I had an epidural steroid injection about 25 years ago and it was absolute torture. I screamed out in pain, couldn't breathe, and passed out. I walked out a few hours later and the next day I couldn't walk at all. I am sure I was hurt by the injection because I lost use of my bowels too and had to have immediate surgery. Of course no doctor would ever admit to making a mistake. I refuse injections, and my doctors get mad because I tell them offering an injection is not a treatment I am willing to risk my life for. Also, treatment option means choices, not one thing that I have had serious issues with. Doctors could care less about hurting patients so try to figure it out on your own.
Epidural steroid injections are generally very safe, but there are some rare potential complications. One of the most common risks is for the needle to go too deep and cause a hole in the dura, the tissue that surrounds the spinal cord and nerve roots. When this occurs spinal fluid can leak out through the hole and cause a headache . This headache can be treated with bedrest, or with a blood patch. A blood patch involves drawing some blood from the vein and the injecting it over the hole in the dura. The blood forms a seal over the hole and prevents any further fluid from leaking out.