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Epidural Steroid Injection Discharge Instructions
Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, Caudal Transforaminal, Selective nerve root block.
- You may experience increased discomfort for 24 hours after the injection.
- Limited activity and rest is recommended for this time period.
- You may gradually resume regular activities as your discomfort subsides.
- Do not drive or operate machinery for 12 hours.
- You will need a responsible adult with you for the next 4-6 hours.
- You may remove the Band-Aid tonight unless you have had a cervical injection in which case you may remove it in the morning. Lidoderm patch may stay on 12-24 hours as long as kept dry.
- Steroid medications take 2-5 days to become effective; therefore, you may not experience immediate pain relief.
- If you are a diabetic, the steroid may increase your blood sugar for 7-14 days. Should your blood sugar increase, please call the physician that manages your diabetes.
- If you are taking blood thinners, you may resume it 12 hours after your procedure.
Notify the Southeast Pain Management Center if any of the following occurs:
- Discomfort that becomes severe and/or interferes with normal movement or feeling.
- Signs of infection at injection site, which may include warmth, redness, swelling, foul odor and drainage.
- Increase in temperature above 100.5 degrees orally.
- Excessive bleeding from injection site.
- New changes in sensation or motor function such as new areas of numbness, weakness, or changes in bowel or bladder function.
Southeast Pain Management Center
- 334-793-8196 or Toll Free at 800-248-7051
- Hours of operation 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday