Had cervical epidural a week ago. Lidocaine did nothing for me and I felt the entire procedure. Catheter insertion hurt, but wasn't a big deal. Additional pokes hurt like hell. The worst part was the "medication" injection.

Instantly started sweating, burning radiating from center chest outward, immense pressure made lungs feel like they were going to pop.

Afterward: Cracking where I wasn't cracking before. No help to chronically tensed shoulders. Pain in chest still there. Neck still hurts.

Overall, my epidural wasn't really worth it. Painful procedure and no subsequent relief.

What is that chest pain? I'm afraid that my "dura" popped and is leaking CSF into my lungs. Why did that area hurt from cervical epidural, and why is it still hurting?