Steroid injection in neck for bulging disc

This is a rare complication that may occur if a small hole is made in the fibrous sac and does not close up after the needle puncture. These small holes are only made in less than 1% of epidural injections and usually heal on their own. The spinal fluid inside can leak out, and when severe, the brain loses the cushioning effect of the fluid, which causes a severe headache when you sit or stand. These types of headaches occur typically about 2-3 days after the procedure and are positional - they come on when you sit or stand and go away when you lie down. If you do develop a spinal headache, it is OK to treat yourself. As long as you do not feel ill and have no fever and the headache goes away when you lay down, you may treat yourself with 24 hours of bed rest with bathroom privileges while drinking plenty of fluids. This almost always works. If it does not, contact the radiologist who performed the procedure or your referring physician. A procedure (called an epidural blood patch) can be performed in the hospital that has a very high success rate in treating spinal headaches.  

I had three injections all of which worked for a few days to two weeks then stopped. The excruciating pain returned and only Vicoden 5 mg 3-4 times a day controlled the pain. Vicoden at that dose is the lowest dose prescribed. it worked perfectly for several years and doctors refused to prescribed opioids for fear of losing their license. My sister recently died of throat cancer and she complained constantly of pain. She died with unrelieved pain. As a cancer patient she was prescribed Morphine 2 mg. every 6 hours. That is beyond ridiculous but keeps our doctor’s license safe. Our doctors are violating their Hippocratic oath – Do No Harm. They had added a caveat “except when the government is breathing down your neck. Then the patient be damned. I am glad this helped you Randy. I don’t know your clinical status but I am sure it differs from mine. Do you have severe and crippling arthritis?

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Some of the potential side-effects of epidural steroid injections include the possibility of complications with the procedure itself, namely a risk of infection at the injection site. Side effects can include tenderness for a few days at the site of injection, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, and headaches. There is also a very small chance of spinal fluid leakage, due to dural tear, although the use of the fluoroscope dramatically minimizes this risk. Epidurals are not commonly used for neck pain as the cervical spinal structures are harder to navigate safely. Oral steroids, and NSAIDs provide alternative medication options, along with fish oils, glucosamine, and other alternative pain relief remedies.

Video Content Article Content Return To Library Print Epidural Injections - Neck (Cervical Transforaminal Steroid Injection) Introduction | Anatomy | Causes | Symptoms | Diagnosis | Treatment Introduction Cervical transforaminal epidural steroid injections are a non-surgical option to ease pain in the neck, shoulder and upper extremity.  The neck is a vulnerable part of the spine and is susceptible to injury and degeneration.  A variety of conditions can cause pinched nerves in the neck, which not only can cause pain in the neck, but pain that spreads to the shoulders and arms.  Cervical transforaminal epidural steroid injections deliver medication directly to the affected area, and can be used as a diagnostic tool and as a treatment modality. Back to Top

Steroid injection in neck for bulging disc

steroid injection in neck for bulging disc

Some of the potential side-effects of epidural steroid injections include the possibility of complications with the procedure itself, namely a risk of infection at the injection site. Side effects can include tenderness for a few days at the site of injection, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, and headaches. There is also a very small chance of spinal fluid leakage, due to dural tear, although the use of the fluoroscope dramatically minimizes this risk. Epidurals are not commonly used for neck pain as the cervical spinal structures are harder to navigate safely. Oral steroids, and NSAIDs provide alternative medication options, along with fish oils, glucosamine, and other alternative pain relief remedies.

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