We all know how pain in the back can make our life harder. Even after all you had tried, with medication, yoga and other exercises, you still can’t seem to get rid of this pain. In this situation, many people search other ways of getting help. A lot of people start using the steroid injection. But what they don’t know is that this practice can be dangerous.
In many forums we can read opinions about many things. One woman, who tried using steroid injection for her pain in the lumbar spine, said that once she used steroid injection the pain was worst. She said that she has a new scale for pain now. She also said that that was the worst pain she had ever experienced. She said that she passed away from the pain and her blood pressure had dropped to 78/52.
More people who had received steroid injections for pain in the back had said similar things about their experience.
What is important to know in these situations is to understand the way Epidural Steroid Injections affect our bodies.
The way these treatment works is when the steroid is injected in the epidural space. This Injection is composed of:
- Steroid, an anti-inflammatory ingredient
- Lidocaine, an anesthetic
- Saline, has the function to dilute the anesthetic
The function of this mixture is the anti-inflammatory effect. This effect can last for a few days to a few mounts.
It is very important to know that the epidural space is very delicate. This means that this can be very dangerous. FDA had warned everyone that uses this practice. This practice can lead to many problems like: strokes, paralysis, and even death.
Even though, these ESIs maybe aren’t the most natural treatment, in many cases they had helped.
Many studies have shown that this treatment has been effective for people that suffer from sciatica pain. Moreover, another research has shown that patients with lumbar spinal stenosis and sciatica pain also had felt less pain.
This means that even though many people had had bad experience with ESIs, a lot of them have felt pain relief after using this treatment. Anyways, before you agree to do this you should talk to your doctor and see if that is your best option.