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    Caudal Epidural - Anyone know how much they cost private?

    Hi all

    Bit of a weird one. I have had a good look on google, but can't find out how much a Caudal Epidural would cost privately and where it could be done in southeast England. Can anyone steer me in the right direction. NHS is 4-6 weeks but I can't afford the time off work and want to get some effective pain relief for Sciatica (prolapsed disc). The consultant doesn't want to operate before trying this first.

    If anyone could help I would be very grateful!

    Thanks

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    If it's something the Nuffield can do they will usually give you a price if you ring them.
    nuffieldhealth.com/Ind…ay/

    To be fair 4/6 weeks is not too bad, I waited about 3 for mine. Even going private you will probably have to wait about the same. As to cost I'm sure it will be quite a bit. the procedure takes about an hour + and the cost of a surgeon also a radiographer.

    Banned

    Hello Foxy,
    Just ran this by my fiancee (who's a nurse) and I was surprised by her response to suggest acupuncture?

    these will give you a quote online i think
    http://www.privatehealth.co.uk/private-operations/pain-management/caudal-epidural-and-possible-epidurogram/

    Ive had this done twice now i think, great pain relief mine lasted 3 months the first time and only weeks the second time. I felt like i could run the marathon lol

    BTW, mine didn't work, I was told it probably would'nt as I have a lot of scar tissue from spinal surgery.

    Original Poster

    Thanks all. Been on painkiller for a month now and I still cannot sit down due to the pain, so have to think of other methods to deal with it. I've seen a consultant privately, had the MRI and seen an NHS consultant. Both consultants recommended this procedure so just need to organise it. My employer has a corporate healthcare scheme where they will pay up to £1500 for diagnosis and outpatient procedures. Im up to about £550 so far!

    You would be better off going to see a physio/chiropractor as a good regime of exercise may actually cure your back issues but a caudal epidural is a temporary pain killer that may not work.
    Edited by: "Tenacioust123" 28th Jan 2011

    Original Poster

    The consultant told me that the steroids in the epidural will help reduce the inflammation and help with the pain. That will allow me to got on with everyday life which should help the disc go back on its own.

    My dad had really bad sciatica when I was a kid, and nothing helped him, until he had his op back in 98. For sitting down how ever I would reccomend one of those kneeling chairs, as that was all he could use for years, and worked really well for him. My folks still use them for the chairs for the computer room, as they are better for the spine.

    Original Poster

    Kitten13

    My dad had really bad sciatica when I was a kid, and nothing helped him, … My dad had really bad sciatica when I was a kid, and nothing helped him, until he had his op back in 98. For sitting down how ever I would reccomend one of those kneeling chairs, as that was all he could use for years, and worked really well for him. My folks still use them for the chairs for the computer room, as they are better for the spine.



    That sounds good, I may get one for home. My main issue is getting to work. I have to drive in, and it takes about 20 minutes. If I sit down for longer than 1 minute I'm in serious pain that lasts for about 2 hours.

    Foxy102

    That sounds good, I may get one for home. My main issue is getting to … That sounds good, I may get one for home. My main issue is getting to work. I have to drive in, and it takes about 20 minutes. If I sit down for longer than 1 minute I'm in serious pain that lasts for about 2 hours.



    Not good. My other half is currently battaling with sciatica and osteo arthritis, (as the arthritis is primarily in the area that causes the sciatic nerve grief) which is making going out fun, as we can't get too far on foot.

    want to no how much a epidural will cost private when i have my baby

    I had a caudal epidural on the 11th May - has some result - but now have to wait 6 months before I see the consultant again . He said the epidurals would be maintained. But I am trying to find the cost privately also. Should you have any luck before I do I would be pleased to hear from you.
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