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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Glad to help. My only recommendations are:

- If your doc is not going to knock you out, find one that will.

- Fill out all of the paperwork honestly, especially the part about allergies.

- They will tell you not to eat after a certain time the night before.

- Try to take a dump first thing in the morning before you go. You will thank yourself later.

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I have had three.....going back in a little while for more. The three I have had they numb the area, the first two were done with no problems. The last one was done with a guy who was new at it.....he bent two needles and it really hurt, I almost vomitted. The next ones I am going for the Doc said he will be doing sitting up......that will be different.....It depends on a lot of stuff. How much pain tolerance do you have? How much experience the Doc has, etc.

Good Luck....if you want more of my experiences pm me your number.

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:o I am shedule to get a L5-S1 epidural steroid injection. Anyone out there has ever taken one? How was it, did it hurt, how long does the shot takes?

babyray

With cervical and lumbar problems, I've had around 20 or so steroid injections. I try not to keep a count anymore. I know that a good Dr. should do everything reasonable conservatively speaking to hopefully avoid putting a knife to your back, but I do think, due to my experiences, that the shots are used as a formality, thus helping pay the country club dues. I have had one session that I was fully awake and did not even know she had started the shot. I knew it the next day though. Ive had a couple that were a little painful but nothing compared to the pain I was already having from my disc. It does make a difference in who or how experienced the person is. Ask your refering Dr. who he would go to if it was him getting the shot. The whole process is about an hour, the actual shot is usually less than 5 minutes.

Hope this helps,

Blackbird

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I have had three.....going back in a little while for more. The three I have had they numb the area, the first two were done with no problems. The last one was done with a guy who was new at it.....he bent two needles and it really hurt, I almost vomitted. The next ones I am going for the Doc said he will be doing sitting up......that will be different.....It depends on a lot of stuff. How much pain tolerance do you have? How much experience the Doc has, etc.

Good Luck....if you want more of my experiences pm me your number.

My doctor is reccomending this epidural for me also and I am wondering if your doctors started you off with any pain meds first. My doctor has mentioned nothing about pain medication just straight to the epidural steroids. This seems odd to me. Any thoughts on this anyone?

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