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I had an mri that shows mild degenerative changes at l4-l5 w/ broad based disc posterior protusion inoving l5 nerve root. would steriod injection help?

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
How old are you: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, and we expect it of you!
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
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Sorry, your age did not appear when I answered this question. Now it has appeared. If you added it, thanks!
Oct 18, 2015
Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
The anatomy: is not as indicative of steroid injection helping as the course of the pain. Steroids are anti-inflammatory. If there is sudden, incapacitating pain, it might be inflamed. If it is steady, chronic pain, it is not as likely taht an anti-inflammatory will do anything.

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