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    Default Chronic Pain After Epidural Injection

    My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: California

    I've been seeing a Orthopedic surgeon through workers comp because of a herniated disc. Physical therapy didn't work, so he sent me to see a anesthesiologist to get a epidural injection. Ever since then I have been in chronic pain. I went from pain levels of 3-7 every 3 days or so, to a constent 5-7. Now everywhere I go I am treated like a drug addict, but I really am in chronic pain. I do have an attorney, but she specializes in workers comp. Could I have a malpractice case or any other?

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    Default Re: Chronic Pain After Epidural Injection

    Which of your doctors relate your reports of chronic pain to your epidural?

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    Default Re: Chronic Pain After Epidural Injection

    Women that give vaginal birth have epidurals and claim to have pain from 2 to 9 months and it's not unheard of to have pain in the injection site for 2 years and even longer. No you cannot sue.

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    Default Re: Chronic Pain After Epidural Injection

    One possibility is that, having received an effective epidural, you over-exerted yourself and aggravated your underlying injury. Another is that your condition is caused in part by degenerative disc disease and that you're attributing the natural progression of your condition to the epidural. It's difficult to imagine how an epidural would cause the symptoms you describe, and if they did it's difficult to imagine that you wouldn't have had an immediate epidural headache from the needle penetrating the dura.

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