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Took epidural injection in L5S1, hit the spinal cord nerve, burning down left leg, tingling, weakness. What's happening ?

Hi I have numerous back issues and back on Dec. 19 2012 I received an epidural injection in my l 5 s 1. During the procedure the doc. hit my spinal cord nerve with the needle causing a burning and electrical like feeling down my left leg sending it straight up. He apologized over and over, but now my symptoms are horrible. Weakness while walking in left leg, tingling and burning in foot and pain in left hip and left side back. Also I get tingling up my spine and sometimes sending it into head aches and bad neck pain? What is going on?
Asked On : Mon, 21 Jan 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

At L5-S1, the chance of hitting the spinal cord is nil, as the spinal cord ends at the lower border of L1.

So, the doctor most likely hit one of the nerves that originate from the lower spinal cord. All the symptoms can be explained on that basis.

For relief, you could take medications such as gabapentin or pregabalin.

Wishing you good health,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Answered: Tue, 22 Jan 2013
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