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Forum Name: Spinal problems and back pain

Question: epidural injections


 nanny7561 - Thu Sep 15, 2005 7:42 pm

I have a bulging disc in my lower back. With a sciatica nerve irritation. I went through 12 visit of phycial threrapy and my sciatica neve is better. But the pain in my back is not. My doctor is going to send me for a epidural injections. How safe is this. My husband thinks I should have surgrey. But I really don't want it right now. I have been off work for almost 2 months. This resulted as a accident from a fall. Please give me some advice on what to do?
 Tiger1440 - Fri Sep 16, 2005 2:07 pm

Epidural injections are usually fairly safe and have fewer complications than surgery. The biggest risks are infection or the nicking of a nerve. However, the risks are much greater when you have surgery. Many people receive epidural injections and find that they greatly improve their quality of life. Other do not receive any benifit. Once you have had back surgery, chances are, you will have to have another one in a few years.

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