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Old 07-02-2008, 08:36 PM   #1
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How many steroid shots are safe in a year

How many steroid shots are safe in a year. I have had four in my shoulder. Three epidurals in my neck. Now two trigger point injections into muscles that stay in a constant spasm

 
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Re: How many steroid shots are safe in a year

I wouldn't want anymore steroids for awhile, although trigger point injections are ok if they aren't using steroids. Using lidocaine is more common.

 
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:29 PM   #3
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My Doctor gave me a cortisone shot in both knees. He said I could safely take the injections every three months. Take care.

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The rule of thumb is no more than 3 in one area per year but I also think you need to consider how steroids affect other areas of the organ and body processes as well. I would think you are at your limit.

 
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They say I have ruptered three disc in my neck and a partial tear of the rotator. I dealing with workers comp. They also say because of my age that I am not a canidate for any surgeries. I am 39yr old professional painter. They are also telling me I may never be able to paint again. I have been a painter for nineteen years. The trigger point injections were given into my trapezious muscle and into my ribs in the back for nots in the muscle. I start neck therapy soon.

 
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Hi, I've had 4 steroid shots for sciatica - I asked the doctor "how many more" and he said it would be time or a break now that I have had my 4th. I find the give me relief for 2-3 days.

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I ahve had 2 Drs. tell me that you can have 3 in the same area, every year...and I had 1 Dr. tell me that I can have 3 in the same area, every 6 months. I tend to side with the Drs. that say every year.

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I was told I could have 3 a year but did get an emergency one once too making it four in a year for my lumbar.
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I've only been on this board one day and my doctor says only 3 a year and don't take any oral steriods inbetween, I guess it can be harmful to the body...good luck

 
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I've only been on this board one day and my doctor says only 3 a year and don't take any oral steriods inbetween, I guess it can be harmful to the body...good luck
Thanxs Tracker, I am worried this is a teporary fix. They do not want to fix me. Workers Comp.

 
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I was told I could have 3 a year but did get an emergency one once too making it four in a year for my lumbar.
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Cindy, do you have ruptured disc? I have three in my neck they closing off the spinal column....The shots in the neck have helped but for how long?

 
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I ahve had 2 Drs. tell me that you can have 3 in the same area, every year...and I had 1 Dr. tell me that I can have 3 in the same area, every 6 months. I tend to side with the Drs. that say every year.

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Thanks Lori, Did they tell you how long the shots would last? I know that this will not fix the problem. I am not a canidate for a triple fusion because of my age.

 
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Hi, I've had 4 steroid shots for sciatica - I asked the doctor "how many more" and he said it would be time or a break now that I have had my 4th. I find the give me relief for 2-3 days.

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T, Do you have ruptured disc causing sciatica?

 
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I wouldn't want anymore steroids for awhile, although trigger point injections are ok if they aren't using steroids. Using lidocaine is more common.
Hi Jane, no they use steriods every time they are not trying to fix me workers comp. I am worried because im sure i will need them again in my neck. Not sure how long it will last and I have had nine all together in 6 months.

 
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The rule of thumb is no more than 3 in one area per year but I also think you need to consider how steroids affect other areas of the organ and body processes as well. I would think you are at your limit.
Thanks yes I am worried 9 shots in six months and im sure i will need them in my neck again...

 
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