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edited 12/16/2015 - 12:58 AM in Lower Back Pain
had done a week ago procedure was not painful at all pain eased in right leg but not too much in left leg still waiting to feel full effect undecided whether to do again

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Comments

  • Cortisone shots? I get them every 2 months in my upper and lower back.. The first 2 times helped alot but this last time around wasnt as effective :( Some people can go 6 months to a year without having to get them again but mine were only lasting 2 months. Hope they continue to provide relief for you!
    MS
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 10,065
    will limit Steroid / Cortisone injections to 3 times a year.

    Too much steroids can break down some of your muscles and cause other pains. Over the years, I had about 8 ESIs and countless number of cortisone injections into my shoulders and hips. For the most part I did get temporary relief, but not always.

    One sort of negative side effect of all those injections was developing cataracts. There are two type of cataracts. One comes with age, the other is medically induced. The eye scan can illustrate what type a person has.

    I did develop cataracts because of all of my injections. I said sort of negative, only because to me the cataract surgery was the easiest and had the best results. I went from 20/200 to 20/20 in one day
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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