Epidural Steroid Injection

Part 2. What is the best back pain treatments-Effects of Spinal Injections

Epidural Steroid Injection

Part 2. What is the best back pain treatments-Effects of Spinal Injections

Warning the information below may contain strong language and reliable content that may not be suitable for younger readers. The information in this content will update and will change when new information is available real case events happened to patients across America.

Part 1, Overview.

Many doctors are going to prescribe Epidural Steroid Injections into the small space between the spinal cord and the vertebral. In some instances, other treatments should be considered first before this harmful or even deadly procedure.

ESI or Epidural Steroid Injection

A good deal of health care facilities, Insurance companies, and expert doctors in the Neurology department recommend other forms of treatment.

The ESI should never be the first treatment option and only when the patient is ready for therapy or as a last course of action. Some doctors haven’t been appropriately trained and just taken a weekend course study on how to perform such a delicate procedure.

The procedure, if done wrong can injure the spinal cord and cause scar tissue, like a skin scratch. When scar tissue, scratches, a puncture from a needle or disease invade the spinal cord.

This injury could lead to a condition called Arachnoiditis, which could cause fungus in the spinal cord or fungal meningitis and other serious health issues.

Arachnoid is the vital spinal cord nerves membranes that surround and protect the spinal cord. When infected by a scratch or fungus it causes Arachnoiditis. Today Arachnoiditis is a disease that has no cure.

Other experts advise people should get this procedure performed by a specialist or in a hospital. A clean environment is essential to decrease the unwanted germs or fungus.

Moreover, properly scrub areas of the injection site is vital to prevent tainted skin from entering the area of the spinal cord.

Dangers of Epidural Steroid Injections.

Let’s take a look at the history where it started and where is going. Today the FDA has not approved this procedure. How did the Epidural Steroid Injections off-label start?

The FDA approved ESI use for other treatments of muscle disorder and joint inflammation. Doctors started experimenting with the Epidural use on their patients which is the off-label use of the drugs. If patients have complications, adverse reactions or suffer from injury or death, doctors don’t have to report this information to the FDA.

There will be no investigation by the medical examiner or coroner’s office. Anytime a person suffers death or foul play outside of a hospital and not under a doctors care.

The Medical examiner or coroner’s office will take custody of the body and prepare the body for an Autopsy. The Medical examiner then will determine the cause of death in their autopsy report and notify the proper authorities.

Doctors are not informing patients schedule for ESI about the steroid inserts, which clearly states some adverse conditions could arise – such as injuries and or death.

Hospital Doctors

The damage and deaths are said to be in epidemic proportion unknown how many cases have been unreported. The use is only for muscle and joint relief from inflammation but never was approved by the FDA for epidural.

Off-label use of the drug Depo-Medrol, when shipped with inserts a warning that reads. “intrathecal use (inside the spinal cord) is contraindicated, and epidural use (outside the spinal cord), is not,”

The FDA cited With the use of ESI the drug would cause a potential risk and harm to a patient. In both cases of intrathecal use and epidural use hold severe reactions including;

Arachnoiditis, headaches, bladder and bowel dysfunctions, meningitis, seizures, (paraparesis) partial paralysis of the lower limbs, paraplegia, and immune, sensory disturbances. The severe medical events are death from any wrong needle placement.

The FDA will not approve Drug products that will harm a patient.

  • In 1963, The Upjohn Company applied for FDA approval for its Depo-Medrol (Intrathecal) Injecting deeper in the spine. When this happens its called the INTRATHECAL Administration-is the route of administration for the drug injection into the spinal canal.


  • In 1969, Upjohn withdrew its request from the FDA for Depo-Medrol application the use could cause harm to a patient.


  • In 1982, Upjohn applied to the Australian Government to inject outside the spinal cord, called (Epidural) application deny in 1983.


  • From 1994 to 2001, the number of Epidural Steroid Injection climbed to 271%


  • Around 2003, Pfizer brought Upjohn Company and owned the right to Depo-Medrol.


