Re: Can epidural steroid injections make the flu worse?
Thank you all for your replies. I checked and my clinic was not one who received the tainted medicine. Scary though, I hope no more people die because of it! I heard from my doctor and he sent me to the ER to be safe. They did a ton of blood work and my white count is really high and some other infection indicators were well above normal so they are sending out cultures and doing more tests. Not going to get a spinal tap unless they absolutely feel it is necessary. Not sure if it is directly related to the injection (i.e. introduced by the physical act of giving the injection) or if the steroids are playing hell with my system and making me more susceptible to the flu, or something else altogether. My poor kiddo is sick as a dog now, so it may just be that my immune system was a bit suppressed by the steroids and we are fighting a particularly viscous strain of the flu. I am feeling better respiratory symptom-wise, although still exhausted and have the ever present headache, fever and body aches. On the plus side, my radicular pain is nearly gone, so the injection is working! = )