Epidural steroids for herniated lumbar disc + sciatica?
August 29, 2014 3:03 PM Subscribe
YANMD, yes. The more I investigate this, the more I can't seem to get a straight answer.
posted by bitterkitten to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've had an MRI that clearly shows a herniated lumbar disc, but this doesn't necessarily = "you must get an injection", although my neurologist and chiropractor both believe it may help. That is, neither of them are going "yes, you should definitely do this."
I've already done 3+ months of pt, some acupuncture, massage and attempted changing of any physical situation (ergo, car seat, standing posture etc), but it's been slowly getting worse. This week, I went to see this highly recommended new pt guy who has had me doing a crazy # of those yoga-style cobra press-ups per day, and that does seem to alleviate it somewhat as my day progresses and I do more of them - but each morning I revert back to where I was the previous morning. Granted I know that this won't magically work overnight, but still. All this being said, my question remains - is it worth risking having somebody jab me in my spine to reduce the inflammation of the nerve root? My chiropractor (who I regard fairly highly), thinks that by continuing to put off the injection, I'm just putting off letting myself genuinely feel better. Statistics say the procedure is pretty safe, but er... it's still a 5% chance of something evil happening from getting poked in the spine.
What say you, fellow herniated disc people who have had sciatica as a result? Thanks muchly.