What is Epidural Steroid Injection?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Steroid Injections

Epidural Steroid Injection is an injection of long lasting steroid in the space that surrounds the spinal cord and the nerves coming out of it. The injection consists of a mixture of local anesthetic and the steroid medication and is used to reduce inflammation, swelling and pain.

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Epidural Steroid Injection)
Dosage Patients
1other as needed 12
one time 3
1 other monthly 3
1 mg every other week 3
100mg as needed 2
monthly 2
1 other every 3 months 2
1 other every other week 2
0mg as needed 1
every other week 1
Why Patients Stopped Taking Epidural Steroid Injection (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 39
Did not seem to work 23
Not indicated 8
Other 8
Side effects too severe 7
Expense 5
Personal research 3
Change in health plan coverage 3
Doctor's advice 3
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Duration

Currently Taking Epidural Steroid Injection
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 1
3-6 months 2
6 months-1 year 8
1-2 years 4
2 years or more 7
Stopped Taking Epidural Steroid Injection
Duration Patients
0-1 month 18
1-3 months 8
3-6 months 5
6 months-1 year 5
1-2 years 7
2 years or more 6
Adherence
Always
44 79%
Usually
3 5%
Sometimes
5 9%
Never
4 7%
Burden
Very
12 21%
Somewhat
16 29%
A little
11 20%
Not at all
17 30%
Cost
$200+
16 44%
$100-199
1 3%
$50-99
2 6%
$25-49
6 17%
< $25
11 31%
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8 patient evaluations for Epidural Steroid Injection

fatherofs
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Data Quality: 0 stars
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Condition: 3 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported

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Sep 10, 2011 (Started Jul 21, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Degenerative Disc Disease: None
  • Perceived effectiveness for Sciatic Neuralgia: None
  • Perceived effectiveness for Herniated Disc: None
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 60 mg Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: According to the literautre the efficacy of epidural steroid injections for the treatment of herniated disc disorder is questionable. However, I personally know several people who greatly benefited from such injections. In fact, their problem is yet to return, and it was many years ago. Therefore I believe that these injections are worth trying, despite the fact that I received 4 injections by more than 1 Dr and had no pain relief whatsoever. The point for the patient to evaluate before scheduling such injections is to verify that the dose of the steroid that the Dr wants to injects is not lowered after each injection, and that it is constantly high. There was one clinic that wanted to inject decreasing doses of steroids and I left this clinic to do other injections with a different Dr. I also think that if these inejctions do not help for sciatic pain and the pain is intractable, it is time to start searching for a surgeon. One additional point regarding epidural steroid injections is that I think that it is worth trying 3 injections. So if you don't have any benefit from the first 2 injections, it is still worth trying at least 1 additional injection.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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Chigi
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: None
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:M52y
FM:6y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Mar 9, 2011 (Started Nov 04, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Neck pain: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain in lower back: Slight
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: The injection only worked for a month and VERY expensive, almost not worth doing except it did make it easier to walk
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in legs, feet and ankles

Nov 22, 2010 (Started Nov 04, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Neck pain: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain in lower back: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I used ice then a hot bath to ease the pain of the injection and OTC ib for the headaches which only lasted a day. It helped wth my arm pain and numbness. I am walking better because of it. Seems to help with pain but does not elimate all of it.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in legs, feet and ankles

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arachnoiditis555
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 39
Condition: Arachnoiditis 3 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
Arachnoiditis

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Nov 17, 2010 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain in lower back: None
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Advice & Tips: STAY AWAY FROM EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTIONS. Especially when Depo-Medrol is used, ESI is contraindicated for use in the spine (there is a warning on the label of the drug as well as with the contained literature). ESI's are a major cause of arachnoiditis.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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