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Old 02-13-2013, 02:02 AM   #1
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Dexamethasone injection question.

Hi everyone. Just a quick question. I had my first appointment with my Rheumatologist yesterday. I have had bi-lateral Sacroiliitis for about 10mths, along with many other symptoms, and are undergoing various tests. The specialist suspects possible AS, with secondary Sjogren's syndrome.

I was given an injection yesterday called Dexamethasone. I have no idea what this is. I have to have another one March 7th. Can anybody shed any light on this for me ? What benefits is this likely to give me ? Are there any side effects ? I know absolutely nothing. I also have to have another MRI done as the one that confirmed my Sacroiliitis, was in June last year. Will these injections effect the MRI results or any blood tests ?

I would be so grateful for any advice. I am guessing that the injections are completely safe, but just want to put my mind at rest, and just find out a little more about how they may be of benefit to me.

Thank you in advance.

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Old 02-16-2013, 01:50 AM   #2
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Re: Dexamethasone injection question.

Hi, Liverbird. I think Dexamethasone is probably a corticosteroid, given to reduce inflammation and pain, and that you could check it out further either generically (injected steroids) or by its proper name.

I had steroid shots over the years, mostly for widespread itchy skin issues. They made me slightly agitated & hurt locally for hours (couldn't sit comfortably ). Otherwise, the injections quelled my itchiness quickly and caused me no harm; but since everyone responds differently, we always should monitor our individual reactions, esp. to meds that are new to us.

Is "AS" Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Re: Sjogren's, was the anti-Ro autoantibody found in your labwork? Did you have a lip biopsy? (I think lip biopsy is the most definitive test for Sjogren's.) You don't have to answer, of course... I'm only curious because I have a form of lupus that features anti-Ro, and some of my symptoms were Sjogren's-like. BTW, there's a board for Sjogren's that you could check out, if you wish.

I hope this helps a little bit, that you post again soon, and that you can get more info straight from your doctor when you see him on 3/7. Let us know how you're faring, when you have time, OK? Bye for now, best wishes, Vee

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