Are there any side effects to having an epidural steroid injection in my back?

As with all procedures, there are some risks to epidural steroid injections. This is really an issue you should discuss with your physician before consenting to the injections.

Some possible problems are pain (from the injection), infection, worsening of symptoms, and nerve damage. Some patients experience a headache after the procedure.

Suzanne Novak, MD, PhD, and William C. Nemeth, MD. The Basis for Recommending Repeating Epidural Steroid Injections for Radicular Low Back Pain: A Literature Review. In Archives of Phys Medicine & Rehabilitation. March 2008. Vol. 89. Issue 3. Pp. 543-552.

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