Epidural Steroid Injections

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS & POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF EPIDURAL STEROIDS INJECTIONS.

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
  •  anxiety
  •  sleeplessness
  •  fever, mostly the night of injection
  •  high blood sugar
  •  stomach ulcers
  •  cataracts
  • severe arthritis of the hips (avascular necrosis)https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/epidural/side-effects/

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