I go to sleep if I even go to sleep. I feel for you.

      2. I’m sorry this happened too you, but the Dr whom did this has caused you irreparable damage, you need to sue him for making practice, damages, and pain and suffering. There are lawyers who will take case on contingency. You pay them when you get paid… Please think about this.

        1. It will be 2 years July 2 , statutet of limitations is up. doctor disappeared and the anesteologist doesnt even have an office or ph number just shows up when they call him for an operation and called attorneys a LOT and the bar assoc for a referral and nobody calls me back no matter how many times I call them.. I just want to die, no friends, my 2 children dont want to be around me due to me being on pain meds, that really dont help. took 100 mg of morphine to take 1 every 12 hours, so took 2 of those 10, 10 mg norcos and 40 mg,methadone, just that one day, didnt even take a nap, was still in pain. it would have killed anybody else. so I have detoxed off methadone and on only 6 norco a day. There has to be something stronger out there but the dr, said that is the strongest, bullshit.

          1. Dale here

            I had an epidural injection , had some pain, my whole butt went numb. I didn’t have a headache though. I have a lawyer but he keeps pussyfooting around , the doctor didn’t even do the shot he let a med student do it. I have searched the web a lot and it says only licensed people are allowed to do those shots. My lawyer says I need a definitive answer that something went wrong. I have had burning and stinging pain in my butt for an entire year.

        2. I can relate to the excruciating pain from the very last epidural steroid Injection I had. I had a few before the one that has forever left me much worse off for the rest of my life!.
          The others were easy fast & no pain. The last one had me scream !! I have spent the last 2 Years in horrendous pain in both of my legs.
          Now I know exactly what happened, he went through to my Dura, I felt the in a second like one of my legs were about to explode… It felt like my leg was so tight and the pain was something I can’t even describe.
          Since then I have found out that what He did to me has left me with Bilateral Neuropathy in both legs, and Aracnoiditis, immediately after the injection he said I would feel less pain in a few days?.
          I would like him to know and even more so, feel the pain I now live in everyday.
          I am 54, single and have no quality of life.
          I simply went in for severe Back pain and there isn’t one pain medicine that has helped me.
          Bone pain is horribly painful but no words to describe Nerve pain.
          If I only had been told the real risks , I never would have had any of these procedures. So many sleepless nights, crawling to the bathtub several times a night just to get in a hot bath for a tiny relief.
          I had a daughter in high school when this happened.
          I honestly thought the pain would ease up but it has become a monster in me !
          As the days go by It has become so much worse, doctors have just looked at me when I tell them all the weird and painful symptoms I’m having.
          What next?.
          I just wish it hadn’t taken 2 years to find all this out or I would have filed a malpractice law suit .
          I was an OB/GYN nurse and loved my job, now on disability. I have been homeless due to this most of the last 2 years.
          This will never go away and I am amazed how he can sleep at night knowing what these can do to a person.
          My life now.
          Tanya W.

  2. Wow – that is a terrible story. I hope you have recovered from this by now. I have an epidural steroid injection scheduled but after reading this I’m thinking I may cancel it and just wait out the pain – and there’s a lot of it. Everything I’ve tried so far has made the situation worse. Chiropractor put me in the emergency room for 2 days. Acupuncture increased the pain and introduced it to new areas in my leg since I tried it. The pain killers prescribed cause constipation that is more painful (I didn’t think it was possible) than the Sciatica I’m experiencing.

    It sucks that human medical knowledge is still in the dark ages – in just about any area. These buffoons that call themselves Doctors are clueless.

    It’s a disgrace that they’re in a position to make you sign a waver that you won’t sue them for malpractice or not treat you. It’s their responsibility to be professionals. They should have insurance – not put the risk on the patient!

    Funny how your story and the replies are full of grammatical mistakes. I’ve found that chronic pain can be quite detrimental to mental ability in more than that.

    Good luck and I wish you a speedy recovery!

    Alex

    1. Hi: This is in response to your response to Abbie’s horrific injection experience and yours. I was most intrigued by your observation of misspellings. I have been a chronic pain sufferer for years. 1993, 1998, 2000 etc. There was an article about a guy named A. Vania Apkarian titled “Chronic Pain tied to brain changes.” This was in the Chicago Tribune 11/23/2004 and was a validation for me. By controlling the level of pain…you can save your brain. After all this time I know what meds I can or can not take but it doesn’t stop doctors from trying to destroy me with new ones. We are all different and have to figure out what works for us. The problem is finding the right people, (Sorry about your experience with Chiro’s and Acupuncture. Mine have been good.) who give a damn that your pain can effect your ability to even Write. I have had to use my own shorthand as my 1st disability is Ulnar Neuropathy in my writing hand. But mentally, after an awful injection that touched my nerve I find myself making more errors than ever. I moved to s.A. from Fla. and used to take Kadian- a time released morphine- because my pain levels were so high. My dose was not so high and this pain doctor actually said that I take a “whiff” and I felt so validated. I didn’t want to take more. I use ice and heat every day. But since I moved here they look at me like I am asking for Heroin. Now that this latest doctor has caused me NEW agonies I am being very careful to find someone who can give me a sympathetic nerve block injection. It was done in Fla. and gave me 3 weeks of relief. If they screw it up I am paralyzed. My only other option is an operation. It may seem destructive to some to take pain meds but when your levels are constantly high it’s not the meds that are causing the grammatical errors…it’s the pain. Good luck to you all.

      1. My Neuroligist I believe did hit a nerve on neck from neck injections. I am much more chronic pain as each day passes. How can I prove it to a Malpractice Lawyer?

        1. Did you get a reply? I have not. Need to know if it can be proved my dr hit a nerve. Please help, as I am building my Malpractice suit

          1. My17 year old grandaughter was given an epidural, while the nurse was injecting ,my grandaughter told her something was’nt right , that she felt funny … the nurse continued to admimister the shot. A day after she complained of her head hurting , they gave her tylenol, and she fell asleep, a few minutes later she awoke screaming in agonizing pain, then went into having seizures where she thrashed for over 12 hrs. The dr.’s did’nt know what was wrong, until a veteran nurse called another dr. who came in and said she has bloodclots in her brain, and this happens in his native country of India, this , he said was from a leak in the epidural, they kept her for a week ,nothing said about anything, she came home today, having to go back twice a day to have antibiotics pumped into her , such a sweet girl, not having a problem with any of it, but I feel the least they should of done is offered an apology, also a nurse gave the shot, and my grandaughter asked her when she knew something was’nt right to get an anethesiologist……do’nt put your trust in the medical profession, there are too many of these mistakes.

          2. Hi did u have a case? I brought all my tests from the ER to my lawyer. They said it’s a wait and see thing. I’m still in a lot of pain. Numb in my whole arm and weeks after the cervical psyialogist did not have anything positive to say.. He’s sending me for 6 wks of PT and wants to see me in 1 month.. My name is Dina my email is dlyn72@aol.com I’m desperate for answers….

