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CAUTION FOR WOMEN: Steriod injections

NOTE: This is information for women who are considering steriod injections. If you are a sensitive this may be more information than you care to know.


I am 49. I have two grown children and didn't have plans for any more children.

I started experiencing burning/tingling/numbness down both my arms into my hands in Oct 2011. It was all blamed on fibromyalgia, so my C5/6 & C6/7 problems weren't discovered until Aug 2012 when I finally was able to get an MRI. By then I had nearly exhausted all my sick time fighting the pain. So I was referred to a pain management clinic and I tried steriod injections to delay the surgery.

I had a steriod injectiion on Nov 7 and started bleeding on Nov 24. Still bleeding (not knowing why) I had another steriod injectiion on Dec 10th. The bleeding continued, not stopping until after Christmas. Then restarting five days later and continued another 10 days. I didn't have another steriod injection.

The steriods caused fibroids that I had known about for twenty-five years to grow. Ovarian cysts that I occasionally had in the past, developed and grew to the size of a fist. The end result was a full hysterectomy as everything in my system had grown. When my uterus was remove, it was the size of a six month pregnacy.

I couldn't bring myself to buy maternity clothes. I was wearing a size 10 before my first injection and was wearing a size 18 when I went in for surgery.

I asked the pain mgmt dr why that isn't listed as a serious side effect. He told me it was a known possible side effect, but it didn't apply across the entire population (both men and women) that may take steriod injections.



  • omg...I am scheduled for my first injection in three weeks...this makes me terrified! I also have had issues in the past with my woman parts, mostly with severe endometriosis. I have had surgery already to remove large parts of it which grow on my left ovary and cause internal bleeding in my abdominal cavity. And it makes sense that having steroids injected into your body will cause things to "grow". I've got some serious thinking to do....Thank you for sharing your personal story, it really helps a lot! xo
    Mother of three amazing boys who wants her life back, suffering from chronic neck/shoulder pain for 9 months.
  • CinbadCCinbad Posts: 55
    edited 04/14/2013 - 3:16 PM
    Yep - my surgeon said I was "polluted with endometriosis".

    I did NOT have a history of endometriosis. Needless to say, I was totally ticked that this "side effect" was never discussed with me. So instead of having spine surgery, I had to have a full hyst instead to stop the growth. My surgeon said that my uterus was so enlarged, that if we'd waited another week or two I would have had to had an open abdominal surgery to remove it.

    I can only advise you to talk to your doctor! By the way, I had a kenalog injection the first time, and a depo medrol injection the second time. I still can't believe what it did to me! Had I known what injections would do, I would have skipped them and had the spine surgery. Lesson learned.
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