  • In 2009, FDA asked for an investigation into ESI, no answer as yet.


  • In 2010, A jury award K. Remey of Florida $36 million when she had a complication from ESI cause arm and hand paralysis.


  • In 2011, Another Steroid KENALOG made by Bristol-Meyers Squibb submitted new stronger warnings in its inserts.


  • In 2012, NECC shipped contaminated steroids medicine to 23 states killing 50 people and injuring over 700. Steroid medicine was tainted with a mold fungus causing a widespread fungal meningitis outbreak. It’s also believed that 17,000 vials shipped across the U.S. Michigan reported the most cases to the CDC, 14 deaths and 225 cases in Michigan the most out of all states. Also, over 1,800 people infected with a secondary infection from the injections site.



  • In 2013, Experts discussed ways to stop ESI use, explores testing options and improve other treatment options available.

Youtube video from the Dr. Oz show.

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Today, where do we stand and who will stand for us.

Lady Liberty with her back turned

Special thanks, to the following for their support and help in keeping us safe and out of harm’s way.

Dr. Joseph Mannella, from the Disc Institute, a group of dedicated doctors rejects any ESI use. – 5 Reasons why you should avoid Epidural Injections in your Spine.

Dr. Oz T.V. hosting doctor rejects ESI use and recommends other less evasive treatment options.

Boston Herald – exclusive report on 2012, meningitis outbreak.

Elisabeth Leamy – In-Depth Investigative reporter

Part 3. To be continued,

The Pain Treatments recommended by Doctors.


If you have comment and questions, please leave them below. If you suffered as mentioned, above we would love to hear from you, or if you know anyone who has lost a loved one from the outbreak, please let us know.


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6 thoughts on “Part 2. What is the best back pain treatments-Effects of Spinal Injections

  1. Hello I love this article
    I have psoriasis rheumatism and I went to the doctor out of pain in the back, he gave me Spinal Epidural Injections in my back,
    On my way home I read the side effects, OMG I would never have done this if I had known how many and serious side effects this has
    4 or 5 a4 sheets full of serious side effects, It’s been 3 months since and I hope I’ve escaped, my advice to others is DO NOT DO THIS before you read the package leaflet.

    1. Hello Salomon, Thank you for visiting.

      I’m sorry to hear about your psoriasis rheumatism and I hope they can give you much-needed pain relief. If you went at least 3 months with no issues you can be out of harm’s way. Most side effects happen right away with some patients but you should have relief for up to a year or better.

      Some have reported, now the important issue is Neurologist and Scientist are still studying cures for cancer and type 2 diabetes and they are using vitamin D. Next time you see your doctor have him check that for you.

      It’s known now that vitamin D can stop the inflammation pain in most ailments.

      Thanks again for visiting and I hope you find quick relief and healing soon,


  2. That was a good read. I had an Epidural at childbirth and for years I felt a sensitive sensation on my back in that spot where I was given the injection. At that time I wasn’t aware of the side effects of epidural and I didn’t even think much of it. But now I know better! It is quite scary that doctors are not trained enough before they give epidurals to patients

    1. Hello Priya, thank you for visiting.

      I really appreciate hearing your story. You know at childbirth was the first Epidural were for that reason only. At that time your Epidural the Anesthesiologist should have been well certified to give that Epidural in a hospital setting without complications. I would suggest monitoring that sensitive area and if it starts getting worse to see your doctor and explain what is happening in that area as a precaution.

      I hope you feel better and that area heal soon thanks again for visiting,


  3. Hello
    Thanks for sharing such a critical information.
    After reading your article, I feel a chill down my spine.
    I will surely avoid Spinal Epidural Injections at the initial stages (I pray I don’t have to go through any back problems at first).
    Thanks again

    1. Hi Huzefa, thank you for visiting,

      Your welcome this information needs to be out to keep everyone safe and out of harm’s way. I had the same reaction down my spine when I found this information.
      I hope many more people would realize the serious nature and implications the procedure carries. I wish we all didn’t have to face back problems it just an annoyance.

      Thank again for visiting,


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