      2. I’m writing in response to the person looking to have sympathetic nerve blocks. I had 52 of those many years ago-about 1977. I had them because someone was trying to do an arterial blood stick She missed the artery but went through some kind of vessel. She did not apply any pressure afterwards and so it hemorrhaged into my elbow causing and effusion of blood and giving me something called Sympathetic Dystrophy. Oh, how it hurt. I had 52 of those nerve blocks in all. The amount of relief I got was directly related to which agent they used as the deadening part of the block. I was sent to a pain clinic in Houston. They wanted me to learn how to live with and control the pain. I was totally against the entire idea. If I could get temporary relief from a block, why on earth should I live with it. I wanted the sympathectomy. that would cut the sympathetic nerve chain and make the relief permanent. A year later my doctor finally agreed and sent me to a neuro surgeon, who performed the procedure. It was the most difficult surgery I have ever endured but in worked, for six months. then one day the pain returned all at once. My doctor said the sympathetic nerves do cross over to the other side of the spine and with time, they can regrow the sympathetic fibers.The only thing left to do was to have another sympathectomy to remove a larger portion of the sympathtic chain from both sides. When I finally had that done I had total relief, The pain was gone!!!But, be aware! No one told me ab out the side effects of removing all that. I cannot perspire from T2 and up. I don’t get goose bumps–unless I eat something tangy, like a pear or BBQ sauce. But not perspiring on the top half of me means the bottom half of me must make up for that loss. I am a woman and feminine, too but when I got too warm, I looked like Joe Nameth after a really hard game. In fact, I have perspired so much I have been hospitalized several times to give me sodium IV.. So, the surgery can work and, if done correctly, it will not grow back, but, be prepared for the side effects. Only you can know if this trade off is for you. Good Luck!! Gayle

    2. I can relate to the excruciating pain from the very last epidural steroid Injection I had. I had a few before the one that has forever left me much worse off for the rest of my life!.
      The others were easy fast & no pain. The last one had me scream !! I have spent the last 2 Years in horrendous pain in both of my legs.
      Now I know exactly what happened, he went through to my Dura, I felt the in a second like one of my legs were about to explode… It felt like my leg was so tight and the pain was something I can’t even describe.
      Since then I have found out that what He did to me has left me with Bilateral Neuropathy in both legs, and Aracnoiditis, immediately after the injection he said I would feel less pain in a few days?.
      I would like him to know and even more so, feel the pain I now live in everyday.
      I am 54, single and have no quality of life.
      I simply went in for severe Back pain and there isn’t one pain medicine that has helped me.
      Bone pain is horribly painful but no words to describe Nerve pain.
      If I only had been told the real risks , I never would have had any of these procedures. So many sleepless nights, crawling to the bathtub several times a night just to get in a hot bath for a tiny relief.
      I had a daughter in high school when this happened.
      I honestly thought the pain would ease up but it has become a monster in me !
      As the days go by It has become so much worse, doctors have just looked at me when I tell them all the weird and painful symptoms I’m having.
      What next?.
      I just wish it hadn’t taken 2 years to find all this out or I would have filed a malpractice law suit .
      I was an OB/GYN nurse and loved my job, now on disability. I have been homeless due to this most of the last 2 years.
      This will never go away and I am amazed how he can sleep at night knowing what these can do to a person.
      My life now.
      Tanya W.

  3. i had a bad experience with my last epidural. woke up 3 times in pain during the precedure. woke up with a terrible headache that lasted for days. my sugar went real high and after 5 weeks it still is. went from 2 glucaphage a day to 4 glucophage and 4 shots. the worst part is i can’t get any answers from the doctor. i talked to his office worker . i heard him say the 3rd time i woke up that he was worried about his patients. i guess i was yelling loud. i remember saying ouch it hurts.i was in a fog for about 5 weeks due to high sugar and was terribly disoriented. have had alot of injections but never one like this. was diabetic then so what happened during the procedure? doctors should be open with their patients. i never thought about suing him just want answers. a simple explanation works wonders. that gives you the opportuninty to be aware of problems for future injections that you might need.this reaction from a doctor could make a person to sue to get the medical records. simple solution to doctors is to be honest with patient. if he missed the right space or pierced the sac etc just tell them what happened. it causes a fear of other injections.

  4. I have been on meds since 1992 for back pain had lower back fused in 1998 4 discs now i have 3 bulged discs in neck scared of injections but they have me sceduled tuesday why do i have to do this against will

  5. I have had several injections in my neck. I have had different results. Finally I had surgery ( a three level fusion) Now two years later after failed results from injections I am facing another surgery. Not nice.
    I have a couple words of advice..the first is no two shots are going to feel the same. How bad the shot will hurt depends on how inflamed the area is. I have never had a sedative before an injection. Perhaps different doctors do things differently. I believe that the shots will only work for so long and then something else will have to be done.
    Be very particular on who you chose to do the injection. Just like everything else. Some are better at it than others. I hope this has helped alittle.

  6. OMG!! after reading your story scares the living daylights out of me. My worry is what if you have bleeding into spaces, what is done then?? I’m considering epidural inj. for herniated disc bc I have swelling & pain. Hoping this will reduce inflammation & help heal. Ever wonder why Dr.’s are called “practicing physicians”? That’s what they do “practice on us” Then we’re forced to sign a consent agreement prior to this so we can’t sue them. I do wish you well, & also feel so bad you’ve had such a horrible experience. Hope your doing better & thank you for posting your experience, it does give us a lot of food for thought & wonder if we really want to do this.

  7. I had one epidural steroid injection in my neck last year-it did nothing for the pain and I had to have a 2 level acdf earlier this year. The injection I had 3 months earlier caused scar tissue which prolonged the surgery.

    It’s not a question of checking out your doctor before having them done as Anne stated. My doctor was the best in the city but sometimes these don’t work. My neighbor had the same surgery I did a few years back and the surgeon told her he was glad she never had any because of the scar tissue that forms from them. I cringe when I think of how your insides look Anne after 15 years of them.

  8. I had my first epidural spinal block june 2011, i was petrifyed, but it was not to bad, i had 7-8 weeks pain free, so when i was ready to have the next one i did not hesitate, i went to hospital at 8.30am Saturday 3rd March, how i reget it now, from the time the needle went in i was in terrible pain,the nurse held my hand and asked why i was breathing that way. The pain went right down my neck and felt like it went under my right shoulder blade, my arms went really heavy, i had a terrible headache which lasted a couple of days. One week later i was rushed into hospital, i started to shake voilently, i was red hot, my speak went, the use in my right leg went. The hospital did blood and water test, placed me on heart machine, kept me there for several hours then sent me home, one week later took to hospital again, this is happening everyday now. This time they kept me in, did a brain scan, blood and water test sent me home the next day, they did not know what it was. SIX months down the line it is still happening, i saw a neurologist he told me i needed to go back to the person who done this to me. I have had i right game to see the specialist who gave me the injection, i have been to the hospital several times whilest having at attack, but they don’t want to know, so i threatend them with a solicitor, the next thing there was an appointment, i have had an MRI scan but no nerve damage showed up, i am now waiting to go to the Queen Elizabeth hospital, as my specialist said he now doesn’t know what it is, i may even be like this the rest of my life he doesn’t know!

  9. Anne since you have found such a wonderful dr could you please share with us exactly how you checked him out? where do you get information? y’know,something constructive and helpful?

  10. Well I had about 15 treatments on upper spine neck area and lower spine tailbone. Everything was going OK until one prick of the needle near my neck. The pain ran straight up to my head, across the shoulder (right) and nearly had me in tears. For the next 4 visits they kept asking me, am I feeling any pain in my forearms” and I replied no.

    Then on one visit after I had told them I want no more treatments because they had not changed my pain levels in any way, and that if they could not give me medication to deal with the pain I was going to find another doctor. Mind you I am not a drug user ever, no pot, coke or otherwise, but getting pain meds from a pain management doctor was like pulling teeth. Just asking for them triggered a pee test and calls to my pharmacy to see if I was getting more than was prescribed. I had asked for more or stronger meds because what they gave me was not working.

