that have suffered with back pain and had the epidural injections. I have heard so many opinions from docs and nurses that have only read about them in a text book. First of all, how much relief should a person expect if they are 'working'? I had a series of 3 a year ago, the treating dr insisted on 3 tho they weren't working well or for long. Now my PM suggested I do them again cuz pain is worse, and I don't want to increase meds if I can help it. I had one done last Monday. By Wed I felt better than I did before the accident 9 years ago. I got alot accomplished and PM even told me to pace myself. On Thurs I went for refil on my oxycodone, and the pharmacy can't get it now, so PM swithched me to methadone. By Friday I was elated, not a pain anywhere and busting with energy. By Sunday evening I was starting to hurt again, and had to lay with my heat pad, I usually do that at least 3-4 times a day, and move in slow motion just trying to get anything accomplished. I should add that I am bipolar, too. Not sure if this is part of what is going on. Anyway, the office where I had the injection called Mon, wanting to know how I was doing. I told them I really enjoyed the 4 days of freedom, but as before, the pain had returned in my spine not as bad as b-4 but the sciatic was still gone. It was explained that this is an accumulative thing, that we can't inject all the medicine at once, it needs to build, so she would talk to doc about setting up the next one. Then I got a call from another nurse said doc doesn't want do do anymore if it is not working, I need to talk to surgeon again. This surgeon turned me away a year ago. Besides the only cutting will be at my autopsy! ANYWAY, I am feeling better, so if this is accumulative, wouldn't another one be even better, or is it the methadone, or is it my mood with spring almost here and I'm cycling with my bipolar? Am I hurting again because I did so much or because the initial pain reliver in the epidural wore off? Why would I want to do surgery if I am feeling better and I was turned away before because I am not a good cantidate? I'm not great, but sure not ready to take a chance of failed surgery! Oh. and I haven't cried once since last Tuesday when I had the injection!!!! What do you guys think is going on and what would you do? :)Julie
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