the same way the steroid epidurals do chemically? I have an appt. for an epidural for lower back pain, but thinking of canceling it because I am "allergic " to steroids. I've only had them in pill form. Does any one out there know if it's safe to take the injection? Thanks any ideas welcome
Good question! I'm almost positive the body breaks it down differently when it's injected in the spinal canal. It doesn't enter the bloodstream the way oral meds do. Please call the doc ahead of time and ask for sure. There may be a different med they can use. There's several different ones for the spine. Some are for inflammation others are more of a numbing agent. But double check with the doc beforehand. Cathleen, I know you worry a lot, but it really will help the pain. When is the appt? If you don't get an answer ahead of time, at least go to the appt and ask then. If he doesn't put your mind at ease you can always cancel and come up with another plan. Be brave! You can get through this, I just know it. :-)
What kind of reaction do you have to steroid pills? It is very, very unusual to have a true allergic reaction to a steroid. They use steroids to combat allergic reactions to other drugs! I was told I had an allergic reaction to an injected steroid by one Dr, years ago, then later was told it is virtually impossible to be allergic to steroids by seceral other Drs. I then found out it wasn't the steroid, it was a preservative in the injectable steroid. The steroids they use in the epidural space contain no preservatives. Let me know what kind of reaction you have when you take the pills and I'll be able to tell you more.
I just want to encourage you to be proactive in finding out all you can from the doctor I am in almost the same position with my back I am going to have to see a specialist and before they start with injections I have a lot of questions, its one thing to suffer and then you have the right to understand what they are doing and why, I wish you the best of luck-as Chris says you can do this --
In my case the epidural injection I had in the cervical region of my neck was the best thing in the world. It totally relieved the pain I was experiencing in my shoulder and down my arm as the result of having a pinched nerve. In addition, its been over 2 years and I'm still pain free in that regards. I suggest you do a bit more research, be brave and give it a try.
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