    While waiting for the doc to decide on the meds I overheard the doc and the nurse talking about me. She said “why have you been injecting him here when his MRI shows there” he said “I;ve never looked at his MRI – after 8 MONTHS of injections!

    So I got a new doc. Don’t know if after reading this thread I will continue treatment. Something has gone horribly wrong with my forearms and are in so much needle like pain I can not turn the steering wheel of my car. My wife tried to massage my back near the injection site and found a huge growth or lump that I now assume is scar tissue.

    I was a pedestrian hit by a truck and lucky to be alive but now I find myself in the USA with no one willing to traet my pain except my very expensive injections that have already backfired on me and never relieved any of my pain. I’ve also noticed that I forget letters in words when writing or sometimes entire words in sentences.

    The pain is so bad I don’t know what to do anymore. I am thinking about going out of the USA for morphine injection kits or something.

    I am definitely suing doctor one for treating me without looking at the MRI he ordered done. But right now all I want is a week with no pain or at least greatly reduced pain.

    Any suggestions are most welcome.

    Rich

    1. So sorry to read this I went for fibriod removel womb but opted for epidural as 2 yrs prior. Had reaction on waking after same but put out. Woke chokin sooooo second time sed naaaa want to remain awake. So epi put in. Ow. Ow ouch ! I sed. Then while on table havin op. I was asked can U feel that. I said no. She sed u ok. I sed YER. Fine. After was told my heart rate went up. An then down again. I have print out that they sent to my dr office ov which I now hav a copy. Since then over two yrd gotten worse legs heavy an heart tablets frm first day home. Jus gettin worse life jus strugglin since

  11. I regret to tell my story,only because I have had over 20 epidural in my life time and I have had one spinal fluid leak that I needed a blood patch that did help.But yesterday I had a epidural and I was hurting as they ask 7 or 8 and when I was finished 19 oh my gosh I have cried all night and still this morning I am in so much pain that if I knew it would do any good I would go to the hospital,my right leg is dragging and the pain in my butt cheeks r unbelievably so bad I called doc office they say normal…..but I have never had this to happen they say do to the inflamition before procedure that he hit a nerve and he for sure did that,I am sure I will never have another one for the fact that it is supposed to help the pain not make it worse please forgive me for just rambling about this hope it helps someone

  12. had 3 epidurial steriod shots for pinch nerve now it went to my hip and knee does anyone know what i can do for this have a hard time walking

    1. I’m roger and I’ve had the same,, the pain went to hip then knee with burning sensation and all over a epidural shot for lower back pain,, I had a good doc but he retired, so found another but things got worse after his so called ep,,,, shots,, so switched to another doc,, now this one is good and honest and told me let’s go slowly to find the real problem and try and fix the other doctors problems they created,, all I WANT is honesty and that’s all he wants from me,,, we will figure it out , pray

  13. I fell getting my mail which my mailbox is located in the streets….the snow plow company didnt plow close enough to mailboxes which unbenounced to me caused me to lean forward and come off my toes….when i went to slowly push back and gain my footing, i turned, lost my balance,. Lost my footing and down i went…thinking it was just a oops slip and fall….twenty min later i felt the most unbelievable pain in my lower back and down my right leg that i have ever felt….to the E.R..xrays, pain shots and meds and sent home…A couple days of excruciating pain sent me back to E.R. With the same repeat…five days after fall to a back surgeon who immediately admitted me to the hospital…tedt after test and a steriod epidural with no relief…surgery was inevitable….i had a,lamenectomy and a jammed, bruised nerve was discovered and repaired along with a degenerative L4 was repaired, but the L4 was not my issues…finally relieved of the excruitating pain…i thought now the healing process will begin and i will be ok…..Not knowing my life was bout to take a downward spiral effect that would change my life forever….when i fell, I was a street patrol police officer for over 14 yrs and i passionately love my job more than anyone could possibly imagine….five months after surgery, i returned to work still with pain and being told by doc that it will take a long,.long time to heal…well i worked the streets wearing a 16 lb gunbelt and entire uniform and gunbelt weighing over 25 lbs coupled with the twenty lbs i had gained from laying on my back recovering was hard…but with pain meds and p.t. And docs assuring me that my spine was perfect that i should be ok, but they couldnt explain my pain….over a course of two yrs with several steriod epidurals, physical therapy, numerous different pain meds that didnt work, also on Cymbalta, Lyrica, and Gabapentin which all made me sick….then diagnosed with bursitis of right shoulder, osteoarthritissacriliitis of left S/I jpint, and severe scar tissue built up under surgery site….i know have chronic lower back pain, charlie horses in my legs like twinkling christmas tree lights, numbness and tingling in my feet and toes, along with constant S/I joint pain…im told by doctors there is nothing tjey can do for me, to hang up my gunbelt and take a desk job and see a counselor for trying to deal with the fact that the career which i live, lived for, and always dreamed of doing will inevitably be no longer….but the thought of that i could not bare because I love being a Police Officer….so i fought the idea of a desk job and im still fighting…again off work on a FMLA in attempt to go hard on physical therapy, lose the back weight i gained, and do another series of steroid epidurals…..i could fight this, win, and go back to what I Live doing more than anything in the world…..P.T. And neuromuscular massages seemed to be helping but a slow, slow process….After eight neuromuscular massages, the therapists had seemed to minimize my charlie horses in my legs, and the numbness/tingling in my feet/toes…then i was told the insurance co would only pay for 8 neuromuscular massages and slowly the charlie horses in my legs came back….Dec 2012 i had one steriod epidural which helped slightly, Jan 2013 i had my second which again, helped so ever slightly, but at this point, i will take whatever so slighty pain relief I could get….then on Feb 20, 2013 i had my final third steriod epidural of my series…i slept all day after rhat making sure i stayed in bed…the second day, i was very sore at the injection site which was normal in the past….then as the second day went on, i vomited,.still thinking nothing of it believing i possibly had not eaten enoughwith my pain meds that caused me to be sick as the day went on, i began to get a violent headache still thinking that it was i had not drank enough water, i took my motrin 600 and tried to sleep off,my headache….going into the third day after my epidural, i woke still sore at injection site, but my headache was gone feeling pretty good….so i did some lite laundry trying to move about as to not get to sore from laying in bed….then by early evening, my lower back was excruiating, i was nausish,.and a headache started again…fearing something was terribly wrong, my fiance rushed me to the E.R….they loaded me up with pain meds and i.v. Fluids to ease the back pain and my violent headache….then the doc told me that my spinal sac had been punctured by the epidural needle causing spinal fluid to leak….i was released, told to bed rest for few ays, drink plenty of caffiene to help subside the headache,.take my regular pain meds as prescribed, and if the severe pain and headaches do not subside, to return to the E.R. For a blood patch, where they would remove blood from my arm and inject it in my spine near the injectionsite to cause a.hematoma to stop the spinal flyid from leaking….buy the time i had got home from the hospital, i vomitted every ounce of fluid i drank…..thinking it was from all the pain mefs i had received in the hospital, i stopped drinking so i wouldnt vomit, and went to sleep….day four, i woke late afternoon,.still sore in lower back and a faint headache…..i decided to stay in bed praying the spinal fluids stop leaking, because if you dont lay on back in bed and stand up, the spinal fluids leak, you will get naushish, and possibly vomit and the headache will get worse….because i do not, if i dont have too, want another needle put into my back after what i just went thru with this bad experience of this steriod epidural that caused my spinal fluids to leak and causing my severe pain, vomiting, and violent headache …so with that being said….i dont think i will ever do another epidural after what i just experienced…as thou i have not been thru enough pain thru these two long yrs of chronic pain and the docs say there is nothing else they can do, but also suggested a spinal cord stimulator placed inside my back which constanly releases pain meds…but right now, thats not an option, that is there solution….me only being 44 yrs old, im too young too go that drastic this early and it will surely end my Police career…so all i have now is a whole lot of praying, physical therapy, pain management, hoping someday i will get better, tje pain will ease up, and i will get back into my uniform, get back to my life which has been so drastically altered by my fall. . Will i ever do another elidural?..Hecky NO….am i confident i will ever get better? Not sure, but i have not given up faith….but i am starting to lose faith in the doctors who have so quickly given up on me and didnt hesitate to tell me to hang up my gunbelt and just

