Celestone Injection Side Effects - Itching?
A little background first. I have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, foraminal stenosis (C5, C6), and herniated discs (C2, C3, C4, C5, C6). Before I went to my first pain management appointment two weeks ago I was (and still am) on 400 mg. of Celebrex daily, 4 mg. Zanaflex every 6-8 hours, and 150 mg. Wellbutrin daily (I'm trying to quit smoking). The day before my first shot my pain management doctor added 50 mg. of Lyrica before I go to bed. For the first week after my Celestone injection, I had some muscle soreness and weakness but other than that, the pain was minimal and the usual swelling of my hands disappeared. It was heavenly!
The second week after my shot has been pure misery though. I am itching constantly just under my skin and mostly in my hands, feet, arms and head. There is no rash or hives that I can see - just the constant itching. If I take Benadryl to relieve the itching I become a complete zombie and cannot function. I can take the Benadryl before I go to bed but it wears off by the time I get up in the morning. I've also noticed that the swelling in my hands is back and now I'm also experiencing some pain, although I'd say it's about a 2 to 3 on a scale of 1 to 10.
I have an appointment to have my second shot tomorrow and I'm not sure if I want to have it done or not at this point. I've called my doctor's office three times in the last 4 days and have yet to hear back from a nurse. I even called my GP who is very thorough and his office called my pain management doctor for me and left a message as well.
My question is this: Has anyone else experienced severe, constant itching with no rash or hives after getting one of these shots?