POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- Bleeding. Bleeding is more common for patients with underlying bleeding disorder.
- Dural puncture (‘wet tap’). Epidural steroid injections may cause a post-dural puncture headache (also called a spinal headache) that usually improves within a few days.
- Infection. Infection is usually caused by foreign body (injection) penetrating the skin.
- Nerve damage. While extremely rare, nerve damage can occur from direct trauma from the needle or from infection or bleeding.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:
- localised increase in pain
- non-positional headaches resolving within 24 hours
- facial flushing
- fever, mostly the night of injection
- high blood sugar
- stomach ulcers
- severe arthritis of the hips (avascular necrosis)https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/epidural/side-effects/