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Old 10-17-2012, 10:26 AM   #1
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How many shots of Depo Medrol are safe to get?

Hello All! I have chronic back pain. I had a 360% bi-lateral fusion about 5 yrs ago and the pain is still severe. I have been going to pain management for approx 10 yrs and my Dr gives me Depot Medrol shots in my back every six weeks. Since all this menengitis scare has been happening I decided to look into these shots. I know that I should have checked into the shots before I started to get them but I trusted my doctor. She is a good Pain Management doctor but doesn't like to be questioned. I was hoping that someone here would know if it is safe to get so many of these shots for so long. Will they cause worse problems in the future? Any help would be greatly appreciated. If there are any questions anyone needs from me I will try my best to help.
Thank you in advance.
Kim

 
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:53 AM   #2
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Re: How many shots of Depo Medrol are safe to get?

Hi Kim,

I think the most important question you need to ask yourself is, "Do the Depo Medrol shots help you?" If they do you have a major part of your answer. I only lasted 8 years in pain management. Initially I had two epidurals which did nothing to relieve my pain. When I was offered a third (all in the period of six months) I asked my doctor what his reasoning was that after two failures a third would work? At the time the literature I read stated a person should have no more than three in one year. He could not give me an answer and never mentioned epidurals again.

But if your shots are giving you relief weigh the benefit against the risks. After all, it is all about quality of life! Good luck to you, Gwen

 
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:25 PM   #3
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Re: How many shots of Depo Medrol are safe to get?

I got secondary Addison's disease from too many steroids. When you adrenal glands shut down. its not a fun thing, makes you VERY tired/fatigued. I'd check into it. Cathy

 
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