What is Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection?

Category: Procedures


Generic name: Epidural Steroid Injection

A lumbar epidural steroid injection delivers steroids into the epidural space surrounding spinal nerve roots to help alleviate pain in the lumbar spine caused by irritated nerves.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain in lower back 77 29
Back pain 10 0
Pain 9 9
Neck pain 7 1
Spinal stenosis 7 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 4
Moderate 5
Mild 5
None 24

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection

Side effect Patients Percentage
Pain 5
Back pain 3
Itching 2
Migraine 2
Nausea 2
Arachnoiditis 1

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Based on patients currently taking Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 other every 3 months 1
3 other every other week 1
1mg as needed 1
8 other every 6 months 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 23
Usually 4
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 13
A little hard to take 12
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 7
$100-199 2
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 7
Not specified 20

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Cortisone Injection 1
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2 patient evaluations for Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection

Feb 3, 2015 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for radiculopathy lumbar and cervical)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: This treatment is only temporary. Must retake every 6 months for it to help. Cannot see spending that much money for temp results.

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Nov 17, 2010 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    Severe (arachnoiditis)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 3 other Every 6 Weeks
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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