A lumbar epidural injection is a shot of steroid medicine into your back. The injection goes into the space around your spinal cord.
A doctor may do this to help with pain, tingling, or numbness in your back or down your leg. These symptoms might be caused by a back or disc problem.
Steroids don't always work. And when they do, it takes a few days. But the pain relief can last for several days to a few months or longer.
Your injection may also include a numbing medicine that will work right away for a short time.
Some people get a series of injections over weeks or months.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John M. Freedman, MD - Anesthesiology & Nancy E. Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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