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    Old 02-19-2003, 09:27 AM   #1
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    Red face cortisone injections?

    I have seen 10 doctors that do not what is going on with me. So fustrating! Now, they want me to try cortisone injections to see if the pain is coming from my herniated disk in my neck. I also have numbness in my left foot and pain in my right buttock, which would not be caused from a cervical hernaited disk. I am afraid to have this done. Has anyone on this board had this done? If so, how painful is it? Thank you, Kathy

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    Old 02-19-2003, 09:53 AM   #2
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    Hi Kathym43,
    I will tell you from personal experience, besides from my internal pain, I have a good threshold for pain, I had to get those cortizone shots, all over my back and neck, and they not only hurt because of the spots they shoot you in, but it burns after, shortly after the burning though I found a numbness feeling in my torso for about 20 MIN. WOOPDEE DOO, and that was it, they never helped! If you want advice on my behald steer clear of them, try something else if you can, but they might help you, so maybe you should talk with your doc about it more extensively, good luck!

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    Old 02-19-2003, 10:35 AM   #3
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    I just wanted to note that my mom has golfer's elbow and fallen arches, heel spurs, and plantars fasciitis (along with some other foot problems), which all give her a lot of pain in her elbow and feet. My dad has tennis elbow, which grieves him terribly. Both of them have received cortisone shots. My mother has gotten them in her feet and her elbow, and my father has received them in his elbow. Both have had great success with the shots. They are sore in the shot area for a few days but then the pain disappears, sometimes for over six months. The shortest time between shots for either of them has been three months. For them, the shots work much better than any medications or even physical therapy.

    Of course, their injuries are not in the neck nor are they possible fibromyalgia injuries/pain. Thus, I am not sure whether their success can be applied to your situation... perhaps it is best to say that some people do get relief from different ailments when cortisone shots are used.

    P.S. I have fibromyalgia, but I have used other forms of therapy so far and have not had any cortisone shots. In my opinion, your doctor's plan makes logical sense. If the cortisone shot to your neck brings you pain relief, then the doctor can concentrate on treating your neck. If the shot does not help your pain, then the doctor can proceed in his/her determination of whether you have fibromyalgia. Still, I understand your reluctance. I sincerely hope you are able to figure this all out. Good luck!

    Old 02-19-2003, 01:31 PM   #4
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    I used to get those shots in my shoulder and they never hurt. To me those things were the best thing since sliced bread.

    Old 02-19-2003, 08:26 PM   #5
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    How wide spread is this treatment nowdays? I read a lot about it but was wondering. Today I went to my CFS specialist. He is extensively knowledgable about other conditions. He has been giving me rounds of Trp injections. They don't do a whole lot, but it's a whole lot better than nothing at all. It's worth trying.
    He even warned me to do the research though. Make sure the professional who is injecting you knows what they're doing. Make sure you know what you're doing before anyone sticks any sort of needle in you for anything.
    There are some risks for infection and some people have adverse reactions. A good doctor should have you stick around for a while to make sure you're OK.

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