I saw an orthopedist today, hoping that he would recommend the x-stop for my lumbar stenosis, but he was insistent that I try the epidural injections first. I came home and did some reading about them, and aside from my worries about the pain, I am concerned about the effects on someone with diabetes. From what I read, steroids can aggravate diabetes and hypertension. Has anyone dealt with this complication? Are the injections really safe for someone with diabetes and high blood pressure?