Most studies show that this treatment help relieve pain in at least half (50%) of the patients treated. The degree and duration of pain relief are variable and depend on many factors, including the underlying diagnosis or condition being treated, duration or symptoms before treatment, and whether previous back or neck surgery has been performed. Several conditions that may improve with epidurals include but are not limited to: chronic neck pain, chronic back pain, sciatica, pinched nerves, headache from cervical spine disease, bulging or herniated discs, failed back surgery, shingles or post-herpetic neuralgia, lumbar thoracic and cervical radiculopathy.
(J Clark Baird) Yes, I do expect so. Administrative agencies are subject to the institutional phenomena of expansion of their jurisdictional authority. Agencies want to regulate more areas to justify increases in their budget requests and to insure their jobs and their importance in Washington. The FDA has dramatically increased the size of their Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) over the past decade, which has led to more
steroid-related busts on the national level. Same with the DEA: the more steroids they can seize, the larger a budget they will get.