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Maggie's Epidural Story - Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection - Epidural
I had a Lumbar epidural steroid
injection at L5-S1 in July 2009. I already was having headaches etc on
account of a fractured pelvis and ruptured disc,but about two weeks
AFTER the epidural, my headaches got worse and I got roaringly-loud
Tinnitus. The headaches are now less than they were and intermittent,
but the Tinnitus is blaring like the world's loudest smoke alarm right
inside my brain. I kept getting told that there's no cure, there's no
answer, but I finally decided to not give up and researched online and
realized that it's likely a CSF leak since it all started two weeks
after that epidural.
I was offered a blood patch last spring, but I wanted imaging first, and
the neuro I was seeing at the time quit and moved and it took 4 months
to get another appointment with a new one last week. I finally am
getting sent to get an MRI-myelogram (without contrast dye). The first
Neuro referred me for an MRI with contrast, but I declined because I
wanted the MRM (without injections, duh). They really just don't get it
I will be asking for a second opinion regardless of the outcome, I want
to get referred to someone who knows more than I do which is NOT the
case with any of the local MDs I've seen --- don't they know how to do
I am in Western Massachusetts, feeling lost but with a smidgen of new
hope. I am supposed to get an apointment for the MRI (I asked for the
heavily t2-weighted / myelogram series) this week.
I am mother of seven (all-natural births) --- I trashed my pelvis and
spine (and neck, arm, leg etc lol) in a bicycle accident 2 years
ago... crazy that I did seven childbirths and then got an epidural... I
was in so much pain at the time I was desperate and just didn't care
about the risks, it was seven months after my accident at the time I was
still in suicidally-bad pain... I had never really learned about the
dangers of epidurals with childbirth because I was into doing it all
naturally. Live and learn! When I first got these extra symptoms (that
started two weeks after my epidural), I also had post-menopausal
bleeding and they treated me like I was just hysterical crazy person.
- Maggie age 52 brain ringing like a smoke alarm louder than airplane
engines 24 hours a day for 1.5+ years!!! just a moderate
headache that doesn't even go away when I lie down anymore. ugh. Nausea
is still bad but only tossing a couple times a month now. Overall, it's
improved maybe 10-15 percent total from the day it started.
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