Hi there -
My doctor is recommending cervical epidural cortisone injection(s) for my neck and shoulder pain. I haven't gotten much relief from NSAIDS, and my nerves are too inflamed and reactive to tolerate physical therapy.
I'm wondering why the doctor isn't considering a course of oral steroids instead. It seems like that would be much less invasive, and my physical therapist thinks it would be likely to help. When I've mentioned oral steroids, the doctor has sort of skated over the issue and gone straight for the shots... I know that this may be partly due to my not knowing enough to ask the right questions, and also to my pain getting in the way of my ability to think straight.
I will be seeing the doctor again soon. Any information, opinions, or advice?