Do Steroid Injections Effectively Break Up Scar Tissue And Ease Pain?See how a disc degenerates winstrol nausea how injedtions can cause pain and other symptoms. I am a new member, but I have been finding answers and help for my issues for over a year, so grateful for other people's insights and shared experiences. I have unfortunately, not been able to find answers for my newest issue, and I decided to become a member to see if I can find advice from those who may have had similar issues. My orthopedic surgeon looked at my MRI and wanted to operate immediately. Cortisone injections for scar tissue returned to work after 3 weeks.
Cortisone Injections for Scar Tissue - Lower Back Pain
See how a disc degenerates and how it can cause pain and other symptoms. I am a new member, but I have been finding answers and help for my issues for over a year, so grateful for other people's insights and shared experiences. I have unfortunately, not been able to find answers for my newest issue, and I decided to become a member to see if I can find advice from those who may have had similar issues.
My orthopedic surgeon looked at my MRI and wanted to operate immediately. I returned to work after 3 weeks. A few short weeks later, I felt the all too familiar leg pain, and returned to the surgeon. I had surgery again in September of Things have been going well until about 1 month ago. My leg pain has returned and is now in both legs.
My recent MRI shows there is scar tissue wrapping around my spinal nerve he cannot actually see the images yet, just got the report from the radiologist. My surgeon set me up with his colleague for a cortisone injection. When making the appointment, I asked if this would help with the pain I am having, and the PA told me "its like a band aid- it will help for a little while".
This seems like a waste of time to me. I am feeling pretty hopeless right now. Should I seek a 2nd opinion with a neurosurgeon? Will cortisone injections work at all? I am so tired of being in pain. I can't speak from personal experience with cortisone, but my brother had it done in his shoulder and he's pleased with the results, but on the other hand a friend of mine had it done for a collapsed disc and he screamed so loud that the doctor ran out on him, and the benefits only lasted for 3 days.
I also have an uncle who gets cortisone in his back twice a year and he's good to go, so it's kinda hit and miss, it may help You, it may not, but it is far less invasive than surgery, so you don't have much to lose by trying it. I agree with badbackjack, it may help, it may not, everyone is different. Just like any other injections, some work, some don't. I have never had injections for scar tissue but I have had different injections over the years and only a couple has slightly worked.
It's also not going to hurt to get a second opinion. You need to be comfortable with any decision you make, even surgery or injections. Please click on the Welcome link below for more information. Welcome to Spine Health. In my opinion if surgery is properly done then should not be immediately followed by second one, then third one, then fusion and so on. I am also in the unfortunate group who have had a re-herniation a short time after a discectomy, followed by issues with pain from scar tissue.
In my case my first re-herniation was the day after my first surgery first surgery on Monday, second surgery on Thursday and then re-herniated about 4 weeks after that third surgery about 8 weeks after first surgery. I finally had a fusion 7 months after the first surgery to stop all the re-herniations. I also ended up with lots of scar tissue, although they said mine was 'adhered to the nerve roots' so that as I move, the nerve roots do not move around like they should as they are tethered down by the scar tissue which causes pain.
The only relief I have ever gotten was the couple of hours due to the lidocaine or other local anesthetic mixed in with steroid injection. I have also tried Epidural Lysis of Adhesions, which also did not work. This is where they go in just above the buttocks, at a shallow angle along the epidural space guided by flouroscopy imaging , with a catheter and try and break up the scar tissue, both mechanically with the tip of the catheter as well as by injecting hypertonic saline, hyaluronidase and steroids.
The problem with scar tissue is that any surgery to try and remove it will usually just end up with more scar tissue. These things are not cures, just short term relief and only you will be able to make the call on whether the quality and length of the pain relief if any is worth it. But, fingers crossed that steroids work for you and you get some longer term results from them! There right its like a band aid it only last so long. That was that was 14 years ago. I did go threw 2 dr.
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There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice. This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test The main site has all the formal medical articles and videos for you to research on. SusansBack Welcome to Spine-Health I agree with badbackjack, it may help, it may not, everyone is different. Hi Susan, I am also in the unfortunate group who have had a re-herniation a short time after a discectomy, followed by issues with pain from scar tissue.
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