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Steroid Shot In The Back

Steroid Shot In The Back

I have spinal stenosis and my pain doctor wants to give me a steroid shot to see if that helps with the pain. I've heard to many horror stories and I'm just not too sure about having a needle stuck in my back. Thoughts?

posted May 6, 2018
A MyChronicPainTeam Member

I would suggest seeing a Orthopedic Doctor rather then a pain management doctor. Also ask the doctor if you can have an MRI done of your back. You need to see what is causing the pain. Good luck

posted July 10, 2020
A MyChronicPainTeam Member

I have Type 2 diabetes and when I got epidural blocks, mostly in my lower back, my sugars were usually okay. The numbers, when high, lasted only for a day. I’ve never had “just” a cortisone injection in my back, only in my shoulders and knees. Same results with blood glucose. I won’t take cortisone/steroids by mouth, because they make me very hyper and my blood sugars go up much more. BTW, I’m always given propyphol (sp?) when having a pain block, so I’m not awake/aware of the procedure.

posted January 6, 2019
A MyChronicPainTeam Member

I have tried it alot over the years. For fibro, the body seems to absorb it so fast that the shots only give relief for about a week. And the risk of too much steroid is huge
I no longer do trigger point injections. I do get an epidural for my low back when it locks up and it works great. I only need that 1-2 years apart.
The biggest thing you can do is work out for a strong back. Becoming a part time massage therapist really straightened my back and helped me cope with pain

posted January 5, 2019
A MyChronicPainTeam Member

The pain doctors don't make any money on writing a prescription for pain meds just shots and if you do not believe me look at this is not a bill , plus they bill you for a office visit on top of getting injections , I had them done about 3 or 4 times the steroid shots which they had no affect on my neck and the nerve burning injections which made my neck worse and I told the dr. pain management that , and I was released a month later, the 1st shots I got were in 2015 to 2018 , Google the procedure's I had broke my neck in 2010 and have 2 rods and a plate in my neck plus cervical dystonia and my cervical fused , take care and have a beautiful day

posted February 28, 2020 (edited)
A MyChronicPainTeam Member

They are useless

posted February 4, 2021

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