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Are steroid injections less likely to work over time ?

PaininfootPPaininfoot Posts: 35
edited 07/05/2015 - 2:13 AM in Pain Management
Hi, I was wondering if root nerve blocks and other steroid injections decrease their effectiveness the more you have them ? My first ones worked great but number five didn't do much and number six hasn't done anything at all ? Thoughts ?


  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 07/11/2015 - 6:55 AM
    Hi. How recent are your diagnostic images, MRI? Can your doc tell you exactly what's wrong & explain how injecting steroids into that area can help? I only ask because I've been really surprised at how fast my spine has changed at times. I used to have quite a lot of procedures on my L4-S1 area. The discs can now be described as 'completely gone'. Appear as little black lines on an MRI. It's been explained to me that there is no longer any logical relief that an ESI could do there.

    In the past I've had procedures that helped quite a bit & then the same procedure might do nothing but increase my pain for a while. I have no idea why!! They've always been pretty hit & miss for me.

    When did you last have a surgical consult? It's important to ask how long you should try conservative treatments for. I have permanent nerve damage & I'm tired of being asked why I left it so long!?! No-one ever told me otherwise & I never asked!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • WolfpackSVBWWolfpackSVB Posts: 216
    edited 07/24/2015 - 7:57 PM
    Steroids are great if you have inflammation and they do not lose efficacy over time.

    But if you do not have inflammation or a chemical imbalance then don't expect anything except for a [edit] off nerve cell that has been stuck by a needle.
  • can do more damage to joints...that's why these are known as the best and worst drugs. Too many people and a lot of young ones who have done many cortisone injections end up with early joint replacements.
    Bodywide OA, Fibro and complications from Hip Replacement.
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