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Dr. Foead Geula
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Many children with croup need prescription medications. Often steroids can ...Read more


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Had a severe psychiatric response to a steroid shot yrs ago (have had mild ones to Cipro as well). Is a 4mg, 6 day, tapering dose of Methylprednisolone be likely to cause the same? Or any of the side effects for that matter?

Potentially: If you had a severe response previously to steroid, you sure would not want to try them again. There is the risk with repeat exposures to medications that each reaction could be worse than the previous one. Seek other options. ...Read more

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Sciatic pain in both sides for 7 days. We saw family Dr who administered a steroid shot+dose pk. Pain returned. Terrible night. Thoughts?

Sciatic pain in both sides for 7 days. We saw family Dr who administered a steroid shot+dose pk. Pain returned. Terrible night. Thoughts?

YES!: My thought is that you need to see your family doctor back. I assume you had a terrible night b/c you had terrible pain. The steroid shot & dose pack may have alleviated your symptoms but didn't get to the root of the matter. If your family doc is reluctant to investigate further, see a neurologist, orthopedist or neurosurgical spine specialist. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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My husband had a steroid shot for sinusitis recently and it seemed to cause him to be angry and irritable. Is this a common side effect?

Side effect: Steroid can have side effects like a change in personality. It is usually a temporary effect. An adjustment in doseage may decrease side effects. ...Read more

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I had a steroid shot and an antibiotic injection with a penicillin base on saturday today is sunday. I have a flushed face. Is this a side effect?

I had a steroid shot and an antibiotic injection with a penicillin base on saturday today is sunday. I have a flushed face. Is this a side effect?

Probably: Flushing after steroid injection is not uncommon. If it is from the antibiotic, that's a bit more concerning. If you have any trouble breathing, swallowing or feel faint, you should head to the er. It may be the start of an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Can a steroid shot used for sinusitis cause pain? I have pain in my right leg, both arms (but mostly right), right shoulder, and left side of my neck.

Can a steroid shot used for sinusitis cause pain? I have pain in my right leg, both arms (but mostly right), right shoulder, and left side of my neck.

Steroid Shot: I know of no means for a steroid shot to cause pain in right leg, both arms, etc.

Very strange that this should follow a steroid shot. I can't think of any association. ...Read more

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Can tight, spasming hip, butt, low back muscles on one side cause leg to hurt? Had steroid shot in butt gave a little relief but still feels crampy

Spasm: Absolutely, spasm can reduce blood flow and cause pain/aching in the leg. Not sure why you had the steroid IM shot though. Consider getting your low back looked at by a chiropractor or a DO who knows how to manipulate. Odds are you have a structural issue somewhere below L2. Soak in a hot bath then do some gentle stretching exercises. ...Read more

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How badly can a steroid shot hurt?

Depends on location: Steroid injections in the hand and feet seem to be the most painful. Injections in the knees and shoulders are painful, but to a much lesser degree. Elbow injections are painful as well. ...Read more

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Could I have a steroid shot for strep?

No!: Strep need antibiotics not steroids which will lower your bodies ability to fight the infection ...Read more

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Will steroid shot give you stretch marks?

Will steroid shot give you stretch marks?

No: Can give a lighteneing of the skin or dimple but not stretch marks. Long term steroid use may increase risk of steroid shots. ...Read more

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Can a steroid shot cause you to urine more?

It can: As it can cause your blood sugars to rise and this can cause you to urinate more frequently. It's more likely to happen on those who are diabetes and prolonged steroid use. It can also cause these symptoms if it leads to a complicating urinary tract infection. If you find this particularly bothersome, you should review this with your doctor. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What can be done to get sugars down after a steroid shot?

What can be done to get sugars down after a steroid shot?

Several things: Avoid steroids if possible. Talk to your diabetes doctor before getting steroids to develop a plan based on your usual treatment. If it's too late for those suggestions, be active - try to walk for 5-10 minutes every hour that you're awake. Cut back, or eliminate carbs from your diet until the sugars come down. Just drinking water can often keep sugars below 200-240. ...Read more

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When will the steroid shot wear off if you took it for mono?

When will the steroid shot wear off if you took it for mono?

Quickly: Depends on the preparation used but usually effects are gone after a few days at most. ...Read more

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If I am feeling sluggish can I get a B12 shot or steroid shot?

Only from a quack: Please forgive my frankness. Unless you have a specific illness for which one of these injections is appropriate, you are doing yourself a disservice. If you feel ill or are depressed, get proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What typically happens when an epidural steroid shot does not relieve pain in back?

What typically happens when an epidural steroid shot does not relieve pain in back?

Other options: May need to be considered. Speak with your doctor about these options, epidural steroid injections are only form of treatment for back pain. ...Read more

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How long before I should see improvement in my son with croup after getting steroid shot? How long should croup last

4-8 hours: Generally steroids begin to show an effect after ~4 hours and are working well by 8 hours. If your child received Epinephrine to help him breathe, it may wear off 1-2 hours before the steroid starts to work. Dexamethasone (decadron) has been shown to be the best steroid for croup. Untreated croup tends to worsen for 3-5 days before it starts to improve (as do most viral infections). ...Read more

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Could a steroid shot help carpel tunnel?

Maybe: Corticosteroid shots are commonly used for carpal tunnel syndrome. However, the effects are variable. They tend to be most helpful in individuals with mild disease that has been present for a shorter period of time (< 1 year). More advanced or severe cts is not likely to have a lasting response from a steroid injection. ...Read more

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Can the steroid shot in your back help?

Help what?: Steroid shot to the spine is a common form of managing refractory backache resulting from various spinal and nerve disorders. It works reasonably well for most, not for everyone. More detailing, ask experts in pain management.

Best wish. .. Always. ...Read more

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What do u mean that I need steroid shot in my last question.

Cannot find: Suzie, we do not have the ability, on our end, to search for comments by a specific poster so it may be tough to find your first question. Re ask the question with more details or consider HealthtapPrime. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many times can you get a steroid shot?

Steroid Injections: The literature suggests no more than 4 per year or one every 3 months, though you should discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel really aggressive after getting a steroid shot?

Steroids: Rare, but likely if predisposition exists, such as underlying mood disorder. ...Read more

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I got a steroid shot about 5-6 hours ago and it still hurts! What can I do?

See below: Need to allow 24 to sometimes 72 hours before a corticosteriod shot will take effect. ...Read more

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Is a steroid shot for asthma painful?

Is a steroid shot for asthma painful?

Depends: On your pain threshold. Some people have no problems whereas others faint at the sight of a needle. However, most steroids for asthma can be given orally too. ...Read more

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Can a steroid shot for sinuses make you sick?

Can a steroid shot for sinuses make you sick?

Maybe, I usually: Counsel my patients against steroid injections for sinusitis alone. When steroids are needed for sinusitis, topical steroids or shorter oral tapers are preferred. There are dose-dependent risks of steroid injections. With high/frequent doses, side effects include weight gain, puffiness of the face, acne, elevation of blood pressure, cataracts, thinning of the bones, and avascular necrosis. ...Read more