During your lumbar epidural injection, your doctor injected steroid medicine into the area around your spinal cord to help with pain, tingling, or numbness.
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 have included a numbing medicine that works right away for a short time. It may leave your legs feeling heavy or numb at first. You will probably be able to walk. But you may need to be extra careful.
The effects of the numbing medicine should wear off in a few hours.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to feel better as quickly as possible.
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.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: November 29, 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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