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    Default Cortizone or stetoids for chronic pain

    Has anyone ever had cortizone injections or steroids for chronic pain?

    Can you tell me about it - how painful was it? Did it work? How long for? Who did it? - ie did u go to hospital or a specialist or just a gp?

    Is there any possible way I could have something like this done while im pregnant without harming my baby?

    I cant take the pain anymore. Im depressed & angry & in pain every single day & just cant suffer through it anymore. I have no idea how im going to be able to look after my baby unless I can fix this before it's born.

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    I've had a cortisone injection in my lower back before between the L4 and L5 vertebrae. I wasn't pregnant at the time. I had it done via X-ray (to make sure it was in the right place) so it was done by a radiographer but had to be ordered by a specialist. It was done under a local anesthetic so only felt the needle go in for that then nothing.
    It did not completely get rid of the pain but did help (because it doesn't necessarily solve what's causing the problem, just helps with the pain). Lasted for about 2 months. And I know you can only have a certain number per year.
    I have no idea if you can get one while pregnant. I would say what I had done (with the x-ray) would be a complete no no. It would depend what class of drug cortisone is.
    Hope you find something that helps.

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    Thanks Robyn, I will do more research

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    Same as Robyn, I had one between L5-S1 when my prolapsed disc became so bad I was dragging my leg.
    I had it done under ct though, I don't think that's safe in pregnancy?

    You'd have to talk to your specialist, and it might depend on where it is. I'd say your back would be a big no no

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    It would be in my neck. So I'm guessing I'll have to have an anesthetic for that too. I didn't know they did it like that, but at least I guess I can keep it as an option for after the baby is born.

    I don't actually have a specialist, how do I get one? And what kind of specialist? I asked for a referral to a chronic pain specialist once but my gp refused to give me one (they all think I can just go home & take a panadol to fix my problem & won't believe that it doesn't help). I've given up with gp's, they just want to take my money & not even listen to a word I said. I've been trying to find ways of managing this without medication (ie so I could get pregnant) for many years & none of the multiple gp's I've tried even wanted to know - I even had one hand me a script for NSAID's when I said I wanted to find a way of managining it so I could get pregnant - you can't take NSAID's when you are pregnant

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    It would depend on the injury. If it's a spinal injury, you'll need to see a neurosurgeon. They generally like an MRI before recommending treatments though. Ask your GP for a referral to an appropriate specialist, assuming you have an idea of the type of injury and scans etc.

    Not a general anaesthetic, I just had a local. Took about 20 minutes, and helped for two months. He said it could help for a week or a year, depend on the person and the injury.

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    I have actually had an MRI (nothing showed up) and seen a neurosurgeon years ago. The guy had no clue what was causing my pain but offered to do surgery anyway (??? why would I possibly agree to that???). No-one has given me a diagnosis but I think it's muscular & not sure whether it's in the joints as well. No other treatments work so I'm now exploring more full-on options such as the cortizone injections.

    Thanks for the info! Good to know it was just a local anesthetic instead of a general.

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    Could it be dystonia?

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    I'd never heard of dystonia but I just googled it. I don't think so, I don't have most of those symptoms.

    I actually suspect it was originally caused by the strain of wearing the wrong size bra for many many years (I have a large bust) but I'm not sure why it hasn't improved since I've been professionally fitted. Maybe it was too late by then & the damage was done.

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    I haven't had injections but I have had oral corticosteroids for IBD. I absolutely do not recommend them unless absolutely necessary. The side effects from oral steroids are awful and honestly I would prefer the pain over the side effects but they are necessary for me from time to time to manage my condition.
    Steroids work for inflammation. If there is no inflammation there may not be any benefit to using them. Depending on the dose used and the length of time, injectable steroids can also cause the same kind of side effects as oral. You also need to remember that steroids are for short term use, you cannot use them long term as the long term side effects are really nasty. I was only extremely high dose for a prolonged period to control extensive inflammation though, so the side effects were horrendous.


 

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