Radiculopathy occurs when something irritates a spinal nerve—say a “slipped disc” causing a pinched nerve. This is also called sciatica . There are resident stem and other cells in the local tissues everywhere in our body. Many live around blood vessels. These are obviously also present in the disc and nerves in the epidural space and they usually play an important role in suppressing inflammation and repairing damage. We know, based on a copious in vitro (lab) data, that the high-dose steroids used in epidural injections can kill these cells. So the progression of the series of epidural steroid injections looks a little something like this:
I had my epidural steroid injection done a week ago. I did not start to experience any relief in my lumbar region until yesterday. The only issue I have now since the shot is kind of a heaviness in my chest and a cough. I know it is from the shot because I did not have this issue until I got the shot. I thought at first that it was a bad heart burn but after a couple of days realized it was attributed to the shot. It is a little better as time has gone by but it still lingers and bothers me. Otherwise, my leg pain is much better. I still have the back pain but I think it is also a little better.
I found out at 17 weeks that i had a huge aneurysm in my heart and if I stayed pregnant, the baby would be premature. We kept the baby and so at 24 weeks they gave me the betamethasone in case I had to have the baby before 28 weeks. At 27 weeks I went into the hospital for monitoring so at 28 weeks I got a booster of the shots. at 28 weeks 2 days they discovered that my aorta had a tear in it, so I had an emergency csection (and heart surgery at the same time). My son is now 13 days old and was only briefly on a ventilator (until they realized he was out performing it). So he's been breathing on his own since birth. I'd say go for the shots.