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tlh509

Joined: 08/14/2013
My Story:
had a bad back for years, runs in the family, along with arthritis. Diagnosed with DDD years ago, things came to a head with back pain this year after dealing with a huge change in the amount of pain, so had an mri done which revealed a protruding or herniated disc. Went to my Neuro Surgeon a few weeks back and he said I would not need back surgery, but would recommend an epidural steroid shot. He also said that about 80% of herniated discs go away by themselves and that I would not have any ill efects with the epidural. I had that done weeks ago and it has allowed me to do alot more things that I was not able to do anymore before the shot. Mainly, standing, walking and some exercising. So very grateful for the shot. Approach things now cautiously regarding anything related to the back, and certainly not overdoing anything from here on out!

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Reply: Hey Everyone - Just an Update~~
Dave, you too and your wife hang in there the best you can. Will be in my thoughts too. Tom
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Reply: Hey Everyone - Just an Update~~
Hang in there Joy. You have got my support too. Take care. Tom
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day 10 since epidural
Today I filled out my last entry at the 10 day pain diary. Overall I feel like between...More
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Now at the one week point of first epidural
At the first week period I would say the pain level is down, its is improved. I am still...More
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Reply: Had my first epidural yesterday
I would say day two yesterday but more of a sore day. I did manage some stationary bike...More
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Reply: Had my first epidural yesterday
Thank you. I will!
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Had my first epidural yesterday
Well I really thought the procedure and experience wasn't so bad. I could not have been any...More
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Reply: Getting epidural today and...
Thank you Susie. I have been doing back exercises several times daily, and some walking when...More
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Getting epidural today and...
just wondering, if others who have had it, does it normaly take a couple of days to kick in,...More
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