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How long are cortisone injections in the neck suppose to last before the pain returns?

How long are cortisone injections in the neck suppose to last before the pain returns?

It depends: It depends on the type of steroid that was used on you. We do not use cortisone anymore for steroid injection as its effect is generally short (4 hours.). More common steroid preparations are methprednisolone or triamcinolone. It also depends if you had a series of injections or just one. Depending on how severe your radiculopathya, the effect could be less than a month to about 6 months or more. ...Read more

Dr. Derron Wilson
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Cortisone Injections (Definition)

The word "cortisone" is thrown around a lot to mean a steroid, but there are many different types of steroids, and not all spaghetti is the same. In general, steroid injections are used to reduce inflammation. Inflammation = pain. You reduce the inflammation, you reduce the pain. Some steroids last longer than others, but can produce side effects. Discuss which one is being ...Read more


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Can a cortisone shot help with burning neck pain? Do doctors ever do a emg on the neckti find out if the nerve is damaged? I also have numbness neck?

Can a cortisone shot help with burning neck pain? Do doctors ever do a emg on the neckti find out if the nerve is damaged? I also have numbness neck?

Yes: Depending on other clinical features, it is common for a physician to order an EMG and or ncs to evaluate this symptom complex as part of a broader diagnostic framework. This can help determine whether a peripheral nerve, plexus or root problem is present, to what degree, and clarify other potential problems associated with your symptoms. ...Read more

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I injured my hip flexor two years ago have done pt and cortisone shots still have pain and now am suffering from severe chronic neck pain to the point?

I injured my hip flexor two years ago have done pt and cortisone shots still have pain and now am suffering from severe chronic neck pain to the point?

SIjt.painradiation: Cortisone for a muscle injury-no! Help me understand what kind of a thigh muscle injury would last 2 years. If you had a beneficial systemic effect from the corticosteroid injection for a short time, your age favors a spondylopathy that a rheumatologist should be diagnosing and treating. AS and others attack your age group. Good luck! If no rheumatologist see an internist or a better FP. ...Read more

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Neck pain/migraine past 2 yrs. "whiplash synd." went to neuro. Tried rhizotomy, cortisone, pt, chiro/massage. Still suffering. Any idea on next steps?

Post-traumatic HA: Patients with a previous history of a primary headache (e.g. Migraine) disorder have a probability of developing a post-traumatic headache.Trauma may involve the cervical spine, especially in an acceleration-deceleration (whiplash) injury. The muscles may develop trigger points that are capable of referring pain to the head triggering migraine. Rec.: see interventional pain management specialist. ...Read more

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I have unexplained shoulder, arm, and neck pain. Done 4 mri's, emg, and x-rays; all neg for causes. Done pt, cortisone/cervical epidural. Help?

I have unexplained shoulder, arm, and neck pain. Done 4 mri's, emg, and x-rays; all neg for causes. Done pt, cortisone/cervical epidural. Help?

Agree with Rheum App: Could be a pain syndrome like fibromyalgia or a complex regional pain syndrome. A good rheumatologic exam is important. Certain medications that are directed to this type of pain may be the solution for you as long as there are no other mechanical reasons for pain, like arthritis. ...Read more

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I'm having bi lateral cortisone injections done on my back. it says no Vitamins A-E, why is that? I'm assuming it's only supplements.

Uncertain: There is more of a risk of bleeding with the NSAIDs. I am uncertain about these vitamins. You need to discuss it with your physician. ...Read more

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5 cortisone injections in lower back about 4-5 weeks ago. Have had ankle and foot swelling ever since. Frequent nighttime urination. Normal?

5 cortisone injections in lower back about 4-5 weeks ago.  Have had ankle and foot swelling ever since.  Frequent nighttime urination.  Normal?

Check for diabetes: Steroid injections can just about alway increase blood sugar so if you are a diabetic patient (even in you did not know it) it could bring on diabetic symptoms. ...Read more

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Could cortisone shots cause really bad head and eye and neck ache the first night?

Could cortisone shots cause really bad head and eye and neck ache the first night?

Related?: Based on your description, it could be a number of things (such as migraine heache, elevated blood pressure, etc). You need to see an eye doctor and a regular doctor for evaluation and proper therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more