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Hi, Melissa.

I totally get where you are coming from. I have all kinds of allergies and have developed new ones recently. In fact, my orthopedist really wanted me to have ESI's done even though I kept telling him 1) I had a really bad reaction to the oral steroids he had given me...my thyroid went totally hypo and I got really depressed and also developed a nasty fungus under my toe nails and a wicked yeast infection...2) I had read on the internet that this was an off-label use of the products proposed 3) I was too frightened to do it because of 1 and 2 and I had not even had an epidural for childbirth because I had heard too many horror stories from women who had. He just kept insisting because I had not had a bad reaction to them 2.5 years ago and finally sent me to a guy who does Kenalog ESI injections. Well, after talking with him about all of the above, he said I wasn't a good candidate for the procedure and referred me to a pain management clinic that I'm still waiting for approval to be treated by.

Meanwhile, my DO finally got the results of the bone density scan she had done last summer (before my accident) and I went to see her. She saw how bad I am (I can hardly walk) and I have been having really bad headaches for months. I told her about the steroid reaction, too. Anyway, she takes pity on me and gives me a free sample of Lyrica to try for the nerve pain in my legs and feet and also a nasal spray thinking it will help with the headaches if it is allergy congestion.

I used both right away and 1st my throat swells and almost closes the day after the nasal spray and then my legs and feet swell 3 days into the Lyrica. It turned out that the nasal spray has steroids in it and I had an allergic reaction. How blessed am I?!?

I went off the Lyrica for several days then she had me tried it again, but I had the same problem with it so she's put me on a low dose of Topamax for the headaches.

Anyway, I say all that to say this. I am not trying to discourage you from having the bone scan. It may be the one thing that gives you a proper diagnosis. I would strongly suggest, however, that even after discussing this with the doctor doing the test and making sure that they can reverse things if you react, that you take a good book with you and sit right there JUST in case you have a reaction or a problem.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

Houston