    1. Your accounting of what happened to you is very sad. I just recently had an epidural with complications and I’m going to stop now before I ever do another. The main thing that touched me about your comments was your passion as being a police officer. I truly hope that you can return to your passion. Thank you

  14. I fell getting my mail which my mailbox is located in the streets….the snow plow company didnt plow close enough to mailboxes which unbenounced to me caused me to lean forward and come off my toes….when i went to slowly push back and gain my footing, i turned, lost my balance,. Lost my footing and down i went…thinking it was just a oops slip and fall….twenty min later i felt the most unbelievable pain in my lower back and down my right leg that i have ever felt….to the E.R..xrays, pain shots and meds and sent home…A couple days of excruciating pain sent me back to E.R. With the same repeat…five days after fall to a back surgeon who immediately admitted me to the hospital…tedt after test and a steriod epidural with no relief…surgery was inevitable….i had a,lamenectomy and a jammed, bruised nerve was discovered and repaired along with a degenerative L4 was repaired, but the L4 was not my issues…finally relieved of the excruitating pain…i thought now the healing process will begin and i will be ok…..Not knowing my life was bout to take a downward spiral effect that would change my life forever….when i fell, I was a street patrol police officer for over 14 yrs and i passionately love my job more than anyone could possibly imagine….five months after surgery, i returned to work still with pain and being told by doc that it will take a long,.long time to heal…well i worked the streets wearing a 16 lb gunbelt and entire uniform and gunbelt weighing over 25 lbs coupled with the twenty lbs i had gained from laying on my back recovering was hard…but with pain meds and p.t. And docs assuring me that my spine was perfect that i should be ok, but they couldnt explain my pain….over a course of two yrs with several steriod epidurals, physical therapy, numerous different pain meds that didnt work, also on Cymbalta, Lyrica, and Gabapentin which all made me sick….then diagnosed with bursitis of right shoulder, osteoarthritissacriliitis of left S/I jpint, and severe scar tissue built up under surgery site….i know have chronic lower back pain, charlie horses in my legs like twinkling christmas tree lights, numbness and tingling in my feet and toes, along with constant S/I joint pain…im told by doctors there is nothing tjey can do for me, to hang up my gunbelt and take a desk job and see a counselor for trying to deal with the fact that the career which i live, lived for, and always dreamed of doing will inevitably be no longer….but the thought of that i could not bare because I love being a Police Officer….so i fought the idea of a desk job and im still fighting…again off work on a FMLA in attempt to go hard on physical therapy, lose the back weight i gained, and do another series of steroid epidurals…..i could fight this, win, and go back to what I Live doing more than anything in the world…..P.T. And neuromuscular massages seemed to be helping but a slow, slow process….After eight neuromuscular massages, the therapists had seemed to minimize my charlie horses in my legs, and the numbness/tingling in my feet/toes…then i was told the insurance co would only pay for 8 neuromuscular massages and slowly the charlie horses in my legs came back….Dec 2012 i had one steriod epidural which helped slightly, Jan 2013 i had my second which again, helped so ever slightly, but at this point, i will take whatever so slighty pain relief I could get….then on Feb 20, 2013 i had my final third steriod epidural of my series…i slept all day after rhat making sure i stayed in bed…the second day, i was very sore at the injection site which was normal in the past….then as the second day went on, i vomited,.still thinking nothing of it believing i possibly had not eaten enoughwith my pain meds that caused me to be sick as the day went on, i began to get a violent headache still thinking that it was i had not drank enough water, i took my motrin 600 and tried to sleep off,my headache….going into the third day after my epidural, i woke still sore at injection site, but my headache was gone feeling pretty good….so i did some lite laundry trying to move about as to not get to sore from laying in bed….then by early evening, my lower back was excruiating, i was nausish,.and a headache started again…fearing something was terribly wrong, my fiance rushed me to the E.R….they loaded me up with pain meds and i.v. Fluids to ease the back pain and my violent headache….then the doc told me that my spinal sac had been punctured by the epidural needle causing spinal fluid to leak….i was released, told to bed rest for few ays, drink plenty of caffiene to help subside the headache,.take my regular pain meds as prescribed, and if the severe pain and headaches do not subside, to return to the E.R. For a blood patch, where they would remove blood from my arm and inject it in my spine near the injectionsite to cause a.hematoma to stop the spinal flyid from leaking….buy the time i had got home from the hospital, i vomitted every ounce of fluid i drank…..thinking it was from all the pain mefs i had received in the hospital, i stopped drinking so i wouldnt vomit, and went to sleep….day four, i woke late afternoon,.still sore in lower back and a faint headache…..i decided to stay in bed praying the spinal fluids stop leaking, because if you dont lay on back in bed and stand up, the spinal fluids leak, you will get naushish, and possibly vomit and the headache will get worse….because i do not, if i dont have too, want another needle put into my back after what i just went thru with this bad experience of this steriod epidural that caused my spinal fluids to leak and causing my severe pain, vomiting, and violent headache …so with that being said….i dont think i will ever do another epidural after what i just experienced…as thou i have not been thru enough pain thru these two long yrs of chronic pain and the docs say there is nothing else they can do, but also suggested a spinal cord stimulator placed inside my back which constanly releases pain meds…but right now, thats not an option, that is there solution….me only being 44 yrs old, im too young too go that drastic this early and it will surely end my Police career…so all i have now is a whole lot of praying, physical therapy, pain management, hoping someday i will get better, the pain will ease up, and i will get back into my uniform, get back to my life which has been so drastically altered by my fall. . Will i ever do another elidural?..Hecky NO….am i confident i will ever get better? Not sure, but i have not given up faith….but i am starting to lose faith in the doctors who have so quickly given up on me and didnt hesitate to tell me to hang up my gunbelt and just deal with it…well im not settling for that…..i have not given up yet….sorry this was typed from a phone a hard to proof read…thank you for reading my story…God Bless you all…and good luck with your back issues..

  15. I went to a major hosiptal and had a total of 4 epidural steroid injections 2 in my mid back – did nothing for my pain and 2 in my neck the first one nothing but the second one. Right afterwards on the way home had my brother stop, I got sick, and threw up. Then later that day it was like liquid fire running down my spine, had a headach for a week or more. Later that night I had my first and only time I had blood in my stool. I’ve read else where it can cause bowel problems. My pain level went up and the nerve pain down my arms increased from to the elbows to my fingers.

