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    Epidural

    after I had rhabdomyolysis in December one doctor sent me to another in a vicious cycle . Finally got xray and mri of my lower back which revealed 5 bulges (L1-L5/s1) , pars defect and some kinda stenosis and a bit of arthritis. I've went to physical therapy and surprisingly was a waste of time.

    Pain mgmt is sending me to get an epidural . I was wondering if its just a band aid/temp fix or if it will help me long term? Will I be able to walk up 3 flights of stairs immediately after ? I rely on lyft to take me places so no worries of driving

    I live in a 3rd floor apartment no elevator only stairs

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    You'll get plenty of relief, but ESI's are for pain management, they're not a cure. I would err on the side of caution with any strenuous activity. enjoy the relief while the docs guide you to a resolution.

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    Epidurals are a short term solution to a long term problem. However they can be really helpful to provide that bandaid while you’re performing your PT.

    I’ve had plenty in my time. Some have given me relief as long as 6 months, others have me questioning whether or not they actually performed a procedure.

    I would look into a different physical therapist as well. I’ve had great ones and ones that I wouldn’t count on to make me a sandwich let alone depend on them for reducing my pain and providing long term relief.

    Dry needling, electric stem, acupuncture and cupping have also aided in providing relief, just have to be consistent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SampsonandDelilah View Post
    Epidurals are a short term solution to a long term problem. However they can be really helpful to provide that bandaid while youíre performing your PT.

    Iíve had plenty in my time. Some have given me relief as long as 6 months, others have me questioning whether or not they actually performed a procedure.

    I would look into a different physical therapist as well. Iíve had great ones and ones that I wouldnít count on to make me a sandwich let alone depend on them for reducing my pain and providing long term relief.

    Dry needling, electric stem, acupuncture and cupping have also aided in providing relief, just have to be consistent.


    Donít abandon ship yet...good luck!
    I read that also, I'm kind of scared. I read they leave a spinal catheter in your back. I don't want nothing staying in there . I got enough problems.

    I don't think physical therapy will help my back . I'm starting physical therapy again for my legs . Apparently I have tight muscles that cause from quads down to cramp up and hurt . I can barely lift my feet off the ground. I got about 18 inches then my left foot bent outward as my ankle popped crazy and my toes curled

    Do they really leave a catheter in your back??


    I cant do cupping because I had rhabdomyolysis and I read it can cause it again. I use my tens unit on my calves n shin and I avoid touching my back at all with anything besides soap


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    Quote Originally Posted by bomb_r2 View Post
    I read that also, I'm kind of scared. I read they leave a spinal catheter in your back. I don't want nothing staying in there . I got enough problems.

    I don't think physical therapy will help my back . I'm starting physical therapy again for my legs . Apparently I have tight muscles that cause from quads down to cramp up and hurt . I can barely lift my feet off the ground. I got about 18 inches then my left foot bent outward as my ankle popped crazy and my toes curled

    Do they really leave a catheter in your back??


    I cant do cupping because I had rhabdomyolysis and I read it can cause it again. I use my tens unit on my calves n shin and I avoid touching my back at all with anything besides soap


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    Never left a spinal catheter in my back, haven’t heard that ever but I’m not an MD. From my experiences though (6 or 7 of them) never have they used or left one

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    Quote Originally Posted by SampsonandDelilah View Post
    Never left a spinal catheter in my back, havenít heard that ever but Iím not an MD. From my experiences though (6 or 7 of them) never have they used or left one
    When was the last time you had one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SampsonandDelilah View Post
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    Oh ok I just wanted to make sure you weren't telling me about experiences before I was born

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    Quote Originally Posted by bomb_r2 View Post
    Oh ok I just wanted to make sure you weren't telling me about experiences before I was born

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    You calling me old?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SampsonandDelilah View Post
    You calling me old?!
    Well you may be . I don't exactly know ya in real life or much from the internet, for all I know you're an evolved frog with long distance internet posting from a different galaxy. Anything is possible

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    Quote Originally Posted by SampsonandDelilah View Post
    You calling me old?!
    Nah, not old. We're just high mileage.
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