Pain after steroid injection in back

I had an L5S1 microdiscectomy 8/29/12. My only symptom was a numb foot and 3 doctors said the surgery would be my best chance for recovery. Now almost 6 months later and I now have excruciating left lower back pain and what feels like hot coals on my knee and thigh…and my foot is still numb. 2nd MRI shows nothing and the surgeon has said he can’t do anything to help. Quality of life is pretty bad. I am only 63 and wonder if this is it for the rest of my life. I did have symptoms in the same area before the surgery occasionally which had never been diagnosed but nothing like this. This is simply awful. I was an idiot to let myself be talked into this operation. Something must have occured in the OR to cause my symptoms (which I started to notice right after surgery.) I am hoping that maybe a nerve got tweaked and will work itself out but after 6 months I am getting more and more depressed. Have never taken any pain meds but may have to consider it if I want to go on living.

For many people, back pain goes away on its own or with nonsurgical treatments. Epidural steroid injections shouldn't typically be used as a first-line therapy for back pain relief, but that doesn't mean they can't play a role in treating pain. But injections won't cure the underlying cause of back pain, and they provide only temporary relief. Unfortunately, in many cases, chronic back pain can't be cured, but must instead be managed, like other chronic conditions—and patients must have realistic expectations of what epidurals can do.

Acne is often present. Acne conglobata is a particularly severe form of acne that can develop during steroid abuse or even after the drug has been discontinued. Infections are a common side effect of steroid abuse because of needle sharing and unsanitary techniques used when injecting the drugs into the skin. These are similar risks to IV drug abusers with increased potential to acquire blood-borne infections such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS . Skin abscesses may occur at injection sites and may spread to other organs of the body. Endocarditis or an infection of the heart valves is not uncommon.

I have some info.  I developed this same ileopsoas tendinitis two weeks after left hip and two weeks after right hip replacement.  The surgeon denied it could be the hip causing this.  He sent me to a rheumatologist and low back surgeon, wasting my money.  He is considered the best surgeon in the state!  He got so frustrated with me.  The pain became so severe I could barely walk.  I was in misery.  Finally, he put cortisone in the trochanter bursa and the pain went away in a couple days.  When the same pain occurred after the second hip, I got the cortisone.  I have also tried cortisone directly into, by ultrasound, the tendon.  That did not work any better than just doing the bursa.  So every three months for five times each hip, I got cortisone.  I went to PT and stretching made the pain severe and debilitating.  I also had several dry needling from the PT which did nothing.  

I had three injections all of which worked for a few days to two weeks then stopped. The excruciating pain returned and only Vicoden 5 mg 3-4 times a day controlled the pain. Vicoden at that dose is the lowest dose prescribed. it worked perfectly for several years and doctors refused to prescribed opioids for fear of losing their license. My sister recently died of throat cancer and she complained constantly of pain. She died with unrelieved pain. As a cancer patient she was prescribed Morphine 2 mg. every 6 hours. That is beyond ridiculous but keeps our doctor’s license safe. Our doctors are violating their Hippocratic oath – Do No Harm. They had added a caveat “except when the government is breathing down your neck. Then the patient be damned. I am glad this helped you Randy. I don’t know your clinical status but I am sure it differs from mine. Do you have severe and crippling arthritis?

Epidural steroid injections are most commonly used in situations of radicular pain, which is a radiating pain that is transmitted away from the spine by an irritated spinal nerve. Irritation of a spinal nerve in the low back ( lumbar radiculopathy ), such as from lumbar spinal stenosis , cervical spinal stenosis, herniated disc , and foraminal encroachment, causes back pain that goes down the leg. Epidural injection is also used as a minimally invasive procedure to treat nerve compression in the neck (cervical spine), referred to as cervical radiculopathy , which causes pain.

Pain after steroid injection in back

pain after steroid injection in back

I have some info.  I developed this same ileopsoas tendinitis two weeks after left hip and two weeks after right hip replacement.  The surgeon denied it could be the hip causing this.  He sent me to a rheumatologist and low back surgeon, wasting my money.  He is considered the best surgeon in the state!  He got so frustrated with me.  The pain became so severe I could barely walk.  I was in misery.  Finally, he put cortisone in the trochanter bursa and the pain went away in a couple days.  When the same pain occurred after the second hip, I got the cortisone.  I have also tried cortisone directly into, by ultrasound, the tendon.  That did not work any better than just doing the bursa.  So every three months for five times each hip, I got cortisone.  I went to PT and stretching made the pain severe and debilitating.  I also had several dry needling from the PT which did nothing.  

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