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Doctor insights on: Epidural Cortisone Injection

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more


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Is there a difference btn epidural injection vs cortisone. I'm having cortisone done in L4/5 in a surgery center, why there vs doctors office?

Is there a difference btn epidural injection vs cortisone. I'm having cortisone done in L4/5 in a surgery center, why there vs doctors office?

Ask your doc: epidural injection usually uses cortisone. it is up to the doctor whether to do it using a c-arm in office or in the surgery center in case of complications based on your risk profile. ask your doctor if you want to know ...Read more

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What is the pain like after a cortisone injection?

What is the pain like after a cortisone injection?

Minimal: Occasionally, patients have an hour or two of injection site soreness, due to passage of the needle through muscles. Ice and rest is sufficient to address this pain. ...Read more

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Do you need a referral to get a cortisone injection?

Do you need a referral to get a cortisone injection?

Maybe (not) . . .: Most of us docs are based in the states w/o much knowledge of australia's rules & regulations. Over here, injections are typically not available w/o prescription. This includes cortisone. Most family docs can prescribe cortisone injections and have their nurse administer it. Depending upon where injection goes, s/he might refer to pain specialist, orthopedic surgeon, etc. ...Read more

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Doctors, do you think I can die from a cortisone injection?

Doctors, do you think I can die from a cortisone injection?

Possibly: You possibly could die from a cortisone injection if you are truly allergic to cortisone and given a sufficient dose, but death related to a single cortisone injection for a healthy person with no known allergy to cortisone would be highly unlikely. ...Read more

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I found a study that shows a single cortisone injection caused a transient slow down in growth. Does that mean one injection could stunt growth?

I  found a study that shows a single cortisone injection caused a transient slow down in growth. Does that mean one injection could stunt growth?

Got Parental Permiss: Just so you know we only can answer questions for those above the age of EMANCIPATION....This means that your parents or guardian may open an account in their own name and ask a question on your behalf...then, we can "talk to turkey." ...Read more

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Are there any cortisone injection risk factors?

Are there any cortisone injection risk factors?

Very few: The risks are small. Rarely this is a brief increase in inflammation which usually resolves quickly with the application of ice. Infection risks are extremely small. ...Read more

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How much time for a cortisone injection to work?

How much time for a cortisone injection to work?

It may: take as long as a week to really kick in. Try to rest the affected joint while you wait. ...Read more

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Should i abstain fromtaking oral anti inflammatorys after having a cortisone injection?

Depends on your need: The goal of the cortisone injection is to decrease your symptoms to the point where you don't need to take anti- inflammatories. That being said, a short course, if you need them is okay. Ask your doctor which one you should take, at what dose, and for how long. ...Read more

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Had a cortisone injection 2 months ago with intolerance how long can the cortisone stay in my body?

Had a cortisone injection 2 months ago with intolerance how long can the cortisone stay in my body?

Long gone: While some steroids last longer in your blood stream than others, all steroids froom oral Prednisone to injectable triamcinolone would be long gone from your body, even after one week. You could not possibly be having issues after two months! ...Read more

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Can cortisone injection cause shingles?

Can cortisone injection cause shingles?

No: Why ask? Do you have shingles? If so, do you have serious underlying disease? Have you been treated? Any transplants, radiation, or chemotherapy? Your age? Details of any symptoms or skin lesions? ...Read more

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Should you get a cortisone injection for tendonitis?

Should you get a cortisone injection for tendonitis?

Sometimes: Tendinopathies are usually treated conservatively. They will respond to relative rest or bracing, medications (anti-inflammatories) and then exercises. Occasionally, they do not get better and then an injection may be helpful. ...Read more

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Will a cortisone injection help fix or relieve a bulging disc?

Will a cortisone injection help fix or relieve a bulging disc?

Bulging Disc: A bulging disc may not be cause of pain. It is just a finding on and MRI and may not mean anything. In fact, in a review of lumbar mri’s in individuals with no back pain, 54% of people less than 60 had at least 1 bulging disc and 74% of those sixty and older had at least one bulging disc (boden et al, 1990). That being said an epidural block offers relief to many patients with back pain. ...Read more

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How long would pain in shoulder last after cortisone injection?

24-48 hours: The pain of the injection or the pain being treated by the injection? It should disappear within 24-48 hours. ...Read more