  16. I suffer from multiple spine problems from a l1 burst fracture into spinal canal. I have degen. disc disease,osteo and rheum arthritis. 12 surgeries. The cardiologist I work for sent me to a pain clinic. The physician there said I needed an epidural inj. which never worked before. I live 30 moles from his office so he said since I did not have a driver,he would not put numbing med in shot. Had the inj. they let me go and 15 miles from home I could not move or feel either legs from my butt to feet. I used an umbrella to put on brakes. My husband came and got me and had to carry me in. After 5 hours feeling started coming back. Too weak to work the next day and waited for the Dr to call me back. He never did. I went to his office and he said he never got my message. Also the inj. once again did no good. Will never go to a pain management place again. Seeing my neuro surg. in 2 days for progression of neck and back severe pain.

  17. I would love to read this post. I used to read your blog, but I can not because of the lack of contrast between the font and the background. I clicked on your tweet. I had a GREAT epidural once, believe it or not, but the anesthesiologist was also an acupuncturist. It was one of the most interesting and intense experiences of my life. Sorry my comment may not have a thing to do with your post! I live a life in pain, too, btw, so I hope that you take my comment seriously! Cheers.

  18. The steroids used for ESI’s are not FDA approved for epidural administration. In fact the makers of both Kenalog and DepoMedrol are on record warning doctors that these products are not recommended by them due to reports of severe adverse events. Since DepoMedrol is a particulate it may cause a sudden heart attack or stroke if accidentally injected into a vein or artary. If steroids are accidentally injected intrathecally, (inside the spinal cord) or if you suffer a bloody tap or puncture where blood and steroid enters the spinal cord, there is a very good chance you may develop a severe immuno reaction that will cause chemical meningitis resulting in Arachnoiditis which cannot be ever cured. The horrific pain of Arachnoiditis is hell on Earth with many suicides. ESI’s are a scam. Many who have posted here may not even be real patients. ESI’s do not cure anything… they do not reduce the need for surgery… they are not FDA approved for safety or efficacy… you are not being given proper informed consent. The risks do outweigh the short term benefit. Don’t believe it? Look it up…

    1. I’m Hoping you can help me to find info to help with collecting info on epidual shots causing blood clots that with in 8 hours caused my husband to have symtoms of a pending heart attack , he was rushed to hospital and was there for 4 days after them telling me he had a heart attack and that they wanted to do a catherization to find out if indeed it was a heart ,or possibly a blockage due to maybe plague or blood clot at that time I wanted them to treat him w/ a blood clot treatment( heperin shots which ru though your system and disolves the clots if any..Which they finally did after much arguing and it turnrd out it was a clot because when they did the caterization on his heart they said he had not had a heart attack and there where no blockages, ect. so i need to prove that my husband’s massive heard attack 3 weeks later which was caused by a huge clot and caused him to loose more than half of his heart muscle..and decrease his life expectcy to possible to as little as 3 years..
      PLease help with any info would be greatly appreciated…Thanks so much…

  19. Hi, I found this forum via a google search. I had an epidural about 4 weeks ago, which went wrong and had to have the blood patch in order to get the spinal fluid to stop leaking. The patch worked, however, I have had serious tailbone pain ever since. I have figured it’s just the blood disapating or whatever, but now the pain is more localized to the left side of my tailbone, plus, now my left calf and back of my left thigh is sore. I am sort of concerned and wonder if this sounds like something that I should get checked out, or just wait out the pain? I can’t get the doctor to really address any of it, and the anesthesiologist at the hospital was the one who did the procedure. Does anyone have any ideas on what I should do? I’ve been taking a “wait and see” approach, but I’m a month into it and things aren’t getting better.

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      I am experiencing the exact same thing that you have written. I had a lumbar puncture two weeks ago. Had severe headaches when standing, so I had a blood patch done, which helped relieve the headaches. But now I have pain in my back and in particular, my tailbone area. I have trouble with lifting bending at the waist and it hurts when I’m sitting. I’m curious to know what you did and how long it took for the pain to go away? All the doctors seem to think it’s just a matter of pain management and have recommended taking it easy, drink lots of fluids, and try meds. Any recommendations and what worked for you? HELP! I’m beginning to feel desperate!!
      Thanks,
      Moon

    2. If we after all the dr can’t do nothing to easy are pain an it looks like are lives are ruined. Can we sue ???? The money would help. Coz the drugs don’t

  20. My wife went in for her first epideral injection on February 3, 2014. She was experiencing numbing in both her hands. MRI showed deg disc in c6 and c7. After 20 minutes she walked out like nothing ever happened. She was under light sedation as well. After several weeks the numbing never improved so on March 3, 2014 she went back for her second injection. Different anesthesiologist this time. During the procedure she stopped breathing and they had to bag her to get her breathing again. After 2 hours they wheeled her out in a wheelchair and she looked like she was hit by a truck. I put her in the car and she had excruciating lower back pain that she said was traveling upward. After 2 hours at home I took her to the ER where they loaded her up on morphine, did MRI to check for hemotoma. Everything came back fine and the sent her home with pain meds. 2 days later I took her back to the ER because now she was complaining the pain was her entire right side from her neck to her waist and she was numb all down her right side. This time they did ex ray and more morphin. Results showed nothing and sent her home again. Had appt with original shot doctor the next day and he has no explanation on what went wrong. Now it is almost 4 weeks later and yesterday she said it feels like she has been poisoned! We have another appt on April 2, 2014 with shot doc again but nothing is getting better and she is scared to death to get another shot! Could he have punctures the spinal sac? How would you know and what would be the symptoms.
    She went from a perfectly healthy 45 yr old woman with slight numbness in her fingers to a 80 yr woman who has difficulty moving every day! Anyone help?

    1. I see you post was in 2014 and and wondering if your wife got her pain under control. I just had my second epidural today and the pain was excruciating. I had two injections, one between L3-L4 and one between L5-L6. Besides the doctor in the room, there was an X-ray technician and someone doing pain management. I think the shots hit the already inflamed nerves and I felt no pain control at all. The pain went down my left leg and into my toes like a searing knife. It was worse than the natural childbirth of any of my four childbirths.. I was awake and crying and moaning during the entire epidural. The doctor said they had given me a double dose of pain medicine.
      Last April I had two symbiotic cysts removed from my spinal canal that were pinching my nerves.. One was the size of a grape and I could barely walk. Because I am 68 and on Medicare, I had to have X-rays before an MRI, then an epidural (which was pain free because the sedation meds worked), and finally neurosurgery to remove the cysts. The first epidural did not help my pain but at least it didn’t hurt. The surgery was very successful and completely healed my right leg and sciatic pain. But gradually the left side has began to hurt. The surgeon thought it was inflamed nerves and recommended another epidural. My husband took me in today. I will never have another epidural as my pain has gone from a 4 to a 10 now. The same pain management doctor who did the epidural gave me Tramadol which doesn’t begin to touch the pain. Tomorrow I’ll make an appointment with my neurosurgeon. Has anyone had an epidural where the sedation did not work? My husband noticed I was awake and alert when he came in to get me. After the first epidural I was groggy and sedated and couldn’t remember much of anything. I felt like the shots went straight into my nerves. I am now in shock, can barely walk and the pain is about an 8 now. I do not recommend epidurals. I also have tried acupuncture to no avail. Has anyone had a similar experience? What did you do to get aggravated nerves to settle down?

