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Need Help w/ Thoracic ESI side effects and should I do a 2nd one?

Well Wednesday 8/5/09 I had my first Thoracic ESI (epidural steroid injection).  I have had a whopper of a headache since then...I have felt weird overall and even got so nauseous that I threw up on saturday.  (Maybe I was just too active...I don't know).  I called the Doctor's office that did the procedure and they don't think my headache is related.  They want to do the 2nd injection and maybe just use less steroids and that I should take zyrtec (which I already take daily).  They don't seem too concerned overall about how I feel and suggested that I talk to the Doc at my next procedure.  I want to cry..ok I did cry...I am sooo frustrated...  They asked if my headache gets better when laying down...I'm not sure actually....I guess I'll have to keep better track...  Has anyone else out there experienced this after an ESI?  Would you do the 2nd one?  I need help!!!  (Also, my discs are herniated at T6-T7 & T7-T8 and the ESI was done at like the T11-T12 area...why is that?  They also had no explanation at the doc's office either...)  So where I hurt still hurts and actually is worse....UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Thanks for any help!!!!
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Hi Stacie,

I have had steroid injections into my SIJ with little releif. I had two and would not have another. However my brother had three ESI's in the lumbar spine with great results. It has been almost 2 years and he sill is feeling fairly well.

So everyone is different. If you feel you are having a lot of issues and no pain releif following the ESI I might think twice about another. I have heard that if one is not effective a second on will not be any more effective. But again I think we all are different.

Your health care providers must be willing to discuss this with you. Insist upon it and be assertive. Its your body.

Hopefully others will post with their experiences and suggestions. I wish you luck with your decision. We are here to support you in what every you decide.

Take Care,
Tuck
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