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I'm not entirely sure we're talking about the same thing. I hear so many different terms - steroid injection, epidual, facet block, etc.

My first and second injections were about 18 months apart. The first one helped. The second one, this past January, actually made my pain worse. I couldn't believe it. I was told basically the same thing you heard, that the injection, rather than calming the inflamed tissue, had instead further irritated the nerve roots.

Those first two were actual injections, where they stuck a needle into my neck. In March, I had another injection done at a different facility. They ran a catheter through my upper back up into the neck and then squirted the steroid cocktail into the inflamed area. That one gave me some relief.

When I talked to the doctor there about the needle injections, he acted as though I'd been dealing with cavemen.

So, I really don't know if the procedure made the difference, or if it was just a coincidence of timing or whatever, but perhaps you might discuss options with the pain doc or your PCP.

Are you considering surgery?

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