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Cervical epidural injection

Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,462 Crazy Baller
Anyone have any experience with this procedure? Bulging disc between C6 & C7 is causing numbness in my left arm and left hand.

This is the basic info I found on the net;

Cervical epidural injection

A cervical epidural injection places anti-inflammatory medicine into the epidural space to decrease inflammation of the nerve roots, hopefully reducing the pain in the neck, shoulders and arms. The epidural injection may help the injury to heal by reducing inflammation. It may provide permanent relief or provide a period of pain relief for several months while the injury/cause of pain is healing.


  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    I'd give it a try. Sometimes the anti-inflammatory effect can totally alleviate current symptoms and allow the area to "settle down" so that the inflammation lessens. It is a good first step that can allow you to avoid surgery. After that you go down the road of various surgical options including micro-foramenotomy, micro-discectomy, fusions, etc. I'd try the shot.
    Jim Ross
  • jetpilotg4jetpilotg4 Posts: 302 Solid Baller
    My ski partner had it done a few months back ... Day after he was complaining of dizziness nausea with a severe headache ... Spent the next 5 days in the hospital ... Apparently you can leak important fluids if the procedure isn't done perfectly
  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 1,111 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I had a spinal tap once. I ended up like jetpilotg4 said. I would rather die than have a needle at my spine again. That was 9-12-01 and I still get physically sick thinking about it.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,972 Mega Baller
    I had a couple of them a few years ago and they helped. It was lower in the L5 region. It wasn't enough to prevent surgery but it allowed me to stop sleeping on the floor n
    Mark Shaffer
  • HallpassHallpass Posts: 153 Solid Baller
    I had a pretty bad C5 C6. The injections did alleviate much of the stabbing pain in my left shoulder. I'd say the procedure got me through a summer in which we had already planned a European vacation. In my case, I knew that I was probably going to have the fusion, and at end of summer I did. However, based on the relief I felt, I can definitely understand the theory behind reducing inflammation and giving the area a chance to settle down particularly if the disc is not too bad.
  • Ski63Ski63 Posts: 6 Baller
    I have C5 C6 nerve issue affecting my right arm. Injection is scheduled for May 2. Can let you know how it goes.
  • xratedxrated Posts: 506 Solid Baller
    The Doc here knows more than me as I'm just the X-ray tech who helps with these.

    But IMO and from what many docs have said injections usually aren't a fix. It is like taping plastic over your broken car window until you get it replaced. It works and it allows you to return to normal use but it doesn't fix the problem.

    That said we see a handful of people who get one injection and it lasts 2 years. Others get 2 months.

    Definitely worth a shot though and if you get good relief it can help postpone the knife.
  • bojansbojans Posts: 259 Solid Baller
    I have had a few in the lumbar region, no issues and they provided relief for varying amounts of time (one was over 6 months). Make sure you find an experienced DOCTOR to do this, not some tech who learned to give injections.
    Good luck.
  • parkerc2112parkerc2112 Posts: 127 Baller
    I had a injection in cervical under fluoroscopy because of disc firing a nerve in neck. Worked great.
  • TustinTomTustinTom Posts: 101 Baller
    What @bojans said. If it not common for it to be done under flouroscopy, ask you doctor if it can be. I am not sure about an injection vs. a tap, but if a Spinal Headache can occur, demand Flouroscopy.

    Google Spinal Headache. Symptoms are from awful to unfathomable (rather die). This occurs when the Doc "misses/overshoots" the needle. The fix was to go back in under Flouroscopy. My question, why not do it the first time..... Answer, we usually don't have this problem, only about 5% of the time.
  • sltrjusltrju Posts: 3 Baller
    Due to osteoarthritis in my neck I had numbness in left arm and hands. I had an epidural under fluoroscopy five years ago. The epidural had no effect, and my neurosurgeon's recommendation was to do neck fusion, I resisted and tried a second epidural. It eliminated the problem and it has never came back.
  • SethroSethro Posts: 275 Solid Baller
    I had the injections as it was deemed worth a try. I had two opinions that surgery was probably necessary, with both doctors saying try the shots as maybe they'd help. They had zero effect on me. Zero. So I had the cervical fusion.
  • xratedxrated Posts: 506 Solid Baller
    @bojans you gotta be a doc to do it, xray techs just run the fluro.

    @TustinTom about the only type of injection I'm aware of being done not under fluro is either a knee, a trigger point or sometimes some are done with ultrasound. I would run far and fast from anyone who says they can place a needle and steroid in the right spot of a spine without it.
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