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Doctor insights on: Steroid Injections In Pregnancy

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Is a cortisone injections the same as epidural steroid injection?

Is a cortisone injections the  same as epidural steroid injection?

Well: Technically no difference, they are probably the same. However, if the cortisone injection is not done under an x-ray machine (fluoroscopic c-arm) then it could be that the cortisone injection may be just that an injection into the muscle like a trigger point injection. Speak with your doctor to get clarity about what you will be getting. ...Read more

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How safe are steroid injections in scars?

How safe are steroid injections in scars?

Very safe...: If properly done. There can be minor complications, though, so see a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Are epidural steroid injections, si joint, and radiofrequency ablation dangerous if given for years?

Are epidural steroid injections, si joint, and radiofrequency ablation dangerous if given for years?

Yes and No: Osteoporosis after any sort of steroid exposure can occur. Usually this requires repeated chronic long term exposure after several years. Based on your age, unless you have previous exposure to oral steroids or have had significant exposure to epidural steroid injections i would not be too concerned yet. ...Read more

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Does epidural steroid injections injected in the same place as the epidural analgesia?Have same risks?

Does epidural steroid injections injected in the same place as the epidural analgesia?Have same risks?

Yes: It is the same procedure with the same risks. There are additional risks with the steroids this time though. Discuss them with your physician. ...Read more

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How much steroid is used in an epidural steroid injection?

How much steroid is used in an epidural steroid injection?

Variations: There are variations amount practices, but 40 mg of Methylprednisolone for a single injection is fairly standard. ...Read more

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What are epidural steroid injections used for?

What are epidural steroid injections used for?

Spinal Conditions: Many spinal conditions will respond to epidural steroid injection such as sciatica, degenerative disc disease, bulging, protruding, extruded discs which are disturbing spinal neural structures. The body has the inherent ability to cure itself given time. Steroids simply reduce inflammation around the neural structures, reduce pain, in order for time for you body to heal. ...Read more

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Is steroid injections in the knee for arthritis helpful?

Is steroid injections in the knee for arthritis  helpful?

Temporary: Arthritis causes inflammation in the affected joint. Steroids will decrease the inflammation within the joint and improve pain. Once the steroids wear off, the symptoms will reoccur. For knee arthritis, a better long-term non-operative option would be visco supplementation. Injections are given as a series, which may take from 1-5 weeks to complete. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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How much steroid(mg) should be given in a transforaminal diagnostic epidural steroid injection for a small adult?

How much steroid(mg) should be given in a transforaminal diagnostic epidural steroid injection for a small adult?

Depends: Every doctor uses a specific dose of steroid. Generally its hard to say what dose until you meet and speak with the doc. Also they may use different steroids and they are all very different in dosages. ...Read more

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Is there anything else in epidural steroid inj besides steroid and lidocaine?

Is there anything else in epidural steroid inj besides steroid and lidocaine?

Saline?: Generally those are the two main components, however preservative free saline can be added for volume. ...Read more

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What are the effects from Depo-Provera Medrol (methylprednisolone) + lidocaine in trigger point injections?

What are the effects from Depo-Provera Medrol (methylprednisolone) + lidocaine in trigger point injections?

Quick relief: A trigger point can occur from many factors but it ends in a dysfunctional muscle fiber. The addition of Lidocaine or steroids to just the insertion of the needle into the muscle probable does not result in a better outcome. However the local anesthetic does result in immediate relief if not temporary. In my opinion steroids do not help in this situation. ...Read more

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Is RACZ catheter an option when numerous times of epidural steroid injection fails to relieve the pain? Then how many injections before considering RACZ?

Is RACZ catheter an option when numerous times of epidural steroid injection fails to relieve the pain? Then how many injections before considering RACZ?

For Scarring: Racz catheter is used on a procedure called epidural lysis of adhesions which is codespeak for scar tissue, assuming you've had back surgery. Generally it is used to deliver an anesthetic/enzyme mixture to break up that scar tissue but is also used for mechanical compression to breakup the tissue as well. Generally your pain/spine doctor should discuss when this is a good option for you. ...Read more

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Epidural steroid injection scheduled in a week. Heard these are not fda approved. What is your professional opinion of these injections?

Epidural steroid injection scheduled in a week. Heard these are not fda approved. What is your professional opinion of these injections?

fine: Epidural steroid injections are a well-studied, often-used, and successful therapy for chronic pain - especially back pain. Lots of things are not fda approved for all indications but that does not mean they are not safe or well studied. ...Read more

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Can steroid injection alter effectiveness of pregnant test?Think 4w5d preg.Had corticosteroid in shoulder twice in 2 wks. False neg? How long alters?

Can steroid injection alter effectiveness of pregnant test?Think 4w5d preg.Had corticosteroid in shoulder twice in 2 wks. False neg? How long alters?

Steroid injection: These tests look for production of human chorionic gonandotropin (hcg), a hormone that is produced by the fertilized egg. While there are causes for false positive and negative results i'm not aware of any connection between a cortisone shot to the shoulder and HCG levels. Having said that, speak with your obstetrician about advice relative to use of any medication in early pregnancy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why are gravibinon injections used in pregnancy?

Why are gravibinon injections used in pregnancy?

Gravibinon: Gravibinon (combination of estrogen ; progestin) can help protect endangered pregnancies w low progestrone or Estradiol levels (both). ...Read more

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Can you get a Synvisc (hylan g-f 20) Injection and Cortisone Injection in the same knee during the same appointment?

Can you get a Synvisc (hylan g-f 20) Injection and Cortisone Injection in the same knee during the same appointment?

No: Insurance will not approve it. If you have a lot of pain I would typically do a steroid injection first and then follow it up with viscosupplementation 2 weeks later. If pain is mild I would go straight to the viscosupplementation (Synvisc). ...Read more

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In which case should steroid injections be taken?

See below: Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication. Cortisone is not a pain relieving medication, it only treats the inflammation. When pain is decreased from cortisone it is because the inflammation is diminished. By injecting the cortisone into a particular area of inflammation, very high concentrations of the medication can be given while keeping potential side-effects to a minimum. ...Read more

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