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    Old 03-04-2009, 09:46 PM   #1
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    Cortisone injections in spine

    My pain specialist wants to inject my spine with cortisone and I think he said some anti-inflammatory med. Has anyone had that done and what are the side effects? Is it painful? My doctor said that there is no real side effects other than maybe some hormonal things for a few days. For some reason, just the name cortisone scares me.

     
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    Old 03-04-2009, 10:50 PM   #2
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    Re: Cortisone injections in spine

    Well if that is the same as steroid injections, then I have had it done several times. It isn't that painful to me, they numb it first. But I guess it depends on the patient, for about a week afterwards I feel bad in general. Of course the injections only last so long ,and I imagine thats varies with each person too. For me the pain doesn't go away...but does make it bearable for a couple of weeks.I hope you have good luck and feel better soon, God bless

     
    Old 03-05-2009, 06:39 AM   #3
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    Ooh, you feel bad for a week and then get relief for only a couple of weeks? That's tough. Do you go to a surgery center to get it done? When you say you feel bad, how does it make you feel? Tired, or something else? Have you thought of surgery? Soft hugs.

     
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    Re: Cortisone injections in spine

    I've done many rounds of epidural steroid injections (ESI). They helped me delay my initial surgery for a few years. And, after I had some post-op nerve pain I've done them again and had some real success with the one I had done in February so I'm doing another next week.

    My pain management doctor uses conscious sedation (where you are not under general anesthesia but you are totally unaware of what is going on). Thus I have to have a ride home as they won't let me drive. I come home, take a 2 hr nap, and awake feeling good.

    I have a bit of tenderness for 24 hours after the injection but after that it clears up quite well.
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    Re: Cortisone injections in spine

    Thanks for your input. I've had neck and upper back and shoulder problems for almost 20 years. I've done everything in the book but the ESI's. My pain doc wants me to do them before I have surgery, along with traction. I'm going ahead with getting a second opinion on my surgery and doing all the research I can, but I think I will do the ESI's first. I'm having a myelogram next week for my neurosurgeon and I understand it will help my pain doc know where to inject the steroids, so I'll wait until after the myelogram before I do the ESI. It's good to know that I can do them after the surgery if I have further problems. I don't know if I will have insurance forever, and if I can do something that will be more permanent (surgery), I think it will be better down the line. In two years if I don't have insurance (and I can't work because of my back and CFS - no disability), I will be up a creek.

     
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    Thanks for your input. I've had neck and upper back and shoulder problems for almost 20 years. I've done everything in the book but the ESI's. My pain doc wants me to do them before I have surgery, along with traction. I'm going ahead with getting a second opinion on my surgery and doing all the research I can, but I think I will do the ESI's first. I'm having a myelogram next week for my neurosurgeon and I understand it will help my pain doc know where to inject the steroids, so I'll wait until after the myelogram before I do the ESI. It's good to know that I can do them after the surgery if I have further problems. I don't know if I will have insurance forever, and if I can do something that will be more permanent (surgery), I think it will be better down the line. In two years if I don't have insurance (and I can't work because of my back and CFS - no disability), I will be up a creek.
    Hi-ya, I had ESI's for over 3 years and not one of the injections ever worked for me so I stopped having them done and now I'm waiting for the implant spinal cord stimulator (scs) to be done in April (Fingers crossed), my pm dr puts me to sleep before my injections because I used to have 18 at a time, so he'd put me to sleep so I didn't feel anything, but I always woke up feeling ok, I just had a bit of pain for about a week after the injections and my back was a little tender, I hope you have more luck with them and hope you get some good pain releif with them. Both of my pm dr's have said that they only work for a few weeks in the majority of cases, and to think of the injections as a holiday from your pain, take care xx

     
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