I knew that the epidural injections I got before surgery were worthless. My insurance company forced me to get them twice (and pay half) before they would authorize further treatment. I suffered through them and then got the surgery that has made my back feel 500% better. I can go for days without any sciatic or disc related pain. The only constant pain I have now is in the epidural site, about 2 inches above the surgical incision. That hurts like a m-----f-----.
This pisses me off to no end. Why is this barbaric useless procedure being imposed on people in such desperate need for relief that they will consider an injection into their spines?
If you are seeing a physician for your back pain and they recommend these injections, please show them this article.
I have found it helpful to do the stretching exercises my physical therapist recommends. Do some core strengthening exercises, such as the ones highlighted at The Mayo Clinic. By keeping your core strong, your back won't put itself in a position to cause that sciatica pain you are having.