  21. I have a steroid injection in c5 c6 and my legs were numb at 30 minutes after the procedure I had a horrible headache for 4 days at least 4 days my left arm is totally not it was not on off my right arm is numb my legs my left leg I was getting pain shooting through it now it hurts constantly and I am having pain in my right leg and my spine feels like somebody hit me at the bottom of my back with a baseball bat I’m supposed to get two more shots I don’t believe I will be doing that it is very horrible stuff. Doctors do not listen to you when you speak with them I got a I got a copy of a letter that my neurosurgeon sent to my doctor four years ago stating I had no problems other than c5 and c6 however he could not open my MRI to read it so it’s just bad medicine I’m disgusted and I’m in pain all the time so be careful when you get a steroid injection! I now I’m having chest pain rice feel like someone to squeezing my heart when I take a deep breath this doesn’t happen all the time it is having more often! I remember what a really close friend of mine said to me once they say they state they are practitioners remember they’re practicing on you and you neverknow the outcome! I’ve been in pain since 2006 a safe stella my head and I have taken several falls I would do anything to make my pain away now it is worse and the doctors don’t seem to care! My PCP is the only doctor I really trust very upfront and truthful so be careful he you go to you make it a good doctor you make it a bad doctor my doctors were supposedly the best and I really don’t believe that they are because of how I feel thanks so much for reading! sorry for any mistakes I am using my microphone on my kind because I can’t type very well! I want to get better but I am scared and the doctors a very cold and you are just and numbers to them so take your chances if you want I will not get another epidural injection!! I cried because I really thought this was going to make me feel better disappointed:(

    1. I had the ESI on 6-17-15 and i am now also having sharp shooting pains bilateral down both legs sometime pain goes to back of calves then it radiates dowm thru back of legs th the top of feet.

  22. Hello guy’s sorry to hear you all’s story’s… Here my story I’m going to try and make it short.. I was having pain in my lower back and down my left leg and or maybe right leg.. However I went to my doctor of 20+,years and he referred me to a pain management Dr… So I went and all i wanted was some pain meds to hold me over until I could have surgery… So the Dr told me that in order to get the pain meds I had to have a nerve root done and then I would get my prescription in 3wks… And as you guy’s know when your in pain you will do anything.. So I agreed against my better judgment.. And to make along story short I was paralyzed.. I was told I would never walk again.. It caused my L4 and L5 disc to rupture… Which then cause me to have a condition called Caudia Equina Syndrome… Please look this up it is very rare and you can have it and not get treated cause a lot of Dr don’t know it when they see it… My question is can I sue this Dr even though he had me sign papers saying that if anything went wrong he wasn’t to be held liable…

    1. Yes you can . Im a lawyer, I dont know about Statute of Limitation in your state, maybe 1 year or two years in other ststes more since the day of the procedure or the day when the patient know have a damage, go to a lawyer Hurry!

    2. Tanika and everybody who has suffered from unnecessary epidural injuries here at this site. I am so sorry to hear you have had this happen and so horrified at this country’s epidural practices and cannot imagine the number of people who’s lives are reduced to an existance with the most severe chronic pain because of injections that rupture the lining of the spine with fluid that’s not even approved by the FDA. The unbelievable focus over opioids causing addiction in chronic pain patients based on the exact opposite of what studies prove is one thing but holding those life saving meds over the suffering’s heads just to inject them and causing Arachnoiditis and Caudia Equina Syndrome is unconscionable. I wanted you to know that I tell everyone I know the cold hard truth about this malpractice happening every minute in this country and pray they listen. Please look up Dr Forrest Tennant’s information about the latest in treating the progression and inflammation of these conditions and Google the information on the upcoming conference in Minnasota this summer if it may be something you may be interested in attending. It is being presented by the many Adhesive Arachnoiditis patients trying to educate patients like everyone here who have suffered with these conditions from epidural injuries. I pray for you all to get the help and awareness for these diseases from epidural injuries.

  23. I was an industrial electrician for 20 years and developed serious back problems. Pain so bad I finally went to have an epidural. The
    Doctor seemed in a hurry and I watch the procedure on the monitor and heard him state he missed and saw fluid leak. They sent me home and I called due to unbelievable pain in my head. I was informed to lay down drink water.
    There was no follow up from the Doctor. I went back to my primary care she sent me to an Orthopedic Surgeon. I explained to all the Physiscans about my atrocious experience with the epidural nothing more was done or said about the insadent . The surgeon scheduled me for surgery.
    My pain subsided for about 1 week but came back so much worse. For several weeks the Physician kept referring me to physical therapy. I could not get out of bed I went back twice told him there is no way with this pain I can participate in physical therapy. After 3 months the Doctor order a MRI ( 1 MRI was done before my epiduaral. This Physican performed surgery know of my experience with the injection. That MRI had no evidence of Arachnoiditis. The Physicans received the report and even though he new the seriousness of his finding. He did not even have the decency to have us come in for an appointment. He had his secretary call and tell us there was no more he can do and she made an appointment with his associate for pain management. This pain management Physican asked us if the epidural was patched. It was not. He asked what the surgeon told us as we explained he never talked to us. This physican sent us back to surgeon for further explanation. I am Gary’s fiance and I have been in medical industry in adminstrative capasity so I looked up Garys diagnosis. 1. Meningitis and 2 Arachnoidits. So by time we went to the surgeon for consult we new the gravity of our situation and it does not get any worse in the world. The Physican played stupid , quickly said the word arachnoiditis as if no big deal and told my fiance his pain was an inigma then decided to send for more test. He treated us like idiots and sent us on our way. We spent hours months in state of shock we are in our early 50s very active and just starting out our life together now we have only chronic severe pain and eventual parylisis if not death to look forward to . This morning I was awoken my fiance told me when he bends it feels like his head is going to blow off his head and that is how I found this Blog. We sent our records to 2 high profile Lawyers 1 took almost a year to tell us we had no case. No explanation. The second took 6 months to tell us the same. They however did at least tell us why. We were in heaven starting the adventure of a life time we now only have suffering and to learn to find some way to enjoy the moments that we can catch the emotional and physical toll at times is impossible. Waking up to days like this on is traumatic. This destroyed his Neurological system drugs that are prescribed are a joke and they place blame on patient saying they just are drug addicts who want more drugs. He was a very healthy Man who now also has serious urolgical problems and developed irrectile dysfunction and snowball keeps going down hill. His amazing strong body destroyed. We can not afford the medical copays and he was forced to retire 10 years early which he had no intertion. We were left to learn about this disease ourselves and no one cares what this has done to our lives. The treatment after diagnosis has been barbaric and we are left to blame. It is unreal how I or no one ever heard of this disease. I assure you if we new of this potential out come we would have gladly lived with the pain. We now have until May if we do not find a Malparactice Attorney to take our case we are screwed and our lives all but ruined. I honestly do not know how much more my fiance can take the pain is not tollerable for humans. This should not be aloud this is the worse thing that could happen to a human and no one, no one cares or is accountable. We do not expect that any lawyer will help us. This is a massive cover up money making procedure generates Billions and so what if they have to sacrifice a few lives. and They get a way with it no recourse for us because we signed a consent that is limited information. Patient is not ecucated in medical they are in serious pain and trust these physician. For God sake the surgeon did not even have the decency to tell us to our face. I feel there should be not only malpractice but also criminal charges for the Physicans who daily administer these shots for profit. They do not care for there patient and toss them out when they fail. There are no words to describe the suffering and loss we have endured. If anyone reads this has any suggestions or can offer us any advise please, please contact us a lwolves47@yahoo.com Please we need a miracle this should not be aloud. If not for us for future brothers and sisters whos lives will be destroyed.

  24. This morning at 11:30am, I received my 44th lumbar injection. My doc has been good to me and helped me over the years to manage spinal pain from a 5 car accident 10 years ago. I have other issues…but today it was back symptoms. Thus, An attempted bilateral transforaminal for stenosis.

