Cervical Epidural Steroid Injections(CESI) are used mainly in the treatment of cervical radiculitis and radiculopathy caused by a herniated disk, degenative disk diease, neck pain and headache arising from the cervical spine. CESI are used only after conservative therapies have failed which include avoiding aggravating activities, NSAIDS and physical therapy. Narcotic analgesics may also be prescribed for pain that remains persistent. If after four to six weeks of conservative therapies there is no improvement a CESI may be performed. By depositing steroid into the cervical epidural space where spinal nerves pass directly inflammation is reduced causing a reduction in pain.
I am also a victim of Arachnoiditis. I was given a series of three epidurals to treat my Degenerative Disc Disease in 2005. All Injections were done without x-ray. In 1993 I had a Laminectomy from a ruptured disc in my L4-L5, Lumbar spine. I had 10 years worth of scar tissue they were trying to stick those needles through. The first one was done, in their office, with me laying on my side, on their table. It was very painful and that night I ended up in the ER because the pain was unbearable. The next two were done in the surgery center next to their office. Still they were done with no x-ray. I was unaware of these procedures back then. The 3rd injection was the one that I believe my dura was punctured. The Doc, was having a terrible time getting thru the scar tissue, how could he even know where that needle was positioned after moving around trying to find a spot to get through the scar tissue. Only if I knew at that time, that these should have been done with x-ray, I wouldn’t have this devastating disease. Arachnoiditis, is so very cruel, very painful, it totally changes your whole life, Including Relationships. I have lived with this for 7 yrs now, and have many changes in my body. This is going to increase with time. The Pain Doc, that diagnosed me with MRI, said they would keep me out of a wheelchair as long as they could. I have this horrible future facing me. I try not to let it get to me, but some days are hard, when the pain is so unbearable. My wish is that some research is done, and something can be done to stop this disease from progressing. I know we cannot be cured. I pray that this disease is finally noticed and no one else has to suffer from it.