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Fractured coccyx giving birth 2 1/2 years ago, Now have arthritis there. Had a few cortisone shots with brief relief, anything else other than surgery?

Fractured coccyx giving birth 2 1/2 years ago, Now have arthritis there. Had a few cortisone shots with brief relief, anything else other than surgery?

Lidoderm patch: This is an especially hard area to treat. lidoderm patches or topical medication that contains lidocaine or diclofenac are options. Also Craniosacral therapy after completing core strengthening would be beneficial. Finally an ongoing maintenance program with an appropriate seating cushion ie Sacral Ease and Pilates are worth considering. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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I just went to orthopedic surgeon and she said I have aggressive and fast wear and tear arthritis she gave me a cortisone shot what else can be done?

I just went to orthopedic surgeon and she said I have aggressive and fast wear and tear arthritis she gave me a cortisone shot  what else can be done?

Arthritis: Wear and tear is a description of osteo/degenerative arthritis. What is degenerating is the joint cartilage. The specific etiology and natural history will be somewhat different depending on the joint. Generally one of the important"what else" will be modification in use of the joint. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have arthritis in my foot and ankle. I have tried cortisone shots which provide relief for a week. Is there an alternative which lasts longer?

I have arthritis in my foot and ankle.  I have tried cortisone shots which provide relief for a week.  Is there an alternative which lasts longer?

Depends what kind...: The most common type is osteoarthritis. The most common treatment is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (ibuprofen, etc). Cortisone injections are sometimes helpful for months, but only if there is inflammation. If there is chronic joint damage, the injections may be minimally effective as you have described. Rheumatoid arthritis or others may benefit from special medications. ...Read more

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Will taking cortisone shots relieve degenerative arthritis pain in joints?

Will taking cortisone shots relieve degenerative arthritis pain in joints?

Possibly: Joint injections with corticosteroids can be very beneficial in arthritic joints . You can see what your specialist recommends and how long they last for you. One has to be careful in limiting steroid use to limit complications. ...Read more

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Ac joint arthritis pain for 9 months. No relief from nsaids. Temp relief from 3 cortisone shots. Doctor says surgery is next step. Sound right?

Ac joint arthritis pain for 9 months. No relief from nsaids. Temp relief from 3 cortisone shots. Doctor says surgery is next step. Sound right?

Yes: This sounds like standard of care. You can always request other nonsurgical therapies, but if you're having unrelenting pain after several months of treatment, your doctor's plan is well within the standard of care. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Knee pain in both knees, cortisone shot in each didn't help, X-rays showed arthritis, could bursitis be a cause also? Need MRI, right?

Knee pain in both knees, cortisone shot in each didn't help, X-rays showed arthritis, could bursitis be a cause also? Need MRI, right?

Not MRI: The xrays already show the reason for your pain. You have arthritis in your knees. An MRI is not going to add much info that is likely to be of any additional benefit. It's now time to work with your doctor to treat and minimize the effects of your arthritis. It may mean anti-inflammatory meds, weight loss, physical therapy, or many more modalities out there for treatment. You know why..now act! ...Read more

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Cortisone injection in wrist joint due to this tendonitis and arthritis. How long till I'll know it worked? How long till the ache from shot disappear

Cortisone injection in wrist joint due to this tendonitis and arthritis. How long till I'll know it worked? How long till the ache from shot disappear

U need to have a goo: -d reason for injecting a 16 year old. Be sure U R Cing a fellowship trained hand surgeon. This treatment seems way 2 aggressive. ...Read more

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Are cortisone shots good for mortans neroma?

Are cortisone shots good for mortans neroma?

Yes: May reduce swelling and inflammation thereby decreasing pain and possibly size of the neuroma, but will not make it go away. ...Read more

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Do cortisone shots not work in high altitude?

Do cortisone shots not work in high altitude?

They should work: There is no reason that the effectiveness of a cortisone injection should be affected by altitude. At least none that i can imagine. ...Read more

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What is it like getting cortisone shots for chronic shoulder pain?

What is it like getting cortisone shots for chronic shoulder pain?

Be Careful: Chronic shoulder pain isn't really a diagnosis based on an anatomic cause so i would suggest you see a shoulder specialist first to see if there is a treatable or reversible cause for your pain. Too many cortisone injections may be detrimental so proceed cautiously. ...Read more

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How common is it to be in intense pain following cortisone shots to my heels?

Sometimes.: Occasionally after a steroid injection to your heel it can hurt just as much or even a little more during the next 24-36 hours. The steroid does not start working immediately, and takes awhile for you to feel the beneficial effects. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more