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What Are Some Pros And Cons For Cortisone Shots Vs Surgery For Back Pain
If cortisone shots don't work what would be the next option for treating lower back pain that is sending pain down my leg n bottom?
Nerve damage: Great question... Its very important to treat pain and to prevent nerve damage. There are multiple ways to treat a herniated disc. They include: weight loss, physical therapy, chiropractic care, disc decompression (traction), epidural injections, intradiscal procedures, and surgery. An EMG is the best test to see if you have old or active nerve damage (if so- you need surgery). ...Read more
What otc/natural medications will relieve lower back pain and severe leg cramps nsaids and anything that causes bleeding is not an option. Cannot be stuck with needles or have cortisone shots. Absolutely miserable, have bad discs and arthritic hips. Can
I: I would recommend seeing a naturopathic doctor. These medications/treatments are not commonly done by spine doctors or surgeons. Good luck! ...Read more
Severe sciatic leg pain 3 mths, stretching an pt bring on severe low back pain, just got cortisone shot, waiting 4 relief, can I still avoid surgery?
Potentially: The majority of caes of sciatica will resolve over time or respond to nonoperative care. It also depends in part on the cause of the sciatica. For example, a disc herniation will heal but a bone spur does not. Among the strongest nonoperative interventions are usually done by an interventional spine specialist and include a nerve root block for sciatica. Thank you for your question. ...Read more
How long should I wait before having surgery for iliopsoas snapping? I've tried pt, nsaids and cortisone shots (12 of them).
Tends to improve: Hard to answer that question but in my experience snapping hip syndrome tends to improve w/ time. Occassionally 'snapping hip' is misdiagnosed or in conjunction w/ another hip abnormality (labral tear).If u can tolerate the discomfort w/ nsaids I would wait on having the surgery as it causes no long term problems and generally improves as u get older... Plus surgery is not 100% or benign. ...Read more
I have Morton's neuroma. Have had cortisone shots, alcohol shots, epac and to no avail. I hear surgery is risky. Thx for your advice.
I have Morton's neuroma in my right footHave had cortisone shots, alcohol shots, epac and to no avail. I hear surgery is risky. Thx for your advice.
No Not risky surgery: As non operative treatment failed, your doctor advised you to under go surgery, is simple removal of that thickened (neuroma) nerve, a low risk out patient procedure. If you want you can even take a second opinion, your doctor will not object may even help you to get one. ...Read more
Maybe: Cortisone injections (why 3? ...There is no standard to do 3 shots.) can help the inflammatory process of the nerve roots irritated by the disc hernitaion. These injections do not "heal" the disc, but can cause accelerated pain relief. Disc herniations occasionally resorb (disintegrate) over time, but there is no guarantee that a disc is healed once the pain is gone, even from injection therapy. ...Read more
Not really: Some try splinting but this is generally ineffective. ...Read more
Can you give me more info on trigger thumb, and can it be cured without surgery or cortisone shots?
Prob. Not: Nodular tenosynovitis of the a1 pulley of your flexor tendon of your thumb (fpl), or 'trigger thumb' is very common and can be both painful and disabling. 'locking' of the thumb @ the wrong time can be problematic as u know. U could try wearing a splint and taking a steroid "dose pak"but this is unlikely to resolve the problem... If it continues to lock and hurt consider a1 pulley release. Gl! ...Read more
I've had surgery on my knee to remove cartilage and I get cortisone shots now, is there something I can do so I don't need shots anymore?
Had cortisone shots in shoulder/hips. Should I wait before having minor Bartholin's gland surgery.
No need: If your Bartholin's gland is infected or needs removal, no need to wait. ...Read more
Sever oa in both my knees doc won't give anymore cortisone shots too young for surgery in sever pain keeping active but hurts what else can be done?
See details: First of all, it is very unusual for a 35 year old to have advanced oa of the knees. I would seek a second opinion with a rheumatologist. If you truly have advanced oa, nonsurgical options are very limited. You can try injectable lubricants which can occasionally help in advanced disease. ...Read more
Osteioartheritis in my knees 35 too young for surgery tried cortisone shots, mobic (meloxicam) and spritz shots nothing works. Will I ever be able to have surgery?
Consider further wou: 35 years old seems very young to have osteoarthritis in the knees bad enough to be contemplating a total knee replacement. Consider an MRI to be sure there is nothing simpler causing your problem that might be treated through a scope and a rheumatology referral to rule out an inflammatory arthritis that could be treated with meds. Thank you. ...Read more
I have sebaceous cyst on chin. Will surgery be only answer? I got 2 cortisone shots and it is still draining and not all gone. Swollen cheeks. Pain: (
I'm 34 and been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my knees I'm too youn for surgery and doc won't give me any more cortisone shots what else can I do?
Keep active: As much as is possible for you. If you are overweight, this is hard on your knees, too. Having oa makes us want to sit and rest, but that is the worst thing to do. Keep moving. Slowly, maybe. Just walking if that what you can do. Keep with your pt. Don't give up. Don't get old before your time! ...Read more
Had arthroscopic knee surgery 3-4 months ago and knee keeps filling with fluid. Have had it drained 3 times and 3 cortisone shots, nothing working.?
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