Hello Warren, Just curious about your back. Is it bulging (herniated) discs that go periodically ? I have the same problem, L3-4, L4-5 originating from a foolish move I made in 1970. (young and stupid days) Yearly I was laid up for a week or so. Since 2008 I've been attending a pain management clinic off and on after more unthinking moves and have had 17 trips to hospital in that time for 17 epidurals. Dexamethasone, which he calls his ultimate anti-inflammatory. I've been good since last fall. No lifting, no shoveling snow, no ladders, straining at all. I was getting max. dose 3 shots two weeks apart once a year. I've smartened up a lot since last fall. Told me he's retiring and no one else will do it. Too risky. This guy goes by feel, no scanner. Bad doses last year in Northeast U.S. paralyzed a number of people. I must be good now or it's game over. I exercise regularly and don't walk on ice. Otherwise o.k. I wish you well. You must be CAREFUL.