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Doctor insights on: Can Steroid Use Chronic Lead To Back Pain

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Received steroid shot for blocked eustachian tube yesterday. This morning chronic back pain is gone! Why?

Received steroid shot for blocked eustachian tube yesterday. This morning chronic back pain is gone! Why?

Anti-inflammatory action of steroids: The steroid you received is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Chronic pain is often due to inflammation of muscle or nerve tissue. The medication decreased that, there by diminishing your pain. You need to see someone to evaluate your chronic pain. ...Read more

Steroid Use (Definition)

There are several different types of steroids. Anabolic steroids are often used to gain muscle mass and are the "steroids" that are baned in professional sports/olympics, etc. These can be dangerous if taken innapropriately. Corticosteroids are used commonly to treat inflammation and are found in many different medications, and can be used in joint injections, etc.Hope ...Read more


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Where can I get steroid shots to relieve back pain?

Where can I get steroid shots to relieve back pain?

See PCP: Oral steroids will likely be of little value. Zan epidural steroid injection may (or may not) be the answer. Start with your pcp who can evaluate you and refer you to a pain specialist. ...Read more

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Steroid shots to relieve back pain a good idea?

Steroid shots to relieve back pain a good idea?

Yes: It is a good start. If you have back pain at 31 you likely have premature degenerative disc disease. See an interventional pain management physician and consider an MRI of the low back for diagnostic purposes. ...Read more

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What can be done to treat/ reduce pain? I heard injection of steroids into the spine will help with back pain. True? What else?

What can be done to treat/ reduce pain? I heard injection of steroids into the spine will help with back pain. True? What else?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the spine (mid back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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I AM ALLERGIC TO CORTISONE. ARE THERE ANY OTHER STEROIDS THAT CAN BE USED TO TREAT BACK PAIN THAT ARE NOT CORTISONE BASED?

Yes, many: There are multiple formulation of steroids that can be used. Cortisone isn't actually used on the back, generally triamcinolone is the preferred steroid injection but that depends on the person doing the procedure and the equipment used. ...Read more

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How long does it take januvia (sitagliptin) to start working? And can it lessen the effect of steroid injections for back pain?

How long does it take januvia (sitagliptin) to start working? And can it lessen the effect of steroid injections for back pain?

Januvia (sitagliptin): You should notice januvia's effects within a day or two of taking it. In general improvement in blood sugar should improve longterm effects of epidural steroid injections. Poor controlled sugars make pain improvement difficult. ...Read more

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How do. I get help for back pain that has been going on for 23years.? I have had abrasions and steroid shots. None seem to help.

23 years?: That is a very long time to suffer from back pain. Unfortunately, there is probably no single good answer. You will most likely deal with some level of pain forever but there are things to try to be more functional. If you are overweight, do everything possible to lose weight. Try chiropractic, accupuncture and yoga / pilates. Go slow, don't quit! www.myfitnesspal.com Good luck! ...Read more

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I have been a long time back pain sufferer. Epidural steroid injections worked for over 8 years. Would you recommend another series of injections ?

See your doctor: Based on your history, it sounds like you may benefit from another series of epidurals. Before embarking down this treatment path, however, you would benefit from re-evaluation from a physician to determine the exact cause of your current pain and its suitability to epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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How good is the injection of steroids for low back pain?

How good is the injection of steroids for low back pain?

Depends: There are different types of injections: into or around joints, round the nerves, in the canal containing the sac of nerves. Effectiveness will vary, depending on the severity of the disease, how much of the spine in involved. In the right person, it can help about 70% of the time. It is usually combined with exercise, therapy, pills. ...Read more

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Back Pain (Definition)

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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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