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ESI and bone degeneration

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Spinal Injections
I have heard lately that cordisone injections can degenerate bone. Does anybody have any info if this is the same for ESI? I know steriods are injected into the epidural space. Would this have the same effect?


  • That is one of the reasons that is is recomended that you can't get more than 3 per year.
  • Good question. I have asked this of my pain specialist and he says there are no known long term problems.
    When asked the same question, my GP said that there may be some ligament thickening-scar tissue-with repeated applications, but wasn't expressing any concern about it.
    I was unable to find any conclusive evidence of long term problems, by searching on the Internet, but then as I can't spend long on the PC perhaps I just didn't look hard enough.
    But even so, if there was strong evidence I'm sure my medical people would know.
    A younger person would likely have more concern about it than an older one, like me.
    What options are there? It is the only treatment that stops those awful head sore spots-pain meds just don't get a look in.
    I'm persevering with my 3 monthly shots until I see a reason to change.
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  • Is from the massive doses of steroids that they injection into your body. If you stick to around 3/year your body can process it ok. BUT if you get too much in your system that is what causes the bone/tendon/ligament damage/weakening, etc...
  • krazigirl79
    I understand that the steroid used is similar to the one the body produces naturally.
    I'd like to see any articles that prove there are harmful side effects, as I'm in it for the long haul.
    Are you able to give me some links to any?
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