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Old 06-02-2008, 01:47 PM   #1
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Cortisone injections?

Hi gang. Mentioned this in one of my posts, but thought I would throw it out there to see if anyone has any experience with it...as you know, Ive had no use of my left had or fingers for almost 2 years now...my MRIs show some stenosis of the C5-C6 region along with a minorly bulging disc....Ive suffered with incredible back pain for almost 2 years as well...but its very localized, all in the same muscle.

Ive tried PT, and Accupunture..both 'specialists" told me that if it was my back, it probably wounldnt help my hand...and in both cases, nothing helped my hand- and my back didnt really get any better either...now, my Neurologist is talking about "pain injection therapy" which from what he says, is basically a steroid in the muscle in my back. ...the idea is if there is SOME or ANY relief in the muscle, possibly my hand will stop hurting so badly! Id of course welcome my back to stop hurting as well, but Im living with that- the hand thing is OUT OF CONTROL!

So, tomorrow at 5, Il be having an 9 inch needle stuck into my muscle, just below my neck, off the center of my spine...AND IM TERRIFIED. Im told this really hurts..but that there isnt any real risk involved...he says either it will help, or it wont...but of course, Im going right back to work Wed morning.

Anyone have any experience with this type of procedure??
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:23 PM   #2
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Re: Cortisone injections?

Hi Nikki. I don't have personal experience with this, but my little sister used to get very long cortisone shots when she was a teenager for a hip problem and tendonitis. Now this is a girl who is terrified of needles and still cries like a baby when she gets blood drawn. The shots did hurt her (she had six or seven all together) but she always made it, and she always went back to school the next day. Since she's such a baby, I know she wouldn't have gone back to school the next day if she had had any side effects.

Of course it could have been a different dose and all that--sorry, it's all I know about it. I do know that they worked for her, and after a series of them she never needed them again.

Good luck to you! I sincerely hope the shot works for you!!!
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:28 PM   #3
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Re: Cortisone injections?

No doubt you're terrified, but the idea of this potentially providing you relief no doubt outweighs all else. Hugs hun, we'll be thinking of you
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:04 PM   #4
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Re: Cortisone injections?

Thanks April and Nenu..I know, believe me, I wouldnt be trying this if the thought of alittle less pain didnt beat the fear! Ive tried so many things, and since my doc managed to get it covered- why not try it, right? Scared yes, but praying it will help. Will let you guys know how I do when its over!
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:33 PM   #5
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Re: Cortisone injections?

My neuro was going to give me the shots to try to lower my pain levels, but for the location involved there was no frature line(??), space between the bones, to insert a needle. I considered the shot because the pain was severe. I learned to get through it. I understand your apprehension, but when it comes to nerve pain, I empathize with you. Do what you need to do for you. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

 
Old 06-02-2008, 11:37 PM   #6
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Hey there Nikki, Not doing so good huh?/ Well girl, i gotta tell you. my brother had this
Procedure in his back to relieve horriable back pain last year. Docs told him it was the last resort for any kind of comfort.

It worked !!! Hopefully it will work for you too. I'll be praying for you Nikki.

 
Old 06-03-2008, 12:07 PM   #7
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Re: Cortisone injections?

Hey Glamour Girl and Jayhawk...thank you both for your replies...one hour and its time to go...I just got home from work so I could put on some comfy clothes..Im scared! Glamour Girl, so glad to hear that this worked for your brother...will let you know how it works for me....and Jayhawk, my pain is nerve related, however they think its the muscle pushing on the nerve which is causing it..so they are injecting into the muscle. What scares me is it is only 1/2 inch off my spine- and I do know what it feels like when they hit a nerve (they did it to me twice at my LP)...so im praying they dont miss!

ill let you all know how it goes probably tomororw...
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:48 PM   #8
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Nikki, thinking of you hun <3 Hang in there

I know you're a strong one, and you'll get through this fine. I do hope you find relief. You've already been punished enough.
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Old 06-03-2008, 03:15 PM   #9
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I'm wishing you luck! Let us know how it goes!
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Re: Cortisone injections?

Hi everyone. Thanks for sending me those good thoughts. Im back..the shot itself, didnt hurt so very much; however the BURN which I am currently experiencing is bringing tears to my eyes...the doctor said it would happen, he wasnt kidding- and it would last up to 8 hours. Honestly, it feels like my back is on fire! He also said I wont know for at least 36 hours if this is truly going to work. Interestingly enough, its NOT cortisone, but a form of Prendisone...hm. Cant seem to ever truly get away from Prendisone now can I? Lets just hope it works...he said he gave me a very minimal dosage and that he might have to do another shot next week if it doesnt help at all...but give it a few days....will keep you posted.
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Old 06-03-2008, 04:59 PM   #11
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Re: Cortisone injections?

I hope that the one shot will suffice. I am glad you got through the process. The burning pain sounds terrible to me. It brings to mind painful memories of recent and long ago. I had 2nd and 3rd degree burns on my hand long ago and to this day hate hot water or temperatures! Again, I truly hope you make it with a single shot.

 
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I'm sorry about the pain. Let us know if it works!
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:39 PM   #13
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Re: Cortisone injections?

Thanks guys...pain is dissapating just alittle, from a 10 down to a 8.5. Hopefully when I wake up, it will have gone away..now, I pray that the pain goes with it!
Jayhawk, I can imagine that pain you describe...actually at times (prior to today) the pain in my back is similar to the pain Im experiencing and you describe..of course, 3rd degee burns are very serious,but I can imagine how that must feel..

Intestingly enough, my doc told me that he feels that I may have torn a muscle (cant remember what it is called, Ill have to look it up) but it holds the scapula to the breastbone...weird, this is the first time anyone has mentioned this to me. If they suggest a CT scan, Ill scream. Ive had so many radiographic tests this year, I swear I glow in the dark! But, I guess that would explain the burning feeling Ive experienced for so long now. Wouldnt it be nice NOT to have to blame MS for something?! He still feels that the muscle MIGHT be causing the hand pain, which is my primary concern...will let you know if this works..thanks for both of your comments!
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:41 PM   #14
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I really do hope you get relief Nikki, you so deserve it!
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:57 PM   #15
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Nikki,

I hope you get a good night's sleep and wake up feeling much better.
You are in my thoughts!
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