What is Epidural Steroid Injection?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections


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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain in lower back 98 62
Neck pain 37 18
Pain 28 20
Sciatic nerve pain 11 8
Degenerative disc disease 7 4

Show all 75 reasons taken

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 17
Moderate 15
Mild 22
None 48

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Epidural Steroid Injection

Side effect Patients
Pain 12
Back pain 7
Headaches 3
Injection site pain 3
Nausea 3
Pain in lower back 3

Show all 55 reported side effects


Based on patients currently taking Epidural Steroid Injection

Dosage Patients
1other as needed 3
1 other every 6 weeks 2
1 intl units yearly 1
1 other yearly 1
1 yearly 1
1 other every 3 months 1
1 mg every 12 weeks 1
10 mg yearly 1
1 intl units monthly 1
5 other every 12 weeks 1

See all 21 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Epidural Steroid Injection

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 51
Did not seem to work 40
Other 13
Side effects too severe 12
Doctor's advice 10
Expense 6
Personal research 4
Change in health plan coverage 3
See all 113 patients who've stopped taking Epidural Steroid Injection


Currently taking Epidural Steroid Injection

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Epidural Steroid Injection

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 63
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence Evaluations
Always 72
Usually 6
Sometimes 12
Never taken as prescribed 12
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 17
Somewhat hard to take 35
A little hard to take 22
Not at all hard to take 28
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 21
$100-199 2
$50-99 4
$25-49 8
< $25 21
Not specified 46

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Epidural Steroid Injection and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 1
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10 patient evaluations for 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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Jan 1, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for neck pain)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Every 3 months
Advice & Tips: I've had epidural injections in my neck/spine for many years. Over time they have stopped helping me with pain.

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Sep 10, 2011 (Started Jul 21, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for degenerative disc disease)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for sciatic neuralgia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for herniated disc)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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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