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What are some long term effects of epidural steroid injections?

What are some long term effects of epidural steroid injections?

Several: Multiple epidural steroid injections over the long term can result in: 1. Scar tissue surrounding the nerve sac (the dura) which can sometimes lead to spinal fluid leak with headaches 2. Higher risk of infection, bleeding 3. Avascular necrosis of the hips (the hip bone loses blood supply which can lead to premature arthritis) 4. Increased blood sugar (especially in diabetics). ...Read more

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Dr. Janice Alexander
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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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What are some benefits of an epidural steroid injection?

What are some benefits of an epidural steroid injection?

Improvement: Epidural steroids are typically used to treat pain in the neck or back. The reason behind the treatment is to help reduce inflammation or swelling that is contributing to the symptoms of pain or numbness. Although not everyone feels better after an epidural steroid injection, many patients experience significant lessening of their pain. The injection may need to be repeated more than once. ...Read more

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What long term effects of steroids are common?

What long term effects of steroids are common?

A lot her are some: Premature balding or hair loss dizziness mood swings, including anger, aggression, and depression seeing or hearing things that aren't there (hallucinations) extreme feelings of mistrust or fear (paranoia) problems sleeping nausea and vomiting trembling high blood pressure that can damage the heart or blood vessels over time aching joints greater chance of injuring muscles and tendons jaundice. ...Read more

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For what length of time do side effects of epidural steroid injections last?

Vary...: Epidural steroid injection is usually given with mixing some local anesthetics as a part of pain management for spinal disorders. How long the post-injection soreness may last may highly vary depending on the pace of local tissue healing process. Personal experience may help such understanding, but the course of post-injection sore still varies from time to time. Ask your doctor for detailing... ...Read more

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What are long term side effects of frequently used inhaled steroids?W

What are long term side effects of frequently used inhaled steroids?W

Depends: The side effects of inhaled steroids depend on the dose, and how long they are used. The side effects can include osteoporosis, decreased growth velocity in children, thrush, and rarely, cataracts, bruising/skin atrophy, fractures, and adrenal insufficiency. However, these risks must be weighed against the danger of uncontrolled asthma or copd. Definitely discuss any concerns with your provider. ...Read more

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What are the common risks of epidural steroid injections?

What are the common risks of epidural steroid injections?

Like Any Other Inj: The worse part of an epidural injection is typically the local anesthetic administered to numb the skin. After that the needle typically feels like pressure. However as the needle enters the spinal canal or around the nerve root there can be some pain that is transient. Complications can be bleeding, infection, nerve damage and paralysis, but these are extremely rare. ...Read more

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What are some of the rare side effects of epidural steroid injections that last more than 10months?

Let me listing : Infection. Severe infections are rare, occurring in 0.1% to 0.01% of injections. A dural puncture occurs in 0.5% of injections. Nerve damage last long time localized increase in pain non-positional headaches resolving within 24 hours facial flushing anxiety sleeplessness fever the night of injection high blood sugar stomach ulcer avascular necrosis of hip joint(last long) cataracts. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of long term oxygen therapy?

What are the side effects of long term oxygen therapy?

Oxygen as a drug: Mostly related to delivery through nose including dryness/bloody noses. This can create free radicals so it can contribute to negative changes to the airway itself. ...Read more

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What are the long term side effects of cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots to the hip?

What are the long term side effects of cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots to the hip?

Many: Elevated pressure in the eyes (glaucoma) fluid retention, causing swelling in your lower legs increased blood pressure mood swings weight gain, with fat deposits in your abdomen, face and the back of your neck when taking oral corticosteroids longer term, you may experience: clouding of the lens in one or both eyes (cataracts) high blood sugar. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of lumbar steriod injections?

What are the side effects of lumbar steriod injections?

Minimal : Sometimes a rash or heat sensation can occur. If you have a significant case of diabetes, your glucose levels can be affected. Occasionally, a headache can occur or local back pain or pressure sensation from the injection. These all tend to resolve quickly. ...Read more

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Long term effects from epidural steroid injections?

Long term effects from epidural steroid injections?

Pain relief: On the positive side the effect would be less pain and greater quality of life. Long term adverse effects are minimal. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of an epidural administered during delivery?

What are the long term effects of an epidural administered during delivery?

None: Unless you have a complication there will not be any. Complications are very rare. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of spinal fusion surgery?

What are the long term effects of spinal fusion surgery?

Degeneration: One of the most common issues young patients that have spinal fusion is the development of "adjacent level degeneration" which is the breakdown of the segment above your spine that was fused leading to more back pain or nerve issues. This occurs at around 3%/year so in 30 years you wound have an average of 90% chance of having another problem. You should discuss with your spinal surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the effects of using predisone long term.

What are the effects of using predisone long term.

Breakdown in body: Prednisone as much as it is a disease modifying and often life saving medication long term use causes: cataracts, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, peptic ulcer disease, thining of the skin with easy bruising, atherosclerosis or clogging of arteries, high cholesterol, redistribution of fat in the body to midline upper body , face looks round(cushingoid). Adrenal gland can fail. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects from allergy shots?

What are the long term effects from allergy shots?

Yes: About 2/3 of people who do immunotherapy of an appropriate, effective dose will have long term relief from their allergy symptoms even after they have finished 3-5 years of the shots. In some cases this relief is permanent, in others symptoms will eventually return, but may be years later. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of glucocorticoid overdose?

What are the long term effects of glucocorticoid overdose?

Many: Osteoprosis, diabetes, catract, immune defeiency/infection gastric bleedin and many others but many times save life too. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of taking NSAIDS?

What are the long term effects of taking NSAIDS?

Gastric ulcer: Probably the two most common side effects of taking NSAIDS are ulcers of the stomach and liver disease. Have liver function tests performed from time to time to check liver status. And if you cough up blood, see your physician immediately. ...Read more

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Steroids (Definition)

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