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how long does it take a steroid injection to work

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
A few days: Targeted injections into the lumbar spine should work well within 2-3 days.

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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Roscoe Nelson
27 years experience Urology
Depends.: You'll have to ask the doctor who gave you the injection how long it last because there are different types of meds. As far as your ic i would go bac ... Read More
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Dr. Clifford Gevirtz
39 years experience Anesthesiology
3 weeks: The steroid can last up to 3 weeks depending on formulation.
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
3-4 weeks: Speak with your pcp or gu doc to get advice on what to do.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
7-10 days: For the effects of the steroid medication to take effect and it may be up to 7-10 days before the maximum benefits are achieved. Very often more than ... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Walter Husar
32 years experience Neurology
Usually: Within 72 hours if you will have any significant response.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Agullo
19 years experience Plastic Surgery
Will likely remain: Fat atrophy usually remains after steroid injections, liposuction, or trauma. Fat injections are useful in restoring permanent fulness to the area. Yo ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Varies: The results from an epidural steroid injection can vary tremendously. Some people do well for even a year, while others may get only temporary benefi ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Jackson
29 years experience Addiction Medicine
Weeks: With a cortisone injection it helps to use warm/ hot compresses also. The redness should resolve with in days, the chalazion bump may take longer to r ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tod Haller
15 years experience Ophthalmology
Few weeks: Typically, it takes a few weeks for steroid injections to melt a chalazion away, but that is for small to medium sized chalazia. It typically does not ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sharad Rajpal
18 years experience Neurosurgery
Depends: Epidural injections can be done with a variety of medications, including steroids and/or local anesthetic. Some people have instant benefit, whereas ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Slosar
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
3-5 days: Sometimes patients report improvement later (1-2 weeks) but most notice improvement earlier. If it does not work by the 2nd week then it is not going ... Read More
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