There has been no prior regular surveillance for adverse events following epidural steroid injections; however, infection is a known, although likely rare, risk that has been documented in the medical literature. Although CDC has received reports of illness in patients who have received the medications listed in the table above, including some patients who had evidence of meningeal inflammation, CDC and public health officials have no reports of laboratory-confirmed bacterial or fungal meningitis, spinal, or paraspinal infections caused by these products. The available epidemiological and laboratory data do not, at this time, support evidence of an outbreak of infections linked to usage of non-methylprednisolone NECC products.
I agree with MWmelbourne about the chiropractor. My first surgery was caused by an ER doctor who was trained as an osteopath. My back was hurting, and instead of doing x-rays first, he did an "adjustment", whereby he twisted me into a pretzel and came down on top of my with all 275 pounds of his weight. My back "cracked" alright. Within 30 minutes I couldn't walk, was crying in pain, and was flat on my back for 6 days before I could get into an ortho. My husband had to carry me back and forth to the bathroom. My advice is to STAY AWAY and stick with the ortho or neurosurgeons. I was also told to try Lidocaine patches on my back and they were the biggest waste of money I've ever seen.
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?