    As the medicine went into right side space an unexpected jolt, shock, uncontrolled trembling, and unprecedented pain went down my buttocks to toes. I was strapped down …aggressive with full Biblical gnashing of teeth. My pain was as if I stepped on the third rail of a train track!!! It lasted about 15 minutes before cooling down. Typically I have had an expected sharp pain down leg for 10 to 20 seconds. This was unbearable! My doc stayed by my side holding my hand. It was like an epileptic seizure of my entire leg.

    My thought at first is that the doc messed up…he probably did. I understood the risks. Leg pain is gone.

    It’s 12:20am just after midnight in Chicago. I am having a rough headache…but I have had these before. My blood glucose has shot up to 430…I took 20 units of insulin. Blood pressure a bit elevated. I am peeing every 30 to 40 minutes full bladder evacuation. I have peed 13 times since 4pm. Mild swelling at injection site but nothing unexpected.

    I will monitor vitals til 2am. I also. Took 2 norco 5/325 around 10pm. I have sleep apnea and Vicodin and other opiates slow my breathing so I want to be on the downside of pain meds before sleeping. The I will take 2 ibuprofine around 2:30.

    One last thing. I am a long time recipient of pain management. Today was a black eye. Also, my wife guards under lock and key all my opiates for pain. I do not carry them or control them. With any pain issues that require pain meds….please have some one for you to be accountable. We are human and try to do anything to relieve physical pain. Unfortunately some use them for emotional pain and pleasure. Done preaching. God bless! 🙂

  25. Hi
    I had a spinal epidural for knee surgery and am was wondering If anyone has had the same experience as I did? The anaesthetist sedated me but when the needle went into my back it was the worst (and strangest radiating) pain I have felt and he wouldn’t have stopped if I hadn’t managed to cry out through my sedation. He said he went in the wrong area! Next one was fine. But to this day 2 years later I have a tiny pimple sized bump and if I ever touch it I get that same spreading aching pain (to a much lesser degree though).

  26. I had 5 ESI’s due to lower back pain. The doctor was well known in St. Louis but he did not do the injections himself. Each time I went I had a different doctor. The last time I have a similar experience as many of you…it that it felt like an electronical shock throughout my body. I felt different when I left so I went home and took a nap. When I woke up I had this burning sensation on the top of my left foot and numbness. I called the docs office and they gave me a script for oxicodone which did nothing. The pain in my back did not decrease like it normally did after the injection and now every time I layed down in the bed I had a burning sensation on the top of my foot. Decided to consultant another doc and he said I needed back surgery. Desperate to get rid of the pain I had the surgery. Happy to say..it was successful and I rarely have pain in my back even 5 years later. But as for the burning on the top of my foot…it still happens every night. Wakes me up at around 4 pm and I have to walk for about 30 minutes to relieve the pain and I now have drop foot. I have had physical therapy but it has not helped the pain. Feels like someone is ripping the skin off the top of my foot.

  27. I have had back pain for years but then i had a spinal block done 8 years ago and ever since sometimes when im standing or walking i get a sharp pain shoot up my spine. I can’t pick up a lot of stuff. When I do have to pick up a box or something like that I am down for days.
    If I’m bent over to long I can barely walk. Every night when I lay down my back pain is so bad that I am in tears until my back finally adjust.
    Does anyone know what is going on? When it happens it fast and sharp and sometimes takes me to my knees. Feels like someone is stabbing me.

  28. 2011 I had an epidural for my first child. When he was putting the epidural in ad he was conversing with the nurse, I jolted upward and immediately heard him say “That hasn’t happened in 12 years”. I was paralyzed from the neck down during labor. They had to take me off the epidural, then place another epidural in. I couldn’t push so they ended up taking me off completely and going natural. Within a week home I had a nerve mingraine and stiff neck. They explained I had a dural puncture. They ended up giving me a blood patchx which is an epidural that uses my own blood to patch the whole where CSF was leaking out. The blood patch didn’t take so within a few days I had another epidural. Within a week and a half I had four epidurals and now I have nerve damage. I will pull my back out at least twice a year. I’m 30 and I can’t work out because I will irritate my back. I can’t lift heavy objects. The hospital did not respond to my emails or phone calls. It’s a sad story and I wish I had some answers as to why my back gets irritated so quickly.

  29. Hi all! I had my first lumbar epidural on Wednesday, as they were injecting me I figured they hit the exact spot they needed to because my whole left leg was burning soooooo bad I almost got up the head surgeon was hold my leg down. After the procedure I will say I had no pain at all. I thought that was it and I was cured. Well……..it’s been 2 days and the original pain I had is still gone but I have pain at the injection site and I am VERY nauseas. Is this normal?

  30. I had a great experience with all of my injections. I had reconstructive surgery on my shoulder for a torn rotator cuff in 2002 and restore it in 2014. My MD has been giving me injections without issues and positive results. Actually, my first injection resulted in a minor “freeze” burn which is a safer method to lidocaine at the injection site. That resolved within a week and was absolutely painless.

    As for my back, I have lupus, sjogrens, severe spinal stenosis, and herniated discs. My main concern is my cervical and lumbar pain. I can manage my cervical pain since it is from an injury back in 1996 and I am use to it. However, I have severe lumbar spinal stenosis with epidural lipomatosis. I have had cauda equina in the past five months . I met a fabulous pain mgt MD who is cautious and kind. He gave me an ESI and a minor de-bulking of the lipomatosis under local with positive results for four months. I vetted this man for months. Tomorrow I will undergo the same procedure for four more months of pain relief. Do your homework!!! Vet your doctors.

    I am sorry for all of you who are suffering… I feel your pain. It sucks!!! Insurance sucks! Feel better…. Stay strong. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  31. I had a series of Epidurals starting 1997-2001. Only the one in 2001 was under Fluoroscopy. I had chronic pain in the Intercostal region resulting from scar tissue which was from a Dbl. Mastectomy & reconstruction. During reconstruction I had 6 pneumo thorax’s resulting being on a chest tube for 1 week ea
    time. I started having chronic pain so was referred to a Pain Mgmt facility & had about 15 epidurals. The last one in 2001 seemed uneventful. I went home & laid down for a nap. When I woke up I could not move from the waist down. I felt I had to urinate but could not walk. Slept on the floor thinking it would be ok the next morning but I still was unable to even move my toe. I was taken by ambulance to the hospital where them immediately put a catheter in & removed several liters of urine. I was moved to a hospital floor for several days. After about 2 weeks I could move a few toes so was moved upstairs to Rehab.
    I had physica therapy & learned to transfer to a wheel chair, etc.
    Finally was able to use a walker & then a cane. Years later I still use a walker & cane. I have chronic pain in my lower body. My legs & feet have horrific pain 24/7. It goes from tingling, spasms, The sides of both knees are swollen & painful. Pain moves from my calves to my shins & constantly my feet. I have
    had every kind of test & they say everything is normal. Initially I was told I had a Infarct of the lower Spinal Cord caused by the Epidural so I get the same response – this is a SCI. I have been on so many narcotic medications but it does not seem to help the deep burning & Neuropathy in my legs & feet. I finally had a pain pump surgically inserted & it helps the top of my legs but not the lower half.. My gait is messed up, I stumble & fall. I just don’t know what to do anymore. So frustrating. I have always been a very active person and now I am on the bed or couch elevating my legs most of the time. Most horrible experience I have ever been through & is slowly is getting worse. I would welcome any suggestions.

  32. In the past year I have had a few steroid shots to my shoulder with no problem. 2 months ago ( August. 2015)
    My doctor wasn’t in ( which I wasn’t told before my appt. ) his partner gave me the shot and never ever in my life have I felt so much pain! It’s been 3 months now and I am in constant pain! I know he hit a nerve and the pain goes from my shoulder ( the injection site) down my arm, up my neck and to the side of my head now. Can I sue that idiot? I can’t live in constant pain like this! It’s affecting my work and home life and I wake up at least 3 times every single nite to put ice on it. I’m so angry!

  33. Oh, God, this scares me. I am a disabled RN, and needless to say, after many years of seeing various doctors and having various procedures for a severe bladder disease, I ended up having an intrathecal morphine pump going into my spine 24/7. I was doubtful about the young Dougie Housser neurosurgeon who put it in. I was violently ill, vomiting and in pain when I was sent home hours away. I called this young, smug prick (sorry) to tell him I had a spinal headache and was leaking spinal fluid. He said it wasn’t possible,p! It was a long, expensive ambulance ride back, and days of blindness and headaches until I ever got that leak patched. So I was already traumatized and protective if my spinal cord. Now suddenly, five months ago, I felt like someone was suddenly driving a sharp stick through my SI joint and had a steroid injection in my hip. Miserably painful, I thought. Then it’s was like someone was driving a stake through the back of my skull over my slowly enlarging dowager’s hump. Experienced my first and playfully my last myelogram. It was like real torture, with paralyzed, screaming muscles below my waist and in my already hurt neck when they tilted the table and the dye ran into my head, and it didn’t show anything. So The doctor guessed on an epidural steroid injection in my neck a week and a half ago, hurt like hell, but was miraculously “cured” for almost a week, and upset the pain and hand numbers came right back. He wants to do it again week after next. And the author’s poop story stirs foreboding. I already have bladder and bowel issues. I was never weak-stomached as a nurse (except when I watched a surgeon put what looked just like a Craftsman drill into a patient’s foot!) but my God, this driving needles in those epidural and joint spaces without sedation seems sadistic. Now I’m weighing: miserable neck pain where I can’t rest my head in a pilow or another painful ESI and weight gain. Hmm. I’ve lost a lot of faith in doctors. Mine is pretty skilled now, but wow it hurts, despite having morphine going 24/7. Bless your hearts, everyone, your stories scare me, but I’m glad to know. I’ve lived with bladder pain nearly 15 years, but this new life of spine, neck, hip joint pain may put me over the edge of sanity. I don’t want to live or die in pain, and I’m SCARED.

  34. I herniated 8 discs and I had to wait 7 yrs before the Dayton, OH VA gave me my 1st thoracic spine shot. it was crucifying pain and it took 50 mins to get the needle in. they never gave me any medicine of anything for the procedure.

  35. I’ve had in my opinion the worst possible results from an epidural cotiosteroid injection into my spine supposedly administered by a spinal specialist which doesn’t explain why I only now need to see a spine specialist after this injection only made my pain worse and totally embarrassing is that I dribble urine now while sleeping which never, ever occurred before having this spinal injection.

    Since the injection my pain is much, much worse & I feel so embarrassed by dribbling urine in my sleep, something I’ve not experienced since I was about 3 years old.

    I’m angry & very upset right now. I’m in constant agony & everything’s worse since this injection.

    I don’t understand why it’s only now after such a bad experience that I’m being referred to a spine specialist 2 months ago & still waiting. I was told the dr giving me the spine injection was a spine specialist so why is it now only after the injection that’s caused such misery am I waiting for referral to a spine specialist? How long should I have to wait when the effects of the epidural cotiosteroid injection have been so utterly devastating & caused me so much more pain etc. ?

    I’ve been waiting 2 months for help now & am losing all hope. If someone could help me I’d be most appreciative. The doctor who gave me the injection was Dr. AlShariff of Anaheim of Pain Management Associates.

    Sincerely,
    Helen Cool

  36. I had plenty of epidurals over the years in my lumbar region.in 1999 I was working as a dockworker and an engine fell out of a truck I was unloading and struck my low back and head.Since then,pain has been constant.Well,maybe a few months ago,I insisted with PAIN MANAGEMENT to give me another injection as they have worked for me before.I was always awake but this event woke up hours later with the entire team standing around me.they asked how I felt and I lied and said great because that’s what I thought I should say.I had a tremendous headache in which they gave me something to take and it took the headache away a short time later.the doctor explained that the needle went a little too far and caused spinal fluid to seep out.They put me under the minute it happened.I noticed I had pain in my arm and touched it to find gauze.He told me that they drew blood and clogged the incision where the fluid was coming out.They use your blood to stop the spinal fluid.I never felt the same since.Now I find out that I have a mass in my spinal cord and in the first stage of the process to find out what it is.I can’t help but wonder if the slip of the needle caused this because my back problems were in 1999,not 2015.Doctors should be doing follow ups in these type errors and not have to have another hospital,the VA bring me the bad news of who knows what the mass is and where it came from.It wasn’t there last year.

    1. Hi Bobby, if you haven’t already please research Adhesive Arachnoiditis and join a good closed Facebook AA group if you haven’t already. Your MRI results showing nerve clumping is the result of these epidurals that puncture the arachnoid lining of the spine and are injected with the medicine never intended for the spine and that are not even approved by the FDA. I am so sorry you have to live with this hell. Please google the upcoming conference in summer of 2016 first time ever AA conference given by those with AA themselves. It will have Dr Forrest Tennant who has come back out of retirement to address this very serious condition that other pain specialists throw their hands up with and tell us there’s nothing. else they can do! This is NOT SO and should not be believed. Getting the correct diagnosis, learning how to control the inflammation and stopping the progression is never not an option let alone getting adequate pain control through hormonal balance, various prescription medication that includes opioids and/or medical mj if that’s an option in your state. I’m not part of the planning and realize the travel is a huge obstacle. If you google this conference and the travel advice for AA you might find a creative way to make this happen. To hear and meet Dr Forrest Tennant you will only be shocked and blessed by this most amazing human being! If not I’m sure it will all be recorded for YouTube so every AA patient has access to this once in a lifetime conference. I pray for you and all AA survivors and for an awakening and change of this country’s incredibly ignorant and greed driven pain policies. -Kerry

  37. I actually have a question if anyone has an answer knowledgeabley about it. Tomorrow will be two weeks since my csection. I had a spinal instead of an epidural. The anesthesiologist explained the spinal as 2 pokes… the first to numb that area and then one that will numb all the lower regions for surgery.
    I thought I felt quite a few pokes, but I didn’t know if one of the couple pokes he was supposed to do would make it feel that way.
    As they say… I felt tugging and pressure during surgery but it was painful. Extremely so. Like people we’re grabbing me by my insides and trying to throw me across the room.

    After I left the hospital and as of 3 or 4 days post operation I was slowly starting to feel better from surgery and can say I basically forgot about the csection pain fiasco.

    But 5 or 6 days post op. I developed severe pain in my right face, ear, back of head, neck and shoulder and a mild tingly numbness in my right arm and leg. It comes and goes and varies in intensity. I’ve been laying flat as often as I can(I have a newborn and 2 other kids) and downing lots of fluids, including a lot of caffeine and taking ibuiprofin. It’s been about Week.

    Suddenly late last night and today my back hurts. That could be from the spinal leak as well even though it’s New symptom? Or is it from laying in the same position for so long?

    As well, how long does it take to heal on its own? And if it doesn’t will it or can it kill or paralize me or just cause the odd and painful symptoms I’m already having?

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