i have had a failed xlif and for the followup treatment for now we are doing every two months 6 max dose of steroid injections on my l3-l5 facet joints both sidesm( so six shots, 3 down each side).... my doctor is running a myelogram on monday to prepare for a plif surgery he wants to do to undo the damage caused to my joints from a xlif surgery i had two years ago, i have two of the screws in my facet joints and thats why he needs to go in and remove the screws and redo the surgery as a plif the second time, i, needless to say, am scared to death because i have had a horrible recovery from the first surgery . besides the constant pain from any type of movement i also suffered RSD in my right leg/foot., and had to have a spinal stimulator surgery done ....
my questions thou i need help with are the side effects from the steroid injections, the doctor has said he worries because i am on the highest dosage he can give me and we do them every two months .. and its the only thing buying me time before this plif surgery to give me a small qualitiy of my life back during this waiting time .... but what he hasnt done is told me what the side effects are, and i cant find them anywhere listed on the internet...?? so i need to be an informed patient, and i dont think im taking these shots as seriously as i should be because no one has taken the time to tell me the side effects of these shots., and if i knew them would i agree that i should be getting them as often as i am!!! either way, i need to at least be informed.. so if you can help me with any of this information please post!!! truely would appreciate any responses