Chronic pain in neck from deg arthritis - used too many cortisone inj, any other suggestions?
- 30 Aug 2010 by Patricia11
- 20 Mar 2013
- rheumatoid arthritis, pain, cortisone, injection
Just started getting cortisone inj in my neck for chronic deg arthritis. Pain Doctor said a series of 3, a week a part, could give me relief for up to 6 months. Also am getting injections of cortisone in my feet for planters fascitis (sp)... have had one injection so far.It has helped for the last 10 days. Don't know if the podistrist will give more, since I have had surgery on both feet to fix the problem, which it didn't.
My concern is too much cortisone... Has any one used laser treatment for deg disc disease in their neck? Has it helped?
Do you have Rheumatoid Arthritis or RA? RA is an autoimmune disease. They don't like to give a lot of Steroids to patients with RA because we are at risk for Addisons Disease, which is caused from too many Steroids and is an auto immune disease as well.
You might find more people with degenerative Arthritis on that particular Support Group site.
Also you didn't state how much "cortisone" you received. Sometimes they give very large amounts and something just a little into a specific joint. Sometimes people get these facet injections every 6 weeks until symptoms improve.. Your Rheumatologist should monitor you for any adverse side effects from the Steroids.
Best of Luck!
That is a lot of injections! I had 9 in my lower back in a 13 week period by an old orthopaedic, & was later told by one of the top neurosurgeons in the US, that was too many. They should have been spaced out one month at a time, & only 3 at ll. That I should know having one at a time each month would tell me if I was getting better 3 a week? Doesn't sound right to me, but that's just my opinon. Oh, & my new neurosurgeon said it takes a month to absorb the amount they inject anyway. Good luck to you & would like to hear back on how you are doing.
I have heard they can give injection for arthritis and similar problems to what you have only they are not cortisone, the doctor mentioned them to my mother the medicine is manufactured from a roosters coomb, yes you heard me right, they say the injections are very painful and for some people that cortisone doesn't work for this does, my mom said she had enough pain without it hurting worse. whatever you do or you find out I want to wish you the very best of luck
I also have severe deg disc disease in my neck and lower back. I have had a fusion at c4-5 and need another at c3-4 which I am putting off as long as possible. I have gotten epidural injections many times with great results. I was having a lot of numbness in my arms and hands along with the pain. I seen a rehab specialist who does the injection and he dose a series of 3 injections each a week apart and I have had relief for as long as 1-2 years. The last time I had them was about a year and a half ago. I had trouble with the third dose the last time because the space has narrowed so much that it was too painful too try to get in the right spot. Before the ones last january it had been about two years since the last series. When I first started getting them it took 2 series to get the pain under control. Be patient because after the third in the series it may take up to a month to feel the full benefit.
I have also had the injections in my low back and it has been a couple years since I needed them. Evey one if different but when there is alot of inflamation the injections can really help get things under control. I hope you find the relief you are looking for--I know how the nerve pain from bad discs can be some of the worst pain there is. Best of luck-Kim
Yes, that sounds like too much cortizone for you. It should only affect the area of injection but If your getting that many injections you may want to switch to trigger point injections which is the shot without the cortizone. It works just as good or even better for me. Go for a facets if you can. Its 6 months or more relief and less needles. You may also want to try Voltaren. It turned my pain from Chronic 10 to comfortable 2. It would work on all your inflammatory disease. Look for AARDA on the web. They have great explanation about auto immune diseases and have helped me realize that symptoms I thought were normal were all part of an auto immune response including Addisons disease.
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