An epidural steroid injection places this powerful anti-inflammatory medication directly around the spinal nerves. Traditionally epidural injections were administered without any special equipment, by inserting the needle by feel in the area around the spinal nerves. More recently epidural injections have been administered with the aid of imaging tools to allow your physician to see the needle going to the proper location. Either real-time x-ray called fluoroscopy, or CT scan can be used to 'watch' the needle deliver the medication to the proper location.
I never had any symptoms until one night I had a bad stomach ache . I went to the emergency room and had a CT and ultrasound done and found a 5 cm tumor in colon. I had a colonoscopy the next day and found out I had stage 3 colon cancer . Only 22 and I found out I had the same thing my mom died of. Now I am doing chemotherapy using oxaliplatin and Xeloda . I had the mass removed through surgery. I still have swollen lymph nodes that could be from surgery or live cancer cells. It has only been a month and a half since I found out.
In the past 6 months my right knee is giving me fits. The pain in on the inside of the joint and begins to hurt after only a small amount of walking. It also appears that walking downhill is worse than up. I have used ointments and heating wraps and leg supports and all work a little but just temporary. I do have some stiffness in the morning and on and off during the day. I am 75 years old and somewhat over weight. I came to you about a year ago with my right hip giving me trouble. I stopped jogging and went to walking as an exercise. The hip stopped hurting but now transferred to my knee. I did physical therapy on my hip which helped my range of movement as there was a remarkable difference in the range of my right to my left. Would the 6 month shot stop this pain or do I need